Indian Pigeons and Doves (Classic Reprint)

Indian Pigeons and Doves (Classic Reprint)

by E. C. Stuart Baker
     
 

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My reasons for writing a volume upon our Indian Pigeons and Doves are several, and I trust will be deemed sufficient by my readers.

In the first place, there has as yet been no book published which deals with these most beautiful birds from the point of view of the Sportsman and Field-Naturalist as well as from that of the

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Excerpt from Indian Pigeons and Doves

My reasons for writing a volume upon our Indian Pigeons and Doves are several, and I trust will be deemed sufficient by my readers.

In the first place, there has as yet been no book published which deals with these most beautiful birds from the point of view of the Sportsman and Field-Naturalist as well as from that of the Scientific or Museum-Naturalist, and as this is a gap in the records of our Indian Avifauna which badly needs filling, I may be forgiven for trying to bridge it. Skins - as skins - are, without doubt, full of interest, and especially so, perhaps, when the person studying them is more or less intimate with the life-histories of the birds themselves; but Pigeons are well worthy of study in ways other than by dry skins. To the Field-Naturalist they are birds full of interest; to the Agriculturist they are birds more charming and worthy of culture than has hitherto been generally admitted, and to the Sportsman they offer an object well worthy of attention, for he must have a quick eye, a sure hand, and considerable perseverance and patience before he has mastered their habits and is able to find them and, when found, bring them to bag.

Books referring to Pigeons and Doves, of course, abound; but they are difficult of access and expensive to purchase. Volume XXI of the Catalogue of Birds in the British Museum, by Count Salvadori, is the standard work on these birds; but one does not want twenty-seven volumes of a work, at a cost of something well over fifty pounds, for the sake of Pigeons only.

In the same way, Blanford's Vol. IV of the Avifauna of British India deals with this family very thoroughly; but the volume is one of four, and contains much matter besides such as refers to the birds we are now considering; and, moreover, it tells us but little about the Pigeon itself, except as a museum-specimen. Jerdon contains rather fuller accounts, but, wonderful book as this still is, it was written nearly sixty years ago, and cannot but be somewhat out of date, as well as being difficult to obtain.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781332297757
Publisher:
FB &c Ltd
Publication date:
08/05/2015
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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