Bir ds of Prey of the World. By Mary Louise Grossman and John Hamlet. Photographs by Shelly Grossman. Cassell, London, 1965. 496 pages; 70 colour and 283 monochrome photographs; numerous line drawings including 644 flight silhouettes and 422 range maps; colour chart showing 82 shades of colour mentioned. £6 6s. Nearly 38 years ago, in a critical notice of the present reviewer's How Birds Live {Brit. Birds, 21: 71-72), the formidable F. C. R. Jourdain ·deployed his immense personal knowledge to reassess in the light of their worldwide behaviour and status some generalisations about birds of prey derived from work in Britain and north-west Europe. The resulting controversy in British Birds (21: 100-103, 130-132) was fruitful in demonstrating the need for a thorough and comprehensive survey of the world's birds of prey, including their ecology, populations, food habits and territorial arrangements, and here, after nearly forty years, it is. No one who knew Jourdain could have any illusions as to the sharply critical attitude with which he would tackle the task of reviewing this work in turn if he were here to do it, but it would be churlish for his sparring partner in that exhilarating round not to begin by warmly thanking the authors of this magnificent book for having had the boldness and imagination to undertake it, the industry and skill to complete it, and the breadth of understanding and sympathy to do so much justice both to the birds of prey themselves and to those men who
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