(Falco Lagopus, Gm. Linn.)
THE length from the tip of the bill to the end of the tail twenty-two inches and a half; breadth four feet four inches; weight two pounds and a half. The bill is slightly notched, short, and bluish black; cere yellow; irides pale yellow. The head straw yellow, streaked with narrow lines of brown; the breast and neck the same, but the streaks are broader; the middle of the belly to the thighs chocolate brown; back and wings the same; coverts somewhat of a paler cast, the lesser edged with yellow, and the greater with rather undefined dirty or brownish white; first and secondary quills barred with brown; the upper coverts of the tail white, with yellowish edges, and marked with longish pointed spots of brown; under coverts yellowish white; tail feathers white at the base, and irregularly barred alternately with deeper and lighter brown to near the end, where they are slightly tipped with dirty white; the long tufted feathers, which cover the thighs, are reddish or tawny yellow, streaked with spots of brown; legs the same, and feathered to the toes: the toes yellow and rather short; claws black and not much hooked.
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