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CLAUDE DELAVAL COBHAM
Exerpta Cypria
page 343

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retreat further in proportion as the salt pools near Lamica are evaporated by the sun. The Francolin and red partridge reside throughout the year; the Pardalos and the quail visit the island in the spring, and retire in the autumn. Immense flights of ortolans appear about the time of the vintage; these are taken in great quantities, preserved in vinegar, and exported as an object of commerce. The swallow, the martin, the swift, the melba, the prat incoia, which frequent in numbers the pools in Lamica, visit also the island in spring and leave it in the autumn. Those large birds which frequent the higher regions of Troados, called by the inhabitants demi, I should suppose from their flight to be a species of vulture. The Falco tinnimcuhis breeds here, but the difficulty of procuring the birds of this tribe prevented me from ascertaining the number of species with more precision. The raven, the hooded crow, the jackdaw, the magpie, are common. The jay is found but rarely in the pine woods of Troados. The little owl, though a nocturnal, bird, flies frequently by day among the rocks. The great horned owl, which I did not see, is found in the mountainous parts of the island. The relier, the bcebird, and the oriole are not uncommon ΐ and we often heard the hoopoe and the cuckoo. I observed the rock-pigeoy,. On the cliffs in the western extremity of the island: the wood-pigeon and the turtle-dove in the grevés of Bel-paese. The Calandre and the Crested-lark are the ιηος* common species of the lark tribe, and these inhalrit the island probably throughout the year. The two species of Lanius confine themselves to the pine-woods, with tho black titmouse. Different species of the Motacilla are confounded under the general un'ine of Becca fica. Of the Fringilla tribe, the house-sparrow is the most numerous; an

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