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Identifier: boysbirdsormisst00dyer (find matches)
Title: Boys and birds; or, Miss Truat's mission
Year: 1874 (1870s)
Authors: Dyer, Sidney, 1814-1898. (from old catalog)
Subjects: Birds
Publisher: Philadelphia, The Bible and publication society
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
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ingly showing the wisdom of God in fitting eachcreature with organs exactly adapted to its condi-tion. Here is a picture of the great Plicated Wood-pecker, one of the largest and finest in America. (Fig.15.) See with what a long, stout, and sharp bill heis boring into the trunk of the old tree to which heclings so closely. Now, when we remember that the food of wood-peckers mainly consists of insects and worms wThichbreed and live burrowed in wood, and that they haveto make holes many inches in depth for their nests,we can see that God gave them just such a bill asbest serves their purposes. Had it been crooked, likethe rapacious birds, or made short and blunt, as inmost birds, they would have a hard time of it, andperhaps could not have existed at all. Then, to usetheir long bills to any purpose, they must have a hard-er, thicker skull and stronger muscles, and so Godprovided them with just such organs. A few suchblows as they give on a hard tree would kill most12 138 BOYS AND BIRDS.
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Fig. 15.—Pikated Woodpecker. other birds by breaking their beaks or skulls, butthe woodpecker will hammer away all day long andnever seems to have a sore head for his pains. Open BOYS AND BIRDS. 139 a woodpeckers mouth, and you will find anotherarrangement to wonder at. Here is the head of onewhich I have preserved for the purpose of illustra-tion. The tongue, you see, is capable of being pro-truded to a long distance, and is nicely barbed atthe end by a number of little teeth turned backward.Now, the use of this is to draw forth the prey fromits concealment. The bird makes a straight roundhole down to where the grub lies, then spears himwith this bearded tongue, and out he comes. Thissaves him the work of making an opening nearly aslarge as the worm, as we have to do when we seekthem for bait. 4k Now let us notice the toes of our specimen. Insearching for his food the bird must necessarily runup and down the tree on which he is seeking, some-what like a squirrel, and must have feet

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