from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The little auk or sea-dove, Mergulus alle, or Alle nigricans. See cut under dovekie.
- n. The Indian goatsucker, Caprimulgus asiaticus: so called because its note resembles “the sound of a stone scudding over ice.”
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It is a true ice-bird, and, it may almost be said, scarcely a water-bird at all, for it is seldom seen swimming on the surface, and it can dive as little as its relatives, the glaucous gull and the kittiwake.
An ice-bird was caught, and a very pretty bird it is, almost pure white, with delicate blue feet and beak.