204 THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE LINNEAN SOCIETY Remarks on foregoing List of Australian Birds. The authority refers to the species name only. — The first column indicates the No. of the species in this list, for future reference ; the third, the No. of the species in Gould's Handbook, or references to other works ; the remainder show the distribution of the different species over Australia ; the last to the South portion of New Guinea, and has been compiled from collections made at Yule Island, Katow, Port Moresby, Fly River and China Straits, &c, by D'Albertis, Goldie, the Macleay Expedition, Pettard and Broadbent, and the Revs. Messrs. McFarlane and Lawes. Since the publication of Mr. Gould's Handbook in 1865, the territorial boundaries of the different colonies have altered considerably, so that the range of the different species can be but indefinitely expressed by such, wide terms as "Victoria," " Queensland," " New South Wales," &c. ; large portions of the country formerly known as N. S. W., now belong to Queensland ; and many other changes have taken place. I have therefore given the particular localities in which most of our large collections have been made, purposely to show the spread of certain species. In instances, where the particular species has not to my knowledge been obtained in these localities, a more com-prehensive habitat, as the names of the Colonies in which they are found, has been resorted to. Where any confusion through the choice of names is likely to occur, that previously in use among Australian ornithologists has been given in italics. The small sketch map accompanying this list shows the boun-daries of the Colonies as they now stand, and the position of the other localities mentioned. The number of species enumerated in Mr. Gould's Handbook as inhabiting Australia in 1865 was 672 in all. This number has been increased of late years by the discoveries of new species, and by occasional visitors from other countries, to 744, most of which are enumerated from North-east Australia or Queensland.