A Naturalist in Brazil: The Record Of a Year's Observation by Konrad Guenther

By Konrad Guenther

Boston 1931 Houghton Mifflin. Translated by way of B. Miall. Hardcover. 8vo, 400pp., photograph illustrations, index, fabric. VG, disguise calmly dirty and shelf worn, no DJ.

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Became To so tame that I BRAZIL IN Many of them, including the boa-constrictor, parted from them with regret. added certain voluntary guests. Each was awakened morning by the little hedge-sparrow, who flew into bedroom in order to hunt for insects. In the evening, my singing, when I was writing up my notes, my task was by no means easy, for every moment some insect flew in often the whole table was covered ; and now and again a great cockchafer crashed into a corner of the room, and then, angrily buzzing, and lying on his back, performed a wild dance across the floor.

Brazilians avoid the rain as they would the plague, and in rainy weather the concert-halls and lecture-rooms are empty. It is may readily have serious consein particular should take good care that true, of course, that a chill quences. The newcomer 25 NATURALIST A IN BRAZIL remains unimpaired, for then he will be best equipped meet the dangers of infection. Most important of all is a regular action of the bowels an intermission even of a day is said to be dangerous, as the toxins of putrefaction accumulate in the bowel.

This fish, as large as a plaice, is so luminously coloured that you might think it had swallowed a Bengal fire. The body is brown, but the belly gleams with the deepest violet, while the back is striped with blue, and blue stripes run backwards from the mouth. Near the eye itself are zigzag lines of blue, like flashes of blue The pennon-like dorsal and abdominal fins and the lightning. beautifully shaped tail are also streaked with blue and violet. This fish soon seemed to realize that I used to bring it food.

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