Humming-bird feeding from Trumpet flower, 1731
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Illustration showing a Humming-bird (Mellivora avis Carolinensis) feeding from a Trumpet flower (Bignonia, fraxini folijs). The bill of the Humming-bird is straight and black; the eyes are black; the upper part of the body and head of a shining green; the throat adorned with feathers placed like the scales of fish, of crimson metallic; the belly dusky white. It receives its food from flowers, its tongue being a tube through which it sucks the honey from them. The bird breeds in Carolina and leaves at the approach of winter.