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. 28 Aug Salim Ali, The Book of Indian Birds. Published by the Bombay Natural History Society. First edition of this book was produved by a. Buy The Book of Indian Birds on ✓ FREE SHIPPING on qualified orders.

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See all customer images. Flight picture in Grimmett is better Colourful language saoim on the white-breasted waterhen: 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. Summer visitor to far north; resident and winter visitor to much of rest of subcontinent.

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A must have for any bird watcher, and very useful field guide. Customers who imdian this item also bought. The book made me more familiar with different types of bird species.

Authors are already under pressure to conform, as I know from personal experience. No trivia or quizzes yet.

The Book of Indian Birds

Since there were no jobs connected with natural history inSalim Ali and his wife Tehmina went off to Burma to look after the family mining and timber business. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Along with Sidney Dillon Ripley he wrote the landmark ten volume Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan, a second edition of which was completed after his death.

The one thing missing in this volume, compared to Grimmett or Grewal, are maps showing where the bird is most likely to be found. The Fall of a Sparrow: Add all three to Cart. Despite his studies at the prestigious university abroad Salim Ali was unable to get job. Eggs – 5 or 6, white. Daniel notes that this was surely “uncalled for” Neha rated it it was amazing Mar 26, The book now illustrates in color, and succinctly describes the habits and habitats of birds of the plains and foothills, and of the wetlands and sea-coast.


Salim Ali’s original text while describing and illustrating additional species.

A great visionary, he made birds kndian serious pursuit when it used to be a mere fun for the most. After returning to India, Salim Ali tried to get a job as an ornithologist with the Zoological Survey of India but since he did not have an M.

As any well-read Holarctic birder knows, some names for widespread species differ unrecognizably on either side of the Atlantic, North American ‘loons’, ‘jaegers’ or ‘murres’ sounding foreign to Britons used to ‘divers’, ‘skuas’ and ‘guillemots’. Contrast with Grimmett etal’s deadpan description: Be the first to ask a question about The Book of Indian Birds. Sometimes referred to as the “birdman of India”, Salim Ali was among the first Indians to conduct systematic bird surveys across India and wrote several bird books that popularised ornithology in India.

A beautiful book to start bird watching in the Indian Subcontinent.

Book of Indian Birds

When he retired as its Director in he was promptly elected an Honorary Member and is now indizn Honorary Secretary. This list does not cover many of the rarer species – South Asia sees about species, and [Grimmett etal] list on lndian. Birds of the indian subcontinent by Grimmet and another one by the same name by Kazmierczak are perhaps more popula I would put it as just sufficient for starting out.

Minor errors that were overlooked in the earlier edition have also been rectified.


The publication of the “Synopsis” by S. Influenced early in his life by Dr. His mother’s empathy towards animals and his father’s scholarly pursuits encouraged him to frequent Trivandrum’s excellent public library, where books on Inndian wildlife whetted his budding curiosity slim the natural world.

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. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Here’s how terms and conditions apply.

Book Excerptise: The Book of Indian Birds, 13th ed. by Salim Ali and J. C. Daniel

But what makes the book worthwhile for the beginning birdwatcher are Salim Ali’s colourful descriptions of their habits and behaviour. First published init was the first birding book meant for the average Indian lay person. Fond of lawns, gardens and groves in and around villages and towns.

Buy the selected items together This item: Sold by Repro Books and ships from Amazon Fulfillment. Your recently viewed items bird featured recommendations. Read more Read less. A great handbook of Indian birds, salin you enjoy birdwatching or simply loves them.

Shruti rated it it was amazing Feb 23, Cashback will be credited as Amazon Pay balance within 15 days. The princely states were only too eager to have their birds recorded for posterity, and they readily agreed to this novel idea. Salim Ali was the finest Ornithologist ever. One day young Salim shot a sparrow which had a yellow streak below its neck.

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