Oenanthe Americana Pectore Luteo: The yellow breasted Chat.
This is about the Size of our Sky-Lark: The Bill black; the Head
and all the Upper-part of the Back and Wings, of a brownish Green;
the Neck and Breast yellow. A white Streak reaches from the Nostrils
over the Eye; under which is also a white Spot. From the lower Mandible
of the Bill runs a narrow white Line. The Belly is dusky White; the
Tail brown: The Legs and Feet are black. This Bird I never saw in
the inhabited Parts. They frequent the Upper-parts of the Country,
200 and 300 Miles distant from the Sea. They are very shy Birds, and
hide themselves so obscurely that after many Hours Attempt to shoot
one, I was at last necessiated to employ an Indian, who did
it not without the utmost of his Skill. They frequent the Banks of
great Rivers; and their loud chattering Noise reverberates from the
hollow Rocks and deep Cane-Swamps. The Figure represents the singular
Manner of their Flying with their Legs extended.
Solanum triphyllon flore hexapetalo tribus petalis purpureis erectis
caeteris viridibus reflexis.
This Plant rises with a single strait Stalk, five or fix Inches high;
from the Top of which spreads forth three broad pointed Leaves, placed
triangularly, and hanging down. These Leaves have each three Ribs,
and are variegated with dark and lighter Green. From between these
Leaves shoots forth the Flower, consisting of three purple Petals
growing erect, having its Perianthium divided in Three. They
grow in shady Thickets in most parts of Carolina.