Rubicula Americana Caerulea: The Blue Bird.
This Bird weighs nineteen Penny Weight and is about the bigness
of a Sparrow. The Eyes are large. The Head and upper-part of the
Body, Tail and Wings are of a bright blue, except that the Ends
of the Wing-Feathers are brown. The Throat and Breast, of a dirty
Red: The Belly white. 'Tis a Bird of a very swift Flight, its Wings
being very long; so that the Hawk generally pursues it in vain.
They make their Nests in Holes of Trees; are harmless Birds, and
resemble our Robin-red-breast. They feed on Insects only.
These Birds are common in most Parts of North America, I
having seen them in Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and the
Smilax non Spinosa, humilis, folio Aristolochioe, baccis rubris.
This Plant sometimes trails on the Ground, the Leaves resembling
those of the Birth-wort, set alternately on it slender Stalks;
from which hang Clusters of small berries of an oval Form but pointed,
each containing a very hard round Seed.