Introduction, Drollery; Notes, Drollery
Ornithology, Natural History, Animal Behaviour, Amateurism
Presents the responses of various readers to the questions posed by 'An anxious inquirer' concerning a 'species of pigeon called a "tumbler"'. In reply to the inquirer's suggestion that the tumbler may be related to the town bird called 'the "acrobat"', 'Our Own Professor of Nat. Hist.' makes a decidedly unscientific attempt at the taxonomy and etymology of 'acrobat'. Later presents droll answers to absurd questions concerning the behaviour of birds.
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