The Book of Indian Birds. By Salim Ali. (Bombay Natural History Society/Oxford University Press, India & Oxford, 1973, reprinted 1988. 11th edition. 187 pages. £9.95) This classic little book has served as an introduction to Indian birds for almost half a century, and few books have remained in print so long. The latest edition has been expanded still further, so that it now covers 296 species in 74 colour plates, eight of which are new. The species covered are the 'commoner birds', but the continued inclusion of Pink-headed Duck Rhodonessa caryophyllacea seems overoptimistic. Sadly, this book is now rather outdated and will not be of much use to the serious birder. [NlGEI. REDMAN]
Parrots: a complete guide. By Rosemary Low. (Merehurst, London, 1988. 144 pages. £12.95) Encyclopedia 'designed to provide instant reference for the keeper and breeder', from 'Accident prevention' to 'Zoonoses' (diseases of animals which can be transferred to humans).
Provisional Atlas of the Ticks (Ixodoidea) of the British Isles. By K. P. Martyn. (Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, Huntingdon, 1988. 62 pages. Paperback £4.00) Includes maps snowing the distribution of 22 species, plus a coverage map. Usefully, lists all the host species involved in the records for each species of tick; plenty of opportunity for bird ringers and others to contribute new records.
A Synopsis of the Birds of India and Pakistan together with those of Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. By Sidney Dillon Ripley II. (Bombay Natural History Society/Oxford University Press, India & Oxford, 1982.