Handbook of the Birds of Cyprus and Migrants of the Middle East. By David A. Bannerman and W. Mary Bannerman. Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh, 1971. 237 pages; 27 colour plates; one fold-out map. £3.00. A Check-list of the Birds of Cyprus. By P. F. Stewart and S. J. Christensen. Mimeographed, bound in soft covers, 1971. Obtainable from P. F. Stewart, 20 A.M.Q., R.A.F. Mount Batten, Plymouth, Devon. 92 pages. 75P. After many years of quiescence, ornithological activities in Cyprus have recently become both hectic and complicated. This started with investigations and the collection of much back data by Dr and Mrs Bannerman for their Birds of Cyprus (1958). They were able to include some of the earlier observations made by the members of the Cyprus Ornithological Society, which was founded in 1957. Unfortunately, owing to poor liaison, errors and obscurities were not entirely eliminated then, but some were subsequently cleared up in the society's publications, notably its fifteenth Bulletin in 1964 which included a review of past work, an annotated check-list, a bibliography, a summary of ringing results, and the local conservation legislation. Stewart and Christensen have now produced a much handier, revised working check-list, and the Bannermans an updated summary of the accounts of species in their original work (the rest of the Middle East comes into it only in so far as many of the forms found in Cyprus occur there as well). The Stewart-Christensen list is probably the 'best buy' for those who know the birds but
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Issue 5
Authors: 
Scott, R. E
Collis, G. M
Scott, R. E
Collis, G. M
Scott, R. E
Collis, G. M

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