Devil Birds: the life of the Swift. By Derek Bromhall. (Hutchinson, London, 1980. 96 pages; 33 colour plates; many black-and-white plates. Hardback, £8.95; paperback, £5.95.)

Readable account of the natural history of the Swift by someone who spent much of the summers of 1976 and 1977 filming at the colony in the tower of the University Museum at Oxford which was made famous by David Lack's Swifts in a Tower, illustrated by relevant (and often magnificent) photographs.

Survival in the Wild: the adventures of a film maker in Africa. By Cindy Buxton. (Collins, London, 1980. 102 pages; 18 colour plates. £5.95.) Highly readable; sections on Shoebill Balaeniceps rex especially interesting.

Bird Atlas of Natal. By Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson. (University of Natal Press, Pietermaritzburg, 1980. 320 pages; 530 black-andwhite line-drawings; 530 distribution maps. £15.00.) Bird-distribution in the South African province of Natal based on fieldwork during 1970-79, with splendidly clear maps showing presence in each of the 12 months of the year for each of the 166 quarter-degree grid 'squares' (for which standard maps are available). A total of 530 species is mapped. Each also has a line-drawing by Tony Clarkson, usually four or five lines of text on world distribution (breeding and wintering) and then two or three lines on habitat within Natal. Nicely produced; a model which, hopefully, birdwatchers in other areas within the African continent will emulate.

Basil Ede's Birds. Text by Robert Dougall. (Severn House, London, 1980. 128 pages; 70 colour illustrations. £9.95.

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