Indian Birds Being a Key to the Common Birds of the Plains of India
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Indian Birds Being a Key to the Common Birds of the Plains of India

By Douglas Dewar
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Table of Contents
  • INDIAN BIRDS
  • PREFACE
  • PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION
  • CONTENTS
  • PART I
  • A. HINDUSTANI NAMES OF COMMON BIRDS
  • B. CLASSIFICATION ACCORDING TO STRUCTURAL PECULIARITIES
    • I. BILLS
      • Birds with Long Bills
    • Birds with Long Bills
    • II. CREST
      • Crested birds
    • Crested birds
    • III. LEGS
      • Birds with very long legs
      • Birds with legs feathered to the toe
    • Birds with very long legs
    • Birds with legs feathered to the toe
    • IV. TAIL
      • 1. Birds with the tail deeply forked
      • 2. Birds with long tails (i.e. long in proportion to rest of body)
      • 3. Birds with a very short tail
      • 4. Birds in which a part of the tail feathers are prolonged beyond the rest as bristles
    • 1. Birds with the tail deeply forked
    • 2. Birds with long tails (i.e. long in proportion to rest of body)
    • 3. Birds with a very short tail
    • 4. Birds in which a part of the tail feathers are prolonged beyond the rest as bristles
    • V. SEXUAL DIMORPHISM
      • Birds in which the sexes differ greatly in appearance
    • Birds in which the sexes differ greatly in appearance
  • C. CLASSIFICATION ACCORDING TO COLOUR
    • I. BLACK
      • 1. Birds with a quantity of black in their plumage
      • 2. Black-headed birds
      • 3. Black collaret or gorget or band across the breast
      • 4. Black streak through the eye (i.e. from beak to back of head)
      • 5. Black and another colour
      • 6. Black and two other colours
    • 1. Birds with a quantity of black in their plumage
    • 2. Black-headed birds
    • 3. Black collaret or gorget or band across the breast
    • 4. Black streak through the eye (i.e. from beak to back of head)
    • 5. Black and another colour
    • 6. Black and two other colours
    • II. BLUE
      • Birds with blue in their plumage
    • Birds with blue in their plumage
    • III. BROWN
      • 1. Birds whose general hue is earthy brown
      • 2. Birds with chocolate or rich brown in plumage
      • 3. Brown and black birds.
    • 1. Birds whose general hue is earthy brown
    • 2. Birds with chocolate or rich brown in plumage
    • 3. Brown and black birds.
    • IV. COFFEE OR FAWN COLOUR
      • 1. A fawn-coloured bird with black and white wings and tail
      • 2. Black and coffee colour
    • 1. A fawn-coloured bird with black and white wings and tail
    • 2. Black and coffee colour
    • V. GREEN
      • Birds in the plumage of which bright green predominates
    • Birds in the plumage of which bright green predominates
    • VI. GREY
      • 1. Prevailing hue grey
      • 2. The head only grey
      • 3. Grey and black
      • 4. Grey, black, and white
      • 5. Grey and red bird
      • 6. Grey and white
    • 1. Prevailing hue grey
    • 2. The head only grey
    • 3. Grey and black
    • 4. Grey, black, and white
    • 5. Grey and red bird
    • 6. Grey and white
    • VII. PINK
    • VIII. RED
      • 1. Birds with red in plumage, or having red wattles or red skin on head
      • 2. Red crest
      • 3. Red-legged birds
      • 4. Red patch of feathers under the tail, birds with
      • 5. Red patch of feathers on shoulder, birds with
      • 6. Red patch of skin on side of head, birds with
      • 7. Red and black
    • 1. Birds with red in plumage, or having red wattles or red skin on head
    • 2. Red crest
    • 3. Red-legged birds
    • 4. Red patch of feathers under the tail, birds with
    • 5. Red patch of feathers on shoulder, birds with
    • 6. Red patch of skin on side of head, birds with
    • 7. Red and black
    • IX. WHITE
      • 1. Birds of which the plumage is pure white
      • 2. Birds in the plumage of which white largely predominates
      • 3. Dull-coloured bird whose wings appear all white when flying
      • 4. White bar in wing, birds with
      • 5. Two white bars in wing, birds with
      • 6. White cheeks, birds with
      • 7. Ring of white feathers round eye
      • 8. White and black
      • 9. White, black, and blue
      • 10. White, black, and brown
      • 11. White, black, and chestnut
      • 12. White, grey, and black
      • 13. White, pink, black
    • 1. Birds of which the plumage is pure white
    • 2. Birds in the plumage of which white largely predominates
    • 3. Dull-coloured bird whose wings appear all white when flying
    • 4. White bar in wing, birds with
    • 5. Two white bars in wing, birds with
    • 6. White cheeks, birds with
    • 7. Ring of white feathers round eye
    • 8. White and black
    • 9. White, black, and blue
    • 10. White, black, and brown
    • 11. White, black, and chestnut
    • 12. White, grey, and black
    • 13. White, pink, black
    • X. YELLOW
      • 1. Birds with bright yellow in the plumage
      • 2. Birds with bright yellow or orange legs
      • 3. Birds with dull-coloured upper plumage and bright yellow under parts
      • 4. Yellow patch of feathers under the tail, birds with
      • 5. Yellow patch of feathers on the throat, bird with
      • 6. Yellow patch of skin on side of head or yellow wattles, birds with
      • 7. Yellowish red
      • 8. Yellow and black
    • 1. Birds with bright yellow in the plumage
    • 2. Birds with bright yellow or orange legs
    • 3. Birds with dull-coloured upper plumage and bright yellow under parts
    • 4. Yellow patch of feathers under the tail, birds with
    • 5. Yellow patch of feathers on the throat, bird with
    • 6. Yellow patch of skin on side of head or yellow wattles, birds with
    • 7. Yellowish red
    • 8. Yellow and black
    • XI. BIRDS OF MANY COLOURS
      • 9. Birds in the plumage of which at least four bright colours appear
    • 9. Birds in the plumage of which at least four bright colours appear
  • D. CLASSIFICATION ACCORDING TO HABITS
    • I. BIRDS HAVING REMARKABLE CRIES
    • II. BIRDS WHOSE NESTS ARE LIKELY TO BE FOUND IN ANY GARDEN IN THE PLAINS
    • III. BIRDS THAT ARE FOND OF SITTING ON EXPOSED PERCHES, SUCH AS TELEGRAPH WIRES
    • IV. BIRDS WHICH ARE ALMOST INVARIABLY FOUND IN FLOCKS, EXCEPT WHEN NESTING
    • V. FLIGHT
      • 1. Birds of very powerful flight, i.e. birds which spend a great part of the day on the wing
      • 2. Birds which make little sallies into the air from a perch after insects
      • 3. Little birds which fly from the ground some twenty or thirty feet and then drop to the ground, singing as they descend
    • 1. Birds of very powerful flight, i.e. birds which spend a great part of the day on the wing
    • 2. Birds which make little sallies into the air from a perch after insects
    • 3. Little birds which fly from the ground some twenty or thirty feet and then drop to the ground, singing as they descend
    • VI. FEEDING HABITS
      • 1. Birds which feed largely on the ground
      • 2. Birds that run up and down the trunks of trees, on which they find their food
      • 3. Birds that feed largely on insects which they pick off the foliage, sometimes hovering on vibrating wings in order to secure their quarry
      • 4. Birds which feed on insects which they catch in the air by making little sallies from a perch
      • 5. Birds which either catch fish or take their food off the surface of water
    • 1. Birds which feed largely on the ground
    • 2. Birds that run up and down the trunks of trees, on which they find their food
    • 3. Birds that feed largely on insects which they pick off the foliage, sometimes hovering on vibrating wings in order to secure their quarry
    • 4. Birds which feed on insects which they catch in the air by making little sallies from a perch
    • 5. Birds which either catch fish or take their food off the surface of water
    • VII. BIRDS WHICH HABITUALLY CARRY THE TAIL ALMOST VERTICALLY
  • PART II Descriptive List of the Common Birds of the Plains of India
    • NOTES
    • List of abbreviations used
    • The Crows, 1-4
    • The Babblers, 6-10
    • The Bulbuls, 14-22
    • The Red-vented Bulbuls, 15-18
    • The Red-whiskered Bulbuls, 20 and 21
    • The Nuthatches, 23 and 24
    • The Drongos, 25-27
    • The Warblers, 28-33
    • The Shrikes, or Butcher Birds, 34-37
    • The Minivets, 39-41
    • The Cuckoo-Shrikes, 42 and 43
    • The Orioles, 44 and 45
    • The Grackles, or Hill Mynas, 46 and 47
    • The Starlings, 48-54
    • The Flycatchers, 55-60
    • The Fantail Flycatchers, 58-60
    • The Robins, 61-69
    • The Weaver Birds, 70-73
    • The Munias, 74-79
    • The Finches, 80-82
    • The Buntings, 83-85
    • The Swallows, 86-90
    • Key to the Common Swallows
    • The Wagtails, 91-94
    • The Pipits, 95 and 96
    • The Larks, 97-103
    • The Bush Larks, 99 and 100
    • The Crested Larks, 101-103
    • The Finch-Larks, 104 and 105
    • The Sunbirds, or Honeysuckers, 106-108
    • The Pittas, 109
    • The Woodpeckers, 110 and 111
    • The Barbets, 113 and 114
    • The Bee-eaters, 116 and 117
    • The Kingfishers, 118-120
    • The Hornbills, 121 and 122
    • The Hoopoes, 123
    • The Swifts, 124 and 125
    • The Nightjars, 126 and 127
    • The Cuckoos, 128-131
    • The Green Parrots, 132-134
    • The Owls, 135-139
    • The Vultures, 141-145
    • The Birds of Prey, 146-162
    • The Green Pigeons, 163-164
    • The Doves, 166-169
    • The Sand Grouse
    • The Quails
    • The Partridges
    • The Rails, 174-176
    • The Cranes, 177-179
    • The Bustards
    • The Jaçanas, 181 and 182
    • The Lapwings, 183 and 184
    • The Plovers, 185 and 186
    • The Curlews, 189 and 190
    • The Sandpipers, 192-195
    • The Snipes
    • The Gulls, 196-199
    • The Terns, 200-205
    • The Pelicans, 207 and 208
    • The Cormorants, 209-211
    • The Ibises, 212-214
    • The Storks, 216-221
    • The Herons, 222-225
    • The Geese, 227 and 228
    • The Ducks, 229 and 230
  • INDEX TO DESCRIPTIVE LIST
  • Transcriber’s Notes
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