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  • "You recollect, father, that heathcock we saw some years ago displaying his glossy plumage to the dazzled hens; is that not a well-marked proof of coquetry? and is not this coquetry an indication of something more than mere instinct?"

    Willis the Pilot

  • There the heathcock clucked and sang his song of love, as he sat on the top branches of the cedar and admired the grey hen scratching in the fallen leaves below.

    Beasts, Men and Gods

  • The next morning I went hunting and had the good fortune to kill two heathcock.

    Beasts, Men and Gods

  • Generally, after my morning tea, I went into the forest to seek heathcock or blackcock.

    Beasts, Men and Gods

  • One day, coming back from the hunt with a big heathcock, I suddenly noticed among the trees a black, moving mass.

    Beasts, Men and Gods

  • The heathcock flew from the trees very idly, hares loped slowly down the beds of summer streams.

    Beasts, Men and Gods

  • Fergus, all the while, with his myrmidons, striding stoutly by his side, or diverging to get a shot at a roe or a heathcock.

    The Waverley

  • Much game of all kinds is thus driven out to be shot, but the sportsman finds true pleasure only in tracking the single heathcock, the solitary chamois.

    In the Fire of the Forge — Volume 03

  • Where I may hear the heathcock craw, and the great harts bray;

    Andromeda and Other Poems

  • a partridge or heathcock could rest in security, and game of whatever species that dared to light upon his manor, was beaten down by his shot, or covered with his nets.

    The Works of Samuel Johnson, Volume 03 The Rambler, Volume II


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