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By William Henry Edwards

William H. Edwards (1822-1909) used to be an American entomologist and naturalist whose paintings made an important contribution to clinical examine. First released in 1847, this can be Edwards' own account of his recognized day trip to the Amazon basin. It relates his voyage from big apple, brief place of abode within the urban of Par? and exploration of the neighborhood jungle. knowledgeable observer, Edwards describes in attention-grabbing element the animals, crops and geography of the zone, speaking his satisfaction at every one discovery. Highlights of the quantity contain vibrant depictions of encounters with anacondas and electrical eels, unique end result and birds, and observations at the customs of the neighborhood Portuguese and local populations. meant to be used through either the naturalist and the final reader, this publication will captivate someone attracted to the background of trip and exploration, in addition to the improvement of medical examine within the tropics.

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Theflowersthat bloomed by day have closed their petals, and, nestled in their leafy beds, are dreaming of their loves. A sister host now take their place, making the breezes to intoxicate with perfume, and exacting homage from bright, starry eyes. A murmur, as of gentle voices, floats upon the air. The moon darts down her glittering rays, till the flower-enamelled plain glistens like a shield ; but in vain she strives to penetrate the denseness, except some fallen tree betrays a passage. Below, the tall tree-trunk rises dimly through the darkness.

This bird is about the size of a robin, having a back of a dark rich green, and a long wedge-shaped tail, two feathers of which extend some inches beyond the others. The shafts of these are stripped of their webs near the extremities, giving the bird a very singular appearance. One would suppose that these birds trimmed their feathers thus themselves, for many are found with quills perfect, and others partly denuded. The motmots are generally in pairs in the deep woods, and are easily recognised by their note, motmot, slowly repeated.

They spoke of it as a slight affair, and probably the little blood that is extracted is rarely an injury. If the foot is covered there is no danger, or if a light is kept burning 42 A VOYAGE UP THE RIVER AMAZON. [CHAP. V. in the room; and often we have slept unharmed, thus guarded, where bats were flitting about and squeaking the night long. Cattle and horses are not so easily protected, and a wound once made, the bat returns to it every night until proper precautions are taken or the animal is killed by loss of blood.

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