MOOR BUZZARD (Falco ginosus). This is a very fierce and the breadth twenty-two. The plumage of the female is much less brilliant than that of the male ; in size she is also inferior. Mr. Willoughby, in M9 description, takes no notice of the beautiful olive gloss of the moor fowl's plumage; nor that the bill assumes a fuller and brighter red in the courting season: his natural history of it in other respects, however, is very ample. The moor hen feeds on grassy banks and borders, near to fresh waters, and in the very waters, if they be weedy. It builds upon low trees and shrubs by the water side; breeding twice or thrice in the summer; and when the young are grown up, drives them away, to shift for themselves. They lay seven eggs, of a dirty white colour, thinly spotted with rust colour. It strikes with its bill like a hen ; and in the spring has a shrill call. It may be observed, that the bottoms of its toes are so very flat and broad (enabling it to swim) that it seems the link that connects the cloven-footed aquatics with the fintoed.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835
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