Excerpt from The Illustrated Book of Domestic Poultry Our Domestic Poultry belong, respectively, to three distinct orders of the class aves; viz., the rasorial or gallinaceous order, the columbine or gyratorial order, and the natatorial or swimming order. As the term rasores leads us to infer, the birds included in this class are chiefly, if t exclusively, terrene in their habits; many of them roost, for they can hardly be said to perch, on trees, though they can use their wings; but some, as the patridge, grouse, and others, remain always on the ground. The generic characters of the gallus are, - bill moderate, strong, convex above, curved towards the point, naked at the base, and furnished with fleshy protuberances, called wattles; head surmounted with a fleshy crest or comb; legs in the male, armed with a long spur; wings short and graduated; tail-feathers fourteen, forming two vertical plains, with the under side of the feathers inclining towards each other, and so making what may be called a folded tail; the middle feathers longest and curving backwards. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.