(Falco Lanarius, Linn.—Le Lanier, Buff.)
THIS bird is somewhat less than the Buzzard. Bill blue; cere inclining to green; eyes yellow; the feathers on the upper parts of the body are brown, with pale edges; above each eye is a white line, which runs towards the hinder part of the head, and beneath it a black streak pointing down towards the neck; throat white; breast dull yellow, marked with brown spots; thighs and vent the same; quill feathers dusky, marked on the inner webs with oval spots, of a rust colour; the tail is spotted in the same manner: legs short and strong, and of a bluish colour.
The Lanner is not common in England; it breeds in Ireland, and is found in various parts of Europe. It derives its name from the mode of tearing its prey into small pieces with its bill.
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