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To the Edito)- if ihe Aorth If- ales Gazette- It is hoped that no displeasure shall be in- cur ed in obvuslmg an error which may pre- -*at, l(i t!ie of (Itiei.ce of a paragraph which appeared in the North Walts G izeiie, of December 29, 1814, Coticertliti, a Bird which was shot near Pwll- heli, by Mr Thomas. The bird is there said to be Colymbus Podi- ceps (of Linueus) which is the PiedbilledGrebe of Mr. Pennant's Arctic Zoology, and of Dr. Latham's Sy/iopsia of Birds. it is not known that the Colymbus Podiceps has ever been ob- served iü Europe it is a visitant of Carolina, &c. in North America, where it cotitititiesfl-OW, Hie tud 01 autumu to the tuoulh of April. The Bird now under consideration is the Colymbus Urinator of Liiiiietis,-tiie Tippet Grebe of Mr. Pennant's British Zoology,—of Dr. Latham's.\ljrlopsi,and the Greater LOOTl of Wiiloughby's Ornithology. The skin of the breast and belly of this bird, on account of its beautiful glossy white co- lour, 11Cing dressed with the feathers on, is a considerable article of commerce, being made into muffs and tippets, from whence it has ob- tained the name of TIPPET GREBE. But from late attentive observation it is found that the Tippet Grebe is not a distinct species, but a young bird, in the plumage of the first year, of the Colymbus crystatus of Linneus,—the Great Crested Grebe of Dr. Latham, and Mr. Pennant, and the Greater Crested and Homed Doucker of Wi Hough by. These muffs and tippets are sold at high prices; the greater quantities of them are brought frem Geneva, where this species of Colynibus abounds; it breeds also in several parts of Eiigiatid.-iii Shropshire, Cheshire, and Lancashire; it has been known to breed on a lake called Llyn- Coron, near Aberffraw, in Anglesey. H. D.

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