Jungle Folk: Indian Natural History Sketches


Author: Douglas Dewar

9789384067397 | PB | pp. 216 | 2015 | Aleph Book Company

In this book the author brings several birds and animals into your home through his picturesque descriptions and sketches.

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‘You will find no lack of superlatives among our Indian birds’ writes Douglas Dewar in this superb and idiosyncratic book about some of the most interesting birds to be found in the country. From the common crow, ‘splendid in sagacity, resource, adaptiveness, boldness, cunning and depravity; a Machiavelli; a Shakespeare among birds, a super-bird’ to the scavenger vulture, ‘the ugliest bird in the world’, wagtails ‘who dress most tastefully’, ‘mad babblers’, ‘upright cuckoos’, the night heron which ‘only sleeps when it has nothing better to do’, hawks ‘the bandits of the air’, the drongo, who ‘is the embodiment of pluck’, and dozens of other species, well-known and rare, Jungle Folk will make you see our birds in new and arresting ways. In his closely observed sketches, the legendary naturalist explores in detail every significant element of the bird in question including anatomy, physiology, behaviour, lifestyle and habitat.

Intended for the amateur naturalist as well as the serious ornithologist, this is an eye-opening, intriguing and original account of Indian birds.

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About the Author

The author was a barrister, British civil servant in India, and ornithologist who wrote several books about Indian birds. He wrote widely in newspapers such as The Madras Mail, Pioneer, Times of India and periodicals such as the Civil and Military Gazette and Bird Notes, He was born in 1857 and died in the year 1957.

Dewar loved ornithology and wrote several books on Birds especially in India. His titles include Bombay ducks; an account of some of the * every-day birds and beasts found in a naturalist’s Eldorado (1906), Indian birds; being a key to the common birds of the plains of India (1910), Glimpses of Indian birds (1913).


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