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They were of all colors and sizes, from the large, awkward - looking mackaw, with his hoarse, discordant note, to the little, delicate-looking paroquet, dumb as a barnacle, and not bigger than a wren.
Startled at their approach, a bird like a huge mackaw bounced from the boughs of the trees, and sped away, every now and then upon the ground, toward the shelter of the forest, fluttering and hopping close by the side of the little brook which, emerging from the forest, winds into the glen, and beside the course of which Sir Bale and Philip Feltram had ascended from the margin of the lake.
What gorgeous colouring! it looks like the plumage of a mackaw; and what a claw his hand is! and that huge broken beak of a nose!
He could not see it, but he fancied the scream was like that of the huge mackaw whose ill-poised flight he had watched.
What a fat brute that bird was! and green and dusky-crimson and yellow; but its head is white -- age, I suspect; and what a broken beak -- hideous bird! splendid plumage; something between a mackaw and a vulture. "
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