The Book of Indian Birds by Salim Ali is a landmark book on Indian ornithology, which helped spark popular interest in the birds of India. First published in , . Salim Ali, The Book of Indian Birds. Published by the Bombay Natural History Society. First edition of this book was produved by a. Results 1 - 30 of the book of indian birds by Ali, Salim and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at echecs16.info
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About the Author: Salim Ali, best known as the Grand Old Man of Indian Ornithology, was the first among many to conduct a systematic bird survey in India. For nearly 50 years The Book of Indian Birds has been a close companion of both amateur bird-watching enthusiasts and seasoned ornithologists in India. ME BOOK. OF. INDIAN BIRDS. BY. SALIM ALI. \Wiih a map, plates in colour ( depicting species). 3 in line and 18 in half-tone\. Published by.
Since his parents died when he was an infant, he was brought up together with his siblings by his maternal uncle, Amiruddin Tyabji in a middle-class household in Khetwadi, Mumbai. Salim was introduced to the serious study of birds by W. Millard encouraged Salim to make a collection of birds and offered to train him in skinning and preservation. Salim went to Burma to help his family in their wolfram tungsten mining works there, where he had ample opportunities to study birds and indulge in his favorite hobby, hunting. However, Father Ethelbert Blatter at St. Part of the work involved examining the specimens collected by J. Stanford in Burma.
Since his parents died when he was an infant, he was brought up together with his siblings by his maternal uncle, Amiruddin Tyabji in a middle-class household in Khetwadi, Mumbai. Salim was introduced to the serious study of birds by W. Millard encouraged Salim to make a collection of birds and offered to train him in skinning and preservation.
Salim went to Burma to help his family in their wolfram tungsten mining works there, where he had ample opportunities to study birds and indulge in his favorite hobby, hunting. However, Father Ethelbert Blatter at St. Part of the work involved examining the specimens collected by J. We realize that being the size of a "myna" may be less helpful for an international birdwatcher, but for an Indian it seems obvious. This is the sense in which it is a book meant for the Indian audience, whom it has served very well indeed over many decades.
To my mind, this still remains the best book to download for the inexperienced amateur birdwatcher. True, it does not cover all species you are likely to see in India, but it was more than a decade after my first interest in birds that I ran into a species that wasn't in the book The thirteenth edition The twelfth edition was revamped completely on the occasion of Salim Ali's birth centenary, and the old illustrations were replaced by excellent artwork by Goa-based nature artist and original Salim Ali collaborator Carl D'Silva.
These have been retained in the 13th edition, so the field guide part of the book is quite useful. But what makes the book worthwhile for the beginning birdwatcher are Salim Ali's colourful descriptions of their habits and behaviour. This list does not cover many of the rarer species - South Asia sees about species, and [Grimmett etal] list on plates. Grimmett is therefore more comprehensive, even listing some 95 more than the Handbook, which had species new sightings and species re-classification accounting for the increase.
The list of birds is not meant to be comprehensive, but it does cover almost everything the beginning bird-watcher may encounter. It includes a section with a few paragraphs descriing the birds, written in Salim Ali's inimitable and colourful style, and this makes it much more useful than a set of sketches with minimal descriptions.
Much of the beauty and interest in birds lies in their behaviour, and this I feel is much better served, at least for the majority of the birds an average birdwatcher is likely to encounter, in the Ali edition than in Grimmett or other more comprehensive but sparser volumes.
The one thing missing in this volume, compared to Grimmett or Grewal, are maps showing where the bird is most likely to be found. Common names of Indian birds From this edition, the taxonomy of the birds shifted to the newer DNA based system, originally proposed by Sibley and Monroe. Daniel notes that this was surely "uncalled for" Unfortunately these have now been internationally adopted, and now BNHS has reluctantly followed suit.
JC Daniel of the Bombay Natural History Society, writes in the preface: The classification of birds has been undergoing periodic upheavals since the time of the first edition of "Fauna of British India" by Oates and Blanford. The publication of the "Synopsis" by S.
This is unfortunate as many of the common English names used in the subcontinent for over a century have been summarily thrown overboard. One can feel a sense of frustration behind these words -- Indian birders were possibly under-represented at these Congresses, and now these other names have become the international standard.
Some changes resulted from species that were merged, e. Indeed, the group "starling" may be better called mynah because of the preponderance in the genus. At the same time, the "warbler" nature of the "Streaked Fantail Warbler", was now discarded; it is called "Zitting Cisticola".
While in many cases, there are genuine reasons for merging the species based on a wider international record, some of the Indian names, could have also been retained. Excerpts Hoopoe Habits: Fond of lawns, gardens and groves in and around villages and towns. Walks and runs with a quail-like but waddling gait, probing into the soil for food with bill partly open like forceps. When digging, the crest is folded back and projects in a point behind the head. It is flicked open and erected fanwise from time to time.
Call: A soft, musical, penetrating, hoo-po or hoo-po-po repeated in runs, often intermittently for 10 minutes at a stretch. Diet: Insects, grubs, and pupae, hence beneficial to agriculture. Nest: natural tree-hollow or hole in wall or ceiling of building, untidily lined with straw, rags and rubbish. Eggs - 5 or 6, white.
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