Cheltenham and District Naturalists' Society. Report for 1951-1952. Obtainable from L. W. Hayward, 40 High Street, Prestbury, Cheltenham. 2s. 6d. WHILE we welcome this first printed bird report from Cheltenham for 1951 and 1952 we must look forward to far-reaching improvements in subsequent years. The Ornithological Notes for both years combined cover only 4 pages (against 14 for Botany and 5 for Entomology), and this is obviously inadequate for such an area--incidentally its boundaries and extent are not indicated. There is brief mention of only 47 species, the scientific names of eleven of these being misprinted, while in certain cases subspecific names are unnecessarily inserted, the Stonechat being listed for no apparent reason as theresae. B.O.U. CheckList order is followed, and the aim has been " a record of the less common species observed in our area" but the material appears too scanty to permit drawing conclusions. A Rose-coloured Starling recorded for the unusual date of March 30th seems to have been correctly identified, but the reader is left guessing how and why an immature gull "was identified by the distinct ear spots seen at close quarters" as a Little Gull. E.M.N. Parrots and Parrot-like Birds. By the Duke of Bedford. (All Pets Books Inc., Wisconsin, U.S.A., 1954). pp-210, illus., including colour plate. Distributed in Britain by Bailey Bros. & Swinfen Ltd., London. 48s. THE author of this book was not only a skilled aviculturist who made a lifelong study of psittacine birds but a sincere and humane man with
Volume: 
Issue 10
Authors: 
Hollom, P. A. D
G, D
Schaefer, J
Hollom, P. A. D
G, D
F, J
Schaefer, J

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