The Ornithologist and Oologist Volume 11

The Ornithologist and Oologist Volume 11

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...and there is a fullness of description, and of interesting details, which was entirely wanting in the first issue. First Mr. Davie gives the color of the eggs, then their number and size, and a description of the nest, or of the place where they are found. The habitat of the bird, together with many other valuable details, follows. Wherever possible Mr. Davfe has described the eggs either from specimens in his own extensive cabinet, or from those in the collections of his friends and correspondents. Very few of the descriptions are taken from the works of previous writers, and the whole book is fresh and original, and cannot fail to prove of the greatest value and use. It is moreover written in a plain and unassuming style which is truly refreshing after the quantity of so-called "scientific" stuff with which we have been lately deluded. True science has to use latin names because they are recognized all over the world, and tend to prevent the confusion which would certainly arise were vernacular names alone depended on, but this unnecessary reiteration serves no good purpose, and drives off many would-be students. Mr. Davie describes many rare species of eggs for the first time, and he has brought together a mass of information concerning them which is in the highest degree entertaining and valuable. The number of eggs laid by each species is a point about which there have been more mistakes made by oologists than anything else, and while Mr. Davie has done much to correct the errors of previous writers in this respect, he has occasionally fallen into some himself by fearing to disregard old time authorites in this particular. Dr. Jasper's Illustrations could well be spared, but they will no doubt serve to make the book...
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  • Paperback | 164 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 304g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236950356
  • 9781236950352