Image from page 642 of “Guide leaflet” (1901)
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Title: Guide leaflet
Year: 1901 (1900s)
Authors: American Museum of Natural History
Subjects: American Museum of Natural History Natural history
Publisher: New York : The Museum
Contributing Library: American Museum of Natural History Library
Digitizing Sponsor: IMLS / LSTA / METRO
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und.Where this irregular but natural type of irrigation is lacking, the vegeta-tion is chiefly of cactus, which, affording but little shelter for birds ofbright colors, is inhabited chiefly by species of neutral-tinted plumage. Here Mockingbirds and Thrashers (chiefly Toxostoma curvirostrepalmeri), Cactus Wrens, Roadrunners, Gambelfl and Scaled Quail,Texas Xighthawks, Inca, White-winged and Mourning Doves and Black-throated Sparrows abounded, while Gilded Flickers and (rested Fly-catchers (Myiarchiu) nested in the giant cacti. The making of the vegetation for this group called for unlimitedskill and patience on the part of the preparator. The cactus shownis a facsimile reproduction of the original. Before making the plastermolds, every one of the hundreds of -pine- W8S carefully removed.After the cast- had been taken from the mold (the Opuntia in wax.the others in plaster) they were colored from field studies of growingplants, and the original spines were then Bet in their proper plao
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CALIFORNIA CONDOR IN PIRU CANON Background by Charles J. Hittell. Birds by Ernest W. Smith 13. THE CALIFORNIA CONDOR LEWIS and Clark found the California Condor as far northas the Columbia River in Oregon, and, at this time, it was dis-tributed southward through California to northern Lower Cali-fornia. This was assuredly a surprisingly restricted range for a bird possessing such unusual powers of flight; but it now occupies an evensmaller area, being found only in the Coast Ranges of southern Cali-fornia, from Monterey County southward. The Condors rapid decrease is believed to have been occasioned byits feeding on the poisoned carcasses of cattle exposed by ranchmen asbait for bears, panthers and wolves. Since these predaceous animalshave now become exterminated or greatly decreased, this unfortunatecustom has been abandoned and the Condor is now holding its own. The California Condor weighs from 20 to 25 pounds, and while notso heavy a bird as the Condor of the Andes, slightly exce
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