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76 TEXAS NATURE OBSERVATIONS AND REMINISCENCES.
especially its head with the enior-
mous wide mouth parts, a photo
was taken of its head an1 repro-
duced he rein.
The bird was twice as large
as a 1bullbat, which it resembled
sonmewh at n its general striped
coloring of the body, wings and
tailfeatlhers, and it measured twen-
ty inches flromn tip to tip of the
outspread wings. iTh ou,h in
(lose search for a nest for v ars
I never (could( trace on -nei her
on thie 1)1aiiis or forests nor at any
ing remnants of some large 1beet'e
The photo shows the head
parts in about, normal size-a
side view of same, with partly
opened mouth. Thie eves are very
large and the upper part of the
hill is sharply curvedl--like the
bill of a hawk. On hot Ih sides
of the upper bill nuiIbe's of long
hair bristles are iresllt -charae-
teristic of the jgoatsuclher species.
It is exceedinlyl rare that
such specimen should he captured,
especially in day time, as the
RI ii.EE .\N\ F RESTi1, ESTERN IOurNTAIN REGIONS, NEA TIE ( ; .! ;HI
IANcHI, TIE AUNTS OF 1 TH Eu \fJVHIP-Ji t 1,Jr - o.
iLnuseIuni f Texas bird specimens.
It was of course generally re-
giretted the mistake was made
of shooting this han idsomne and
useful bird, but it also served to
give it a close inspection; and
the examination of its gullet and
stomach showed that its food
consisted exclusively of insects,
as the stomach contained the
remnants of a large number of
various beetles-all in small frag-
ments of the legs, wings, etc.,
partly predigested-most parts be-
Whip-poor-will is a strictllv no -
turnal birdl--aln(l one that always
delights the heart of the Iniglht
traveler, farmer, or camn per with'
its melodious, ininitable son ,-
resembling somiewihat the iname
given this bird. It aboundlls tuite
numerously in the welster ni oun-
tainous regions, in the dense
forest woods, where, in the stillness
of the night, it delights the traveler
with its merry song. Often two
or more Whip-poor-wills are heard
a far distance away-one re-
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Menger, R. Texas Nature Observations and Reminiscenses, book, 1913; San Antonio, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143558/m1/80/?q=menger: accessed November 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.