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Bullfinches and Primroses

Naturevolume 13page427 (1876) | Download Citation



I HAVE a bullfinch which was hatched last summer after primroses were over. They were therefore quite new to him when I offered him the first I could get this season. He pulled it to pieces quite indiscriminately, biting stalk, flower, or calyx quite indifferently, and the same with a few more which were given to him at the same time. But since then he has often had a few at a time, perhaps twenty or thirty in all, and he now almost always bites out the lower part of the calyx, as described in NATURE, vol. ix. p. 482. Sometimes he bites a little too high up, but almost instantly tries again with better success. When that part is eaten he attacks the stalk rather than the corolla.

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