Psitticus Paradisi ex Cuba:
The Parrot of Paradise of Cuba.
Is somewhat less than the common African gray Parrot: the Bill
white, the Eyes red: the upper-part of the Head, Neck, Back and
Wings, of a bright yellow, except the Quill-feathers of the Wing,
which are white: the Neck and Breast scarlet; below which is a wide
space of yellow; the remainder of the under-part of the Body scarlet;
half way of the under-part of the Tail, next the Rump, red, the
rest yellow. All the yellow, particularly the Back and Rump, have
the ends of the feathers tinged with red: the Feet and Claws white.
The figure of this Bird has the disadvantage of all the rest, it
being painted only from the Case: for as all different Birds have
gestures peculiar to them, it is requisite they should be drawn
from the living Birds, otherwise it is impracticable to give them
their natural air; which method, except in a few Birds, has been
prais'd through the whole Collection. It was shot by an Indian,
on the Island Cuba; and being only disabled from flying,
he carried it to the Governour of the Havana, who presented
it to a Gentlewoman of Carolina, with whom it liv'd some
Years, much admir'd for its uncommonness and beauty.