British Bird Boohs : An Index to British Ornithologv, A.D. 1481 to J.I). 1948. By Raymond Irwin (London, Grafton & Co., 1951. 63/-). The title of this book gives a very inadequate idea of its contents since it indexes and classifies, not only books, b u t chapters in books, scientific papers and articles in magazines and newspapers. I t thus constitutes a guide to the literature of British ornithology, not merely to books on the subject. It is divided into live parts, the first of which contains general literature classified in 20 sections, which deal respectively with Bibliography and History ; Periodicals; Early Works to A.D. 1800; Handbooks and Reference Works (since 1800) ; Taxonomy, Classification and Nomenclature ; Biology and Evolution ; Anatomy, Physiology and Plumage ; Economic Ornithology ; Ecology ; Breeding Biology, Display, Habits and Behaviour ; Nests, Eggs, Incubation and Fledging; Migration, Ringing and Bird Observatories ; Flight; Territory ; Song ; Photography ; Protection and Nature Reserves ; Bird Watching ; Game Birds and Wild Fowling ; and Falconry. Most of these sections appear to include most of the more important papers on the topics with which they deal, including articles published in America or in Europe, and they will obviously be valuable as guides to students. But we think the section on Periodicals, which is said to be " a select list of periodicals in constant use," is most unsatisfactory and misleading. No less t h a n nine of the sixty journals
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Wood, J. D
Alexander, W. B
Wood, J. D
Alexander, W. B
Wood, J. D
Alexander, W. B

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