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Indian Ducks and Their Allies (Classic Reprint) Forgotten Books
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Excerpt from The Indian Ducks and Their Allies A further complaint which is equally sure to be raised will refer to the change in the names of many ducks which we have all known and accepted for so long. To this I have but the same answer as that which I have already repeatedly given. The names we have hitherto used are not correct, and therefore cannot be retained, and in justice to the man who first named any species that name must be used. It may inconvenience some of us of the older generation, but the newer will learn to know the bird by its correct name, and will suffer injury neither to his sentiments nor to his convenience. The classification adopted is practically that of Blanford in the fourth volume of the Avifauna of British India. Since that book was written, some ornithologists have lumped genera together, whilst others have placed almost every duck in a separate genus. Convenience and facilities to the student seem to advise a medium course between these two, and so this has been the course adopted. Some of the plates in the first edition have been replaced by new and better ones, and others have been improved; a fuller index has been given, and a complete list of the authors and their works referred to in the synonymy. To facilitate reference each species has been dealt with in the same manner: (1) Synonymy, (2) Descriptions of male, female and young, (3) Distribution, (4) Nidification, and (5) General habits. It will be noticed that in this edition the title has been altered to "The Game-Birds of India, Burma and Ceylon Ducks and their allies (Swans, Geese and Ducks)," as this edition now forms the first volume of the series of The Game-Birds. The second volume will be the Snipe, Bustards and Sandgrouse, just published; the third volume will be the Pheasants and the fourth the Partridges. I have to record my very cordial thanks to the Authorities of the British Museum for the kindness with which they have allowed me to work in their galleries, for the constant assistance given to me in my work, and for placing at my disposal so vast an amount of material and so excellent a library. In this connection I would especially wish to thank Messrs. R. Ogilvie Grant and W. L. Sclater, who were in charge of the Ornithological Department during the time I was employed in revising the first edition. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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