Cow Bunting, et al.

Cow Bunting, et al.


metal engraving/etching
By A. Wilson, engraved by A. Lawson.

text from the plate

1. Cow Bunting

2. Female

3. Young

4. Maryland Yellow throat

5. Blue grey Flycatcher

6. White-eyed Flycatcher


"The most remarkable trait in the character of this species is the unaccountable practice it has of dropping its eggs into the nests of other birds, instead of building and hatching for itself; and thus entirely abandoning its progeny to the care and mercy of strangers. More than two thousand years ago it was well known, in those countries where the bird inhabits, that the Cuckoo of Europe (Cuculus canorus) never built herself a nest, but dropped her eggs in the nests of other birds; but among the thousands of difference species that spread over that and other parts of the globe, no other instance of the same uniform habit has been found to exist, until discovered in the bird now before us.”