He owed his plumage
as baron to the necessity Napoleon felt of giving him a title before sending him on missions to foreign courts.
Banks of gorgeous flowers were on every hand, and birds with rare and brilliant plumage
sang and fluttered in the trees and bushes.
Under the trees several pheasants lay about, their rich plumage
dabbled with blood; some were dead, some feebly twitching a wing, some staring up at the sky, some pulsating quickly, some contorted, some stretched out--all of them writhing in agony, except the fortunate ones whose tortures had ended during the night by the inability of nature to bear more.
Grandmother Smallweed, who has been mumbling and shaking her head at the trivets, hearing figures mentioned, connects them with money and screeches like a horrible old parrot without any plumage
, "Ten ten-pound notes
The little car seemed to cleave the waves of verdure, and, from time to time, coveys of birds of magnificent plumage
would rise fluttering from the tall herbage, and speed away with joyous cries.
All during the day the forest about them had been filled with excited birds of brilliant plumage
, and dancing, chattering monkeys, who watched these new arrivals and their wonderful nest building operations with every mark of keenest interest and fascination.
The regiment fluttered like a bird preening its plumage
and became motionless.
But for his insistence she would have taken no rest: her brightness was all bedimmed; unconscious of her costume which had always been so fresh and gay, she was like a sick bird with languid eye and plumage
ruffled, her senses dulled to the sights and sounds that used most to interest her.
For a moment, such birds as soared above the rest might still receive the lustre on their wings, which imparted to their sable plumage
the hue and brilliance of deep red gold; at last, that too departed.
The other birds, recognising their own borrowed plumage
, indignantly protested, and began to strip him.
The plan was adopted, the necessary treaty made, with legislation to carry out its provisions; the Madagascarene Philosopher took his seat in the Temple of Immortality, and Peace spread her white wings over the two nations, to the unspeakable defiling of her plumage
Near by lay a shotgun and a game bag through the meshes of which was seen the plumage
of shot birds.
For an instant they both remained motionless, and then the yellow hen shook her wings to settle the feathers and walked toward the door with a strut of proud defiance and a cluck of victory, while the speckled rooster limped away to the group of other chickens, trailing his crumpled plumage
in the dust as he went.
The rock-thrush of Guiana, birds of Paradise, and some others, congregate; and successive males display their gorgeous plumage
and perform strange antics before the females, which standing by as spectators, at last choose the most attractive partner.
The two owls, the swallow, all three species of mocking-thrush, the dove in its separate colours though not in its whole plumage
, the Totanus, and the gull, are likewise duskier coloured than their analogous species; and in the case of the mocking- thrush and Totanus, than any other species of the two genera.