BIRDS OF SEYCHELLES By Adrian Skerrett, Ian Bullock & Tony Disley. Christopher Helm,A & C Black, London, 2001. 320 pages; 53 colour plates; maps. ISBN 0-7136-3973-3. Paperback, £25.00. these are described in detail, with colour plates of a very high standard. A feature which will be particularly helpful to visiting birders is that many migrant species which have not yet been recorded, but are thought likely to occur, are also described, and in many cases illustrated. With migrants potentially arriving in Seychelles from three continents, it is important to be aware of all the possibilities, and the text draws the reader's attention specifically to potential confusion species. For example, one should by no means assume that a cuckoo Cuculus, snipe Gallinago or `Squacco-type' heron Ardeola seen in Seychelles is going to be the one familiar to European birders. With this book, it should be possible to identify any bird encountered during a trip to the islands. This book, however, is far more than just a field guide in the narrow sense of an identification manual. There is a huge amount of additional information, with sections dealing with the islands' geological history and climate and the origins of the breeding birds; all the islands except the smallest rocks are described, with elled the length and breadth of the continent, and has captured some beautiful images of species that most of us will never see. So, is this a comprehensive AZ of North American birds, showing every plumage, backed up by identification

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