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What Bird is That? A Pocket Museum of the Land Birds of the Eastern United States Arranged According to Season   By:

What Bird is That? A Pocket Museum of the Land Birds of the Eastern United States Arranged According to Season by Frank M. Chapman

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Transcriber's Note: An accented n is noted by ['n]. A u with a breve is noted by [)u].

WHAT BIRD IS THAT?

By FRANK M. CHAPMAN

AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A BIRD LOVER

HANDBOOK OF BIRDS OF EASTERN NORTH AMERICA

MY TROPICAL AIR CASTLE

BIRD LIFE

CAMPS AND CRUISES OF AN ORNITHOLOGIST

COLOR KEY TO NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS

THE TRAVELS OF BIRDS

OUR WINTER BIRDS

WHAT BIRD IS THAT?

BIRD STUDIES WITH A CAMERA

LIFE IN AN AIR CASTLE

[Illustration: 'MAP' OF A BIRD (Bluebird not quite life size).]

The student should learn to name the parts of a bird's plumage in order that he may write, as well as understand, descriptions of a bird's color and markings.

WHAT BIRD IS THAT?

A POCKET MUSEUM OF THE LAND BIRDS OF THE EASTERN UNITED STATES ARRANGED ACCORDING TO SEASON

BY

FRANK M. CHAPMAN

CURATOR OF BIRDS IN THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY AND EDITOR OF "BIRD LORE"

[Illustration]

WITH 301 BIRDS IN COLOR

BY

EDMUND J. SAWYER

D. APPLETON CENTURY COMPANY INCORPORATED NEW YORK LONDON

COPYRIGHT, 1920, BY D. APPLETON & COMPANY

All rights reserved. This book, or parts thereof, must not be reproduced in any form without permission of the publishers.

PRINTED IN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

INTRODUCTION

AS Curator of the Department of Birds of the American Museum of Natural History I have had exceptional facilities for the arrangement of collections designed to give students a comprehensive view of local bird life without confusing them with unnecessary details.

Among other aids to this end a collection of 'Birds Found within 50 Miles of New York' has been placed in a special hall and so grouped that the visitor who wishes to identify some bird seen within these limits may do so with the least possible difficulty. In addition to the 'General Systematic Collection,' containing specimens of the 350 odd species of birds which have been recorded from the New York City region, there is also a 'Seasonal Collection.' This Seasonal Collection contains only the birds of the month. Its base is the 'Permanent Resident Birds,' or those which, like the Crow, are with us throughout the year. To these, the migratory species are added or subtracted, as they come or go. The collection of migratory species is therefore revised the first of each month. Birds which are due to arrive during the month are added, those which have left us are withdrawn. The Seasonal Collection thus gives us, at a glance, a picture of the bird life of the month and correspondingly limits the field of our inquiry when we go to it to learn the name of some strange bird recently observed. In January, therefore, we have not to consider the birds of June, nor need we be concerned with winter birds in summer. The season of occurrence thus gives us an important clue to a bird's identity.

For somewhat more than a quarter of a century this small collection has achieved its object so effectively that I have attempted to embody the idea it demonstrates in a series of drawings which have been admirably executed by Mr. Edmund Sawyer. As foundation plates or 'collections,' we have first two 'cases' of the winter land birds of the Northeastern States, or from about Maryland northward, containing the Permanent Residents, which form part of the bird life of every month of the year, and the Winter Visitants, or those birds which come from the North in the fall to remain with us until the following spring.

Cases 3 and 4 contain the Permanent Resident and Winter Visitant land birds of the Southern States. Whether the student is in the North or in the South he has, therefore, a 'collection' of the land birds which he may expect to find during the winter months... Continue reading book >>




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