From the introduction:
"Parts 1, 2, and 3 of the series of catalogues appeared in the Records Indian Museum, Volumes 43, 45, and 52 covering the families Columbidae, Pteroclididae, and Capitonidae respectively. The first two were contributed by Roonwal (1941 and 1947) and the last one by Mukherjee (1954). Since the Zoological Survey of India and the Indian Museum are two separate and independent institutions and the Indian Museum is also publishing its catalogues from time to time on Museum assets on various branches of Arts, Archaeology, Anthropology, etc. it has been thought desirable that catalogues of the National Zoological Collections in the custody of the Zoological Survey of India should be published under a revised and more accurate title.
In part 3 of the Catalogue, Mukherjee (1954) gave an idea of the tremendous loss suffered by the bird collection of the Zoological Survey of India in 1943 due to the Varuna river floods at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Regular ornithological surveys have been conducted udring the last two decades in various regions of India and adjacent countries in order to augment the bird collections in the department.
The present collection of the kingfishers (Alcedinidae) on which this part of the catalogue is based, consists of specimens representing 38 species and subspecies from the Indian subcontinent and such foreign territories like Europe, Afghanistan, Burma, China, Australia, Philippines, the United States of America, and Africa."
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