By Salim Ali and S. Dillon Ripley

This huge ten-volume sequence, the 1st quantity of which used to be released in 1996, is the main entire and trustworthy reference paintings at the birds of the Indian subcontinent. A completely revised moment version with new plates, textual content revisions, and the addition of recent subspecies, it comprises information regarding long-range migration and taxonomic alterations, in addition to lifestyles heritage info, debts of habit, ecology, and distribution and migration records.
somebody with an curiosity in natural world at the Indian subcontinent, will locate those volumes to be a unprecedented source.

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Picks up scraps floating on the water from the air or alights alongside to deal with them, riding buoyantly like a duck and taking off again effortlessly. FOOD. Chiefly dead fish and offal. An important predator of terns' eggs and chicks in nesting colonies; also pirating on the birds in the manner of a skua. VOICE and CALLS. O n breeding ground utters ' a peculiar mournful cry which is kept u p throughout the breeding season ' (E. A. Butler, 1877, SF 5 : 296). For other calls see Fogden, op. cit.

Sci. 12: 225 (West coast of Indian peninsula) Baker, FBI No. 2062, Vol. 6: 103 Plate 32, fig. 4, facing p. 16 LOCAL NAMES. For all gulls: Dhomra (Hindi) ; Ka'de'lpitta (Malayalam) ; Ka'ddl kikkii (Tamil) ; Muhudu kaputi (Sinhala). SIZE. Jungle Crow & ; length c. 46 cm. ). A medium-sized gull, grey above white below with a dark coffee-brown head (the ' hood ') in summer. Distinguished from the similar looking Blackheaded Gull (455), with which often seen together, FIELD CHARACTERS. by somewhat bigger size and presence of a large white patch, or ' mirror ', near the tips of the black primaries.

One of the darkest forms of the Herring Gull. For description of plumage see Baker, loc. cit. ; for details of plumage phases, bionomics, characters, etc. of the paler-mantled and pinkish-legged but otherwise very similar nominate race, IVitherby, 1941, 5: 85-95. For an exhaustive review of the forms of the larger gulls, including Larus argerotatus and L. , 1934, Jour. f. Orn. 82 (3): 340-80. ME:\SUREMENTS Bill Wing Tarsus Tail (from feathers) 8 Q 415-450 49-63 62-77 158-180 mm. CoLorJRs OF R A R E PARTS.

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