Author: S Theodore BaskaranPublisher: Oxford University PressYear: 2002Language: EnglishPages: 240ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195662563
Did you know that- Flamingoes consume one-tenth of their body weight in food everyday?- the scientific name of the lesser flamingo - Phoenicanais minor - literally means 'crimson water nymph' ?- Brahminy kites are always the first to disappear from a chemically polluted are?- Indian taak saved England during the war with Napoleon?Biscayan's ability to tell a good story transforms the 53 essays in this book into a narrative rich with fascinating information. His prose captures the sights and sounds of the Indian wilderness, and his cameos introduce us to such varied species as the fiercely monogamous sarus and the purple rumped-sunbird, the lion-tailed macaque and the immaculate white tiger.The Dance of the Sarus is the outcome of Baskaran's journeys and posting to different parts of the country and his unending forays into areas rich in natural history It is a must for the specialist and amateur naturalists, conservationists, and anyone keenly interested in and concerned about India's abundantly rich but ebbing natural heritage.EXCERPTS FROM REVIEWS:Few other recent writers have recaptured as well as Bask ran does the experience viewing nature in the grasslands. This is a lucidly written reminder of the little things that gives this country its life and color and wake up call to save a vanishing natural heritage.- Mahesh Rangarajan, India Today.
IntroductionTHE BIRDSThe Dance of the SarusA Haven for BustardsOne Morning in RanganathittuAn Evening at Lake NakuruSporting Seasonal PlumageThe SurvivorsMauritius: Birds in TroubleThe Flamingoes of PorbandarPrivate Life of a Puruple-rumped SunbirdYou Came a Long Way, BabyThe Haflong PhenomenonDriven to ExtinctionThe DipperMimic in the WoodsA Creature of the Rain ForestBirds of Adyar EstuaryAn Unusual CongregationThe Pope of OrnithologySaving the PelicanThe Ibis: Devoted Family BirdsA Threatened SanctuaryThe Pleasures of Bird watchingSalem Ali: An InterviewTHE MAMMALSThe Liontailed Macaques of the AnamalaisThe Black buck of BannariBack From the OblivionThe Sangai on the BrinkMan-Elephant EncounterHoolock: The Ace AcrobatThe Leaf Monkeys of TripuraThe White Tigers of IndiaProtecting the WolfThe Slender Loris: A Primate in DarknessTHE HABIBTATSThe Men who Planted TreesThe Rain Forests of Tamil NaduA Silent SummerThe Grass HillsThis Delightful CountryNalsarovar: A Paradigm for WetlandThe Monpas of Himalayas: In Harmony with NatureGrassland as a HabitatWhen the Hills Turn BlueTHE ISSUESHunting in British IndiaTo Shoot or Not to ShootIn a Well of DespairThe Economic Impetus to Conservation: The Kenyan StoryTo Catch a TroutConserving the Tiger: Interview with George SchallerThe Lions of Gir: Interview with Ravi ChellamNoah's Ark: How SafeTHE DOMESTICIndigenous Breeds of Cattle in IndiaIndia's Canine HeritageThe Donkeys of the WorldIndex