PREFACE TO THIRD EDITION.
OWING to the insertion of additional matter, the tabular form of previous editions has been abandoned, and the Notes are now given in paragraphs.
The system of reference, however, is intended to be the same. The Index (p. 151) shows the Order to winch a bird belongs, and the Indices of the Orders (pp. 2-3, 36-37, 98-99) are divided into Families, with references to the pages on which the different species are detailed.
The illustrations were originally drawn from the specimens when shot, or when received from friends. Many of these were afterwards beautifully executed in pen and ink by Mr. W. W. Turner, of Simla.
The numbers, names, and descriptions, as given in Jerdon, have been adhered to as far as possible. The additions have principally been taken from The Game Birds of India, Messrs. Hume and Marshall (H. & M.), and Stray Feathers (S.F.).
The Introduction has been copied from the descriptive exhibits at the Natural History Museum, where I have received every assistance.
The derivations of names have been chiefly taken from A List of British Birds compiled by a Committee of the British Ornithologists' Union.
A. LE MESSURIER.
EALING, August, 1887.
PREFACE TO SECOND EDITION.
IT was intended that an edition for the public should have been illustrated; but now that an expedition is starting for Central Asia, the Notes which were privately circulated in 1874 without the pictures are reprinted.
Some additions have been made, and the divisions into Families will now be found on pages 1, 9, and 22.
A. LE MESSURIER
SIMLA, October, 1878.
PREFACE TO FIRST EDITION.
(For Private Circulation only.)
To SIR WILLIAM MEREWETHER, C.B., K. C. S. I.
COMMISSIONER IN SIND.
DEAR SIR WILLIAM,
The accompanying Notes (commenced in 1861) on the Eastern Narra have been so often referred to by brother officers that, after an interval of thirteen years, I have been induced to complete and print them, not only to satisfy inquiry, but to remove, if possible, the difficulty that exists in tracing Birds to their proper names.
The plan adopted is, it is hoped, both simple and concise. The Index shows the Birds in Classes, and these again are divided into Families on pages 1, 6, and 19, with references to the intermediate sheets on which the different species are detailed.
Errors and omissions must occur, and if at the close of the shooting-season those receiving copies will return them to me, I shall hope to complete my first intention of presenting them with others fully illustrated in exchange for their suggestions, corrections, and illustrations.
These may be " Dry Leaves " from an " Unhappy Valley," but they tell of the advantages that Sind offers to the sportsman in the abundance of its small game.
A. LE MESSURIER.
KURRACHEE, November, 1874.