Vara Faglar i Norden (Our Birds in the North). Second edition edited by Kai Curry-Lindahl (Swedish text). Bokforl2get Natur och Cultur, Stockholm, 1963. Volume IV, 701 p a g e s ; coloured and black-and-white plates a n d m a p s . Four v o l u m e s : Sw. Kr. 430. This important history of the Swedish avifauna is now brought to a successful conclusion. Much of this fourth volume is taken up in completing the review of resident birds and regular visitors. These essays are followed by shorter notes on species and races which cannot be classed under either heading and a final section deals with birds not yet recorded from Sweden but known to occur elsewhere in FennoScandia. Several of the species in the main section have only recently established themselves in Sweden, and a gratifying proportion of the remainder have become more numerous and more widely distributed within the last two or three decades. It is surprising to find that while the White Stork Ciconia ciconia, Black Stork C. nigra, Roller Coracias garrulus and Hoopoe Upupa epops have all disappeared, the Golden Oriole Oriohis oriolus has gained what appears to be a secure footing in the extreme south. Once no more than a waif, the Red-breasted Flycatcher Muscicapa parva is now a regular, if scarce, summer visitor to Oland, Gotland and Smaland (where the first nest was seen in 1944) and a stray has even wandered into Lapland. One of the more
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