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An Australian Bird Book A Pocket Book for Field Use   By:

An Australian Bird Book A Pocket Book for Field Use by John Albert Leach

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Transcriber's Note.

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A missing line on Page 25 ( in italics )

(Their wings are paddles, being flattened and devoid of quills. The wings are not folded, but are carried hanging awkwardly at the side.)

was restored from a different Edition on Google Books (http://

Sundry damaged or missing punctuation has been repaired, and a few index entries have been amended.

The use of hyphens was not necessarily consistent throughout this book. In some instances there are subtle differences in meaning.

Some Australian/British spellings (e.g. coloured, defence, draught, grey, learnt, lustre, etc.) have been retained, though color/colored and gray are more prevalent. The Author has used various resources.

From Wikipedia:

"DR JOHN ALBERT LEACH (19 March 1870 3 October 1929) was an ornithologist, teacher and headmaster in the state of Victoria, Australia.

Leach was born in Ballarat, Victoria and educated at Creswick Grammar School (where he was dux), Melbourne Training College (1890) and the University of Melbourne, where he graduated B.Sc. in 1904, M.Sc. in 1906 and in 1912 obtained his doctorate for research in ornithology.

Leach was a regular writer and broadcaster on natural history subjects and introduced it into the school curriculum. He was President of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union (RAOU) 1922 1924 and Editor of its journal The Emu 1914 1924 and 1928 1929. He was a member of the British Ornithologists Union and a corresponding fellow of the American Ornithologists Union. Leach was also member of the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria. He was instrumental in founding the Gould League of Bird Lovers in 1909 with Jessie McMichael. He is best known as the author of An Australian Bird Book, the first edition of which was published in 1911, and of Australian Nature Studies in 1922. He also part authored a series of Federal Geography books, and worked on the Official Checklist of the Birds of Australia second and revised edition, published by the RAOU in September 1926.

Leach had been preparing two books before his death, one of these was a collection of weekly radio broadcasts he made on 3LO in the mid 1920s....

Among his contributions to ornithology was the relationship between the Australian Magpie, butcherbirds and currawongs in the family Cracticidae, now sunk as a subfamily into Artamidae."

This book is a field guide. The pages were divided vertically, with the tabular matter on the top half, and the Lecture on the bottom half of the page.

The ebook has been re arranged so that the separate parts have a smoother flow. The top parts of the pages have been left intact, but the bottom parts have been collected together and moved, so that the Lecture text for each ORDER precedes the tabular listing and descriptions for that ORDER.

The only exception is for ORDER XXI.

ORDER XXI. Perching Birds contains 11,500 species, more than three fifths of the world's 19,000 birds. It has been arranged into sets of suitable groups of FAMILIES, to make it easier to access.

==== has been used to separate the Lecture from the Tabular matter.


"In response to requests from beginners, a table has been added on page 190. This table shows the page on which a bird of a certain size may be found."

As the page numbers are an integral part of the field guide, and necessary for the identification of birds seen in the field, in flight, or found dead, they have been inserted into the tabular section, as [Page xx].

Sometimes a page has contained the end entries of one ORDER, or one Family, and the beginning entries of the next. In these few instances (e.g. [Page 18a] and [Page 18b]; [Page 188a] and [Page 188b]), it may be necessary for the reader to search both sections of the page... Continue reading book >>

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