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TABLE OF CONTENTS.


TO THE READER xiii
INTRODUCTORY CHAPTERS:
The Spring Song 3
The Building of the Nest 11
The Water-birds 21
Birds of Autumn and Winter 25
HOW TO NAME THE BIRDS 35
SYNOPSIS OF FAMILIES 43
BIRD BIOGRAPHIES:
Perching Song-birds 57
Perching Songless birds 182
Birds of Prey 206
Pigeons, Quails, Grouse 225
Shore and Marsh Birds 231
Swimming Birds 255
KEY TO THE BIRDS 281
INDEX OF ENGLISH NAMES 309
INDEX OF LATIN NAMES 315

LIST OF PLATES.Edit


Much of the technical excellence of these plates in due to the fine specimens of birds furnished the artist through the courtesy of the American Museum of Natural History, New York City. In this connection both illustrator and author wish to thank Dr. J. A. Allen and Mr. Frank M. Chapman of the department of ornithology in that institution.

The numerals on the plates indicate the approximate length of each bird, small fractions being avoided. The point of measurement being from the tip of beak over the back to the end of the tail, it must be remembered that this length is often variable according to the development or the tail.

The Veery Frontispiece
Plate Facing page
1 Meadowlark 3
2 Ruby-throated Hummingbird 11
3 Wood Duck 21
4 Snowy Owl 25
5 Map of the Bird 35
6 American Robin (1); Wood Thrush (2) 57
7 Olive-backed Thrush 61
8 Hermit Thrush (1); Golden-crowned Kinglet (2) 62
9 Bluebird 66
10 Yellow Warbler (1); Chickadee (2) 72
11 White-breasted Nuthatch (1); Brown Creeper (2) 74
12 Mockingbird 76
13 Catbird 78
14 Brown Thrasher 80
15 House Wren (1); Long-billed Marsh Wren (2) 83
16 Black and White Warbler (1); Myrtle Warbler (2) 88
17 Ovenbird (1); Red-eyed Vireo (2) 106
18 Maryland Yellow-throat 110
19 Yellow-breasted Chat (1); Bank Swallow (2) 112
20 American Redstart 115
21 Northern Shrike 122
22 Cedar Waxwing 124
23 Purple Martin 126
24 Tree Swallow (1); Barn Swallow (2) 128
25 Scarlet Tanager 131
26 Pine Grosbeak (1); White-throated Sparrow (2) 131
27 American Crossbill 137
28 Snowflake (1); American Goldfinch (2) 140
29 Vesper Sparrow (1); Slate-coloured Junco (2) 145
30 Song Sparrow (1); Chipping Sparrow (2) 153
31 Towhee 158
32 Cardinal 161
33 Rose-breasted Grosbeak 162
34 Indigo Bunting 164
35 Bobolink 166
36 Red-winged Blackbird 169
37 Orchard Oriole 171
38 Baltimore Oriole 174
39 Cowbird (1); Purple Grackle (2) 175
40 Blue Jay 182
41 Kingbird 182
42 Phœbe (1); Wood Pewee (2) 185
43 Whip-poor-will 188
44 Nighthawk 191
45 Chimney Swift 193
46 Downy Woodpecker 195
47 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 196
48 Red-headed Woodpecker 199
49 Flicker 200
50 Yellow-billed Cuckoo 202
51 Belted Kingfisher 204
52 American Long-eared Owl 207
53 Screech Owl 211
54 Great Horned Owl 212
55 Marsh Hawk 215
56 Sharp-shinned Hawk 216
57 Red-shouldered Hawk 219
58 Bald Eagle 220
59 American Sparrow Hawk 221
60 American Osprey 224
61 Passenger Pigeon 226
62 Mourning Dove 228
63 Ruffled Grouse 230
64 Turnstone (1); American Golden Plover (2) 232
65 Bob-white (1); American Woodcock (2) 236
66 Spotted Sandpiper (1); Least Sandpiper (2) 241
67 Wilson′s Snipe (1); Virginia Rail (2) 246
68 American Bittern 250
69 Great Blue Heron 252
70 Black-crowned Night Heron 254
71 Mallard 256
72 Green-winged Teal 258
73 Blue-winged Teal 260
74 Redhead 262
75 Old Squaw 265
76 Canada Goose 266
77 Herring Gull (1); Common Tern (2) 270
78 Loon 276
79 Pintail (1); Pied-billed Grebe (2) 278

LicenseEdit

 

This work was published before January 1, 1924, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.