Warbler Quotes (2 quotes)
I have stated, that in the thirteen species of ground-finches [in the Galapagos Islands], a nearly perfect gradation may be traced, from a beak extraordinarily thick, to one so fine, that it may be compared to that of a warbler. I very much suspect, that certain members of the series are confined to different islands; therefore, if the collection had been made on any one island, it would not have presented so perfect a gradation. It is clear, that if several islands have each their peculiar species of the same genera, when these are placed together, they will have a wide range of character. But there is not space in this work, to enter on this curious subject.
[In my early youth, walking with my father,] See that bird? he says. Its a Spencers warbler. (I knew he didnt know the real name.) Well, in Italian, its a Chutto Lapittida. In Portuguese, its a Bom da Peida. In Chinese, its a Chung-long-tah, and in Japanese, its a Katano Tekeda. You can know the name of that bird in all the languages of the world, but when youre finished, youll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird. Youll only know about humans in different places, and what they call the bird. So lets look at the bird and see what its doingthats what counts. (I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.)