Mountain Birds. By R. A. H. Coombes. Plates by G. E. Lodge. (Penguin Books, King Penguin series, London, 1952). 4s. 6d. Mountain Birds is written and illustrated with grasp and originality, but is only permitted by the King Penguin format to deal with sixteen species, each of which receives a page or two of text and a coloured plate in Mr. G. E. Lodge's vigorous and pleasing style. The production is excellent except t h a t the tendency towards excess purple so prominent in many current colour reproductions spoils the effect of the Raven, Carrion Crow and Ring Ousel. Mr. Coombes knows his mountain birds Weil and his notes on their distribution are evidently based upon up-to-date information, but the spread of the Buzzard eastward in both Scotland and England is only vaguely mentioned. His use of the name " Moor Pipit " in place of Meadow Pipit is courageous, but it is questionable whether the new name more successfully describes its habitat over the greater part of the year, and whether such objections as may be raised against " Meadow Pipit " are sufficiently cogent to call for any change. E.M.N. Vlth Bulletin of the International Committee for Bird Preservation. (Published by the I.C.B.P.,) 12s. 6d. International Committee for Bird Preservation ; British Section : Annual Report for 1951. (Published 1952). is. od. International Wildfowl Research Institute ; Wildfowl Counts : 1947-52. (Published 1952). 2s. od. (All above obtainable c/o British Museum (Nat. Hist.), Cromwell Road, London, S.W.7.).
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