IO AUSTRALASIA AND MALAYSIA
face, covered with ruddy coarse hair, that burrows in the grounda the bandicoot.
The whole of the kangaroos, the mouse not excepted, are marsupial animals. All carry their young about with them in a bag or pouch. Of this class also are the opossums, flying-squirrels, wildcats, and bandicoot.
The platypus, or duck-billed water-mole, is a very singular animal, combining in its nature beast, bird, and fish. It is seldom to be seen in the day-time save in very retired places. Up in the Yarra, near the Eastern Mountains, I have seen three or four at a time, keeping in one position, with their heads against the stream, as if gathering their food. This curious animal lays eggs like a duck, hatches them in the same manner, and then suckles her young like the mole.
Our largest birds are the pelican, the emu, and the black swan. The wild turkey, or more properly bustard, is a fine creature, sometimes weighing 17 pounds. The eagles and hawks are noble birds; the white hawk, peculiar to this country, is not graceful. I never saw many of them together; indeed, the first I saw, not knowing before of its existence, was a pleasant surprise.
The lyre-bird is not often seen now, and this is a matter for regret, for not only are its tail-feathers very curious and beautiful, but it is also one of the finest
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