Series: Records of the Zoological Survey of India Occasional Papers Volume: 59
From the introduction:
"The faunal wealth of the sparsely populated tribal district of Bastar has been very little known until recently, except perhaps for its "big game". The district came into prominence since it was included in the Dandakaranya Project for the rehabilitation of refugees from erstwhile East Pakistan.
So far, no comprehensive account of the avifauna of Bastar district has been published except for a note by Abdulali and Ambedkar (1966). Although Salim Ali wrote an account of the birds of Bastar and Orissa (Ms. 1957, cited by Ripley 1961, p. ix), it was never published. Presumably the data from that manuscript have been incorporated in Ali and Ripley (1968-1974).
This paper is based on a collection of birds from Bastar district made during January-February 1979 by a party of the Zoological Survey of India under my leadership. For wing, tail and bill measurements the standard methods were followed (Ali and Ripley 1968) and are expressed in millimetres. Weight (in g) was taken in the field soon after the birds were killed. The sex was determined from the actual examination of the gonads, whose measurements are also expressed in millimetres. Local names were taken from Ali and Ripley (1968-1974) as well as from local sources in the field.
The collection under report comprises 97 species and subspecies which are distributed in 38 families and 14 orders."
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