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What a beautiful creature this is! A mounted specimen requires, like the Snowy Owl, the greatest care and a dust tight glass case to preserve its beauty. Dr. Coues’ account of it should be read by those who are interested.
Why this duck should be called red-breasted is not at first apparent, as at a distance the color can not be distinguished, but seen near, the reason is plain. It is a common bird in the United States in winter, where it is found in suitable localities.
This is an American bird, and has been described under various names by various authors. It is found in the lower parts of Pennsylvania and in New England, particularly in autumn, when the berries of the sour gum are ripe.