Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan

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The Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan is the magnum opus of Indian ornithologist Salim Ali, written along with S. Dillon Ripley. Appended to the title is the phrase "together with those of Bangladesh, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan and Sri Lanka". The 10 volume work, often referred to as "the handbook", was started in 1964 and ended in 1974. A single volume "compact edition" of the "Handbook" was also produced and a supplementary illustrative work A Pictorial Guide to the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent with illustrations by John Henry Dick, coauthored with Dillon Ripley, was published in 1983. The plates from this supplement were incorporated in the second edition of the "Handbook".[1] The second edition was completed by others, notably J. S. Serrao of the BNHS, Bruce Beehler, Michel Desfayes and Pamela Rasmussen, after the deaths of Ali in 1987 and Ripley in 2001.[1]

Volumes
with publication dates
  • 1 – Divers to Hawks (1e 1968, 2e 1978)
  • 2 – Megapodes to Crab Plover (1e 1969, 2e 1980)
  • 3 – Stone Curlews to Owls (1e 1969, 2e 1981)
  • 4 – Frogmouths to Pittas (1e 1970, 2e 1983)
  • 5 – Larks to the Grey Hypocolius (1e 1972, 2e 1986)
  • 6 – Cuckoo-Shrikes to Babaxes (1e 1971, 2e 1996)
  • 7 – Laughing Thrushes to the Mangrove Whistler (1e 1972, 2e 1996)
  • 8 – Warblers to Redstarts (1e 1973, 2e 1997)
  • 9 – Robins to Wagtails (1e 1973, 2e 1999)
  • 10 – Flowerpeckers to Buntings (1e 1974, 2e 1998)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ali, S & SD Ripley (1999). Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan. Edition 2 10. Oxford University Press.