Life Histories of North American Thrushes, Kinglets, and Their Allies: Order Passeriformes

Life Histories of North American Thrushes, Kinglets, and Their Allies: Order Passeriformes

Life Histories of North American Thrushes, Kinglets, and Their Allies: Order Passeriformes

Life Histories of North American Thrushes, Kinglets, and Their Allies: Order Passeriformes

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ByARTHUR CLEVELAND BENT Taunton, Mass.

Order PASSERIFORMES

Family TURDIDAE: Thrushes, Bluebirds, and Solitaires

TRUDUS MUSICUS COBURNI Sharpe
ICELAND RED-WINGED THRUSH

CONTRIBUTED BYBERNARD WILLIAM TUCKER

HABITS

The redwing of British ornithologists is an accidental visitor to Greenland. Schiøler (1926), the eminent Danish authority, in the annotated list of Greenland birds in his great work "Danmarks Fugle," lists the Greenland visitors as definitely of the Iceland race, Arceuthornis musicus coburni (Sharpe), and on geographical grounds this is what would be expected. Dr.J. Reinhardt (1861) recorded two examples, one of which was sent to Dr. Paulsen in 1845, while the other was shot at Frederikshaab, on the west coast, on October 20 of that year and was sent to the Copenhagen Museum, where no doubt it still is. The species is known also from the east coast. Helms (1926) states that Johan Petersen, superintendent of the colony of Angmagsalik, who for many years made observations on the birds occurring there, received three specimens during the period 1894 to 1915. On October 20, 1904, two were shot by the colony. They were flying from one ice floe to another down by the beach, looking for food, and every now and then they made a trip to the shore, where they doubtless caught sandskippers, small snails, and other prey. They were only slightly shy and were easy to shoot. On October 31, 1906, he received one from a Greenlander who had shot it on the beach.

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