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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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person not well versed in natural history might
have mistaken for one, but the bill and
and feet proved it to be an inhabitant of the
water.

There is a small bird sometimes to be
met with in this country and in other
northern climates. One of this kind was
lately taken near Ravensworth-castle, in
the county of Durham, and is now in the
possession of Lady Liddell. It is about the
size of the thrush. This bird is called the
Siebenschwantz, or Bohemian chatterer, a
solitary bird, from whence it is conjectured
to have been called the micro-phœnix. It
has a long tail of blue, red, and yellow
feathers, which give it a very glowing
appearance. On almost every feather of the
wing there is a small red bright spot, like a
drop of red sealing-wax. This last has been
particularly observed in a bird of the same
size, though otherwise less gaily feathered,
in the southern parts of America. But it
seems probable that these birds are not of
the same kind, as this has a tuft upon its
head, which does not answer the
description of the other. It is not however

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