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Name this Bird

Nature volume 134, page 273 (25 August 1934) | Download Citation



THE avowed purpose of this book is to provide a sure guide for those who can scarcely be said to have even a nodding acquaintance with the birds of the field and garden; enabling them to name any bird that they may see, or be so fortunate as to have in the hand. For their benefit a set of ‘Key's for identification has been prepared, but these are of little practical use. The confused arrangement of the species described in these pages will be apparent when it is pointed out that the coot, the starling, and the capercaillie are all bracketed together ! These ‘Key's form Section I. In Section II the species follow one another in their natural order, and are briefly described. Unfortunately, however, nothing is said about the coloration of the immature bird, so that those who turn to these pages to enable them to identify, say, a young starling, or robinto take but two exampleswill turn in vain.

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