Excerpt from Catalogue of the Collection of Birds's Eggs in the British Museum, Vol. 5: Natural History In one or two instances only does the menclature used in the present volume differ from that followed in the fifth volume of the 'Hand-list of the Genera and Species of Birds.' The delay in the publication of the latter work greatly retarded the present volume of the Catalogue of Birds' Eggs which was commenced in 1906, the year in which the late Dr. Sharpe hoped to complete his Hand-list. Thus it happened that in the first sheets of the present work ( B-K ) which were printed concurrently with the Hand-list, the date of that work is wrongly referred to as 1906; likewise in sheets L-N and P it is again wrongly quoted as 1908. Dr. Sharpo, at that time in failing health, was unable to complete the work as quickly as he had anticipated and it was t until 1909, shortly before his death, that the fifth volume of the Hand-list was actually published. Since that time the extra amount of official duties which have fallen to my share has rendered the completion of the present volume a slow and somewhat difficult matter. During the progress of this volume through the press several important collections of eggs have been added to the Museum series, the principal of these being the large and very valuable Palaearetic collection presented by Mr. W. Radcliffe Saunders and the South American collection presented by Mr. Ernest Gibson, while many smaller but valuable series from the Andaman Islands, various parts of Africa, Australia, etc., have been acquired by purchase or exchange. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.