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Birds of the Plains

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Title:Birds of the Plains
Author:
Dewar, Douglas   
(2 of 8 for author by title)
Bombay Ducks; An Account of Some of the Every-day Birds and Beasts Found in a Naturalist's Eldorado
Animals of no Importance
Photographer:
Fayrer, Captain F. D. S.   
(1 of 2 for author by title)
Bombay Ducks; An Account of Some of the Every-day Birds and Beasts Found in a Naturalist's Eldorado
Published:   1909
Publisher:John Lane Company
Tags:birds, non-fiction, ornithology, reference
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CONTENTS: BRITISH BIRDS IN THE PLAINS OF INDIA THE BIRD IN BLUE. SPARROWS IN THE NURSERY THE CARE OF YOUNG BIRDS AFTER THEY LEAVE THE NEST THE ADJUTANT BIRD. THE SARUS THE STABILITY OF SPECIES. THK AMADAVAT THE NUTMEG BIRD COBBLER OR TAILOR? A CROW IN COLOURS UP-TO-DATE SPECIES MAKING HONEYSUCKKRS A HEWER OF WOOD A FEATHERED SPRINTER A BIRD or CHARACTER SWIFTS. BIRDS AS AUTOMATA PLAYING CUCKOO THE KOEL THE COMMON DOVES OF INDIA DOVES IN A VERANDAH THE GOLDEN ORIOLE THE BARN OWL. A TREE-TOP TRAGEDY. Two LITTLE BIRDS THE PARADISE FLYCATCHER BUTCHER BIRDS DUCKS A DETHRONED MONARCH BIRDS IN THE RAIN THE WEAVER BIRD GREEN PARROTS THE ROOSTING OF THE SPARROWS. A GAY DECEIVER THE EMERALD MEROPS DO ANIMALS THINK? A COUPLE OF NEGLECTED CRAFTSMEN BIRDS IN THEIR NESTS THE INDIAN COKIIY ILLUSTRATIONS: THE GREY PELICAN A BIRD OF THE PLAINS THE WHITE-BREASTED KINGFISHER THE REDSHANK ONE OF THE BRITISH BIRDS FOUND IN INDIA THE INDIAN ROLLER, OR "BLUE JAY" THE INDIAN ADJUTANT LOTEN'S SUNBIRD... [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Dewar, Douglas

Douglas Dewar (1875–1957) was a barrister, British civil servant in India, and ornithologist who wrote several books about Indian birds. 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.

Dewar however wrote most on ornithology and wrote numerous books on the birds of India. He particularly favoured the study of birds in life in the field wrote in his Birds of the Plains:

"The ornithological world is peopled by two classes of human beings. There are those who study nature inside the museum with the microscope and scalpel and there are those who live to observe birds In the open and study their habits."

He accuses the museum ornithologists of needlessly multiplying new species and altering names, too much attention being paid to local variations.

In his early education, he had been taught the ideas of evolution and was half-hearted in his acceptance of the principles. Although his early works on ornithology seemed to accept ideas of adaptation and selection, he later became a creationist and published a number of books and debates attacking evolution, and was the founding secretary-treasurer in the Evolution Protest Movement in 1932 along with Bernard Acworth and Lewis Merson Davies, jointly known as the Acworth Circle. He leaned towards the idea of old earth creationism but questioned radiometric dating. His book, The Transformist Illusion published posthumously in 1957 attempted to show the failure of evolution using examples such as the infinitesimal probability of proteins arising out of random mixing, the fossil record, bird anatomy, blood group incompatibilities, and queried evolutionary claims in embryology and vestigial organs. Reviewers pointed out the problems in his objections.--Wikipedia.

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