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Author: Douglas Dewar
Publisher: Aleph Book Company (20-Jul-15)
Edition: 20-Jul-15
ISBN-13: 9789384067397
Publishing year: Aleph Book Company
No of pages: 224
Weight: 197g
Language: English
Book binding: Paperback

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Douglas Dewar was a British civil servant and ornithologist who wrote more than twenty books on the birds of India, the Himalayas and Kashmir. He wrote widely in newspapers such as the Madras Mail, Pioneer, Times of India and periodicals such as the Civil and Military Gazette and Bird Notes.

'You will find no lack of superlatives among our Indian birds' writes Douglas Dewar in this superb and idiosyncratic book about some of the most interesting birds to be found in the country. From the common crow, 'splendid in sagacity, resource, adaptiveness, boldness, cunning and depravity, a Machiavelli, a Shakespeare among birds, a super-bird' to the scavenger vulture, 'the ugliest bird in the world', wagtails 'who dress most tastefully', 'mad babblers', 'upright cuckoos', the night heron which 'only sleeps when it has nothing better to do', hawks 'the bandits of the air', the drongo, who 'is the embodiment of pluck' and dozens of other species, well-known and rare, Jungle Folk will make you see our birds in new and arresting ways. In his closely observed sketches, the legendary naturalist explores in detail every significant element of the bird in question including anatomy, physiology, behaviour, lifestyle and habitat.