Birds in Sanskrit Literature: With 107 Bird Illustrations

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Motilal Banarsidass Publishe, 2005 - Birds - 516 pages
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In his monumental research in ancient sanskrit literature the author has restored gaps in lexicons and removed doubts in the later sanskrit works about the identity of a very large number of birds of the Indian sub-continent. The ancient sages of India were great lovers of nature with keen powers of observation and an extraordinary sensitivity about aninal behaviour. The Vedas Puranas, Epics and Samhitas are full of descriptions of birds, animals and plants but the exact identification of names had got lost or confounded over the centuries.
  

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Contents

Crows and Their Allies
1
B Choughs
9
Nutcrackers
11
E Jays and Rollers
15
Tits
21
Parrotbills and Suthoras
23
Nuthatches
24
Laughing Thrushes Babblers
28
The Barn Owl
173
Other Owls
175
Osprey
185
Vultures Lammergeyer
188
B Hawk Eagles Serpent Eagles and Buzzard Eagles
210
Sea Eagles Fishing Eagles
212
Falcons and Hawks
215
Falcons
221

B Birds of the size of a Sparrow
31
Bulbuls
34
Tree creepers
40
Wrens
42
Dippers
43
The Thrush Family
44
Fly Catchers
53
Shrikes
57
Minivets
58
Swallowshrikes
61
Drongos
62
Warblers
68
Goldcrests
70
The Fairy Bluebird
71
Orioles
72
Grackles or HillMynas
81
Starlings and Mynas
84
Weaverbirds and Munias
88
B Munias
89
Finches and Buntings
92
B Buntings
95
Martins Swallows
98
Wagtails and Pipits
102
B Pipits
107
Larks
108
The White Eye
112
The Rubycheek
113
The SunBirds
114
Flowerpeckers
116
Pittas
117
Broadbills
118
Woodpeckers
119
Barbets
123
Honeyguide
126
Cuckoos
127
B NonParasitic Cuckoos
137
Paroquets or Parrots
141
Rollers
146
The Beeeaters
147
The Kingfishers
155
Hornbills
159
Hoopoes
162
The Trogons
164
Swifts
165
Nightjars
170
Frogmouths
172
Hawks
235
E Kites Harriers and Buzzards
242
Pigeons and Doves
250
B Pigeons
252
Doves
257
SandGrouse
265
PeaFowl Jungle Fowls Pheasants Quails
268
A Peafowl
270
B Jungle Fowls and Pheasants
271
Tragopans Blood Pheasants Partridges
279
Quails and Bustard Quails
284
Magapodes
290
Bustard Quails
291
Rails Crakes Moorhens Watercocks Coot
292
Masked Finfoot
303
Jacanas
304
The Painted Snipe
307
Cranes
309
Bustards
325
StonePlovers
332
Coursers Pratincoles
333
CrabPlovers
336
Skuas
337
Gulls
338
Terns
345
Skimmer or Scissorbill
351
Plovers
357
72 Curlew Godwit Sandpiper etc
364
Pelicans
370
Cormorants Darter
371
Gannet or Booby
376
Tropic Bird
377
Erigatebird
378
Petrels
379
Spoonbill
380
Ibises
381
Storks
389
Herons Egrets and Bitterns
400
Flamingos
408
Swans Geese Ducks and Mergansers
422
Grebes
461
Divers
463
Index
465
SanskritPaliPrakrit Index
483
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