Atlas of European Birds. By K. H . Voous. N e l s o n , London, i960. 284 pages; 419 maps and 355 photographs. 70s. One of the post-war developments in ornithology has been the attention given to bird distribution. There has been a growing realisation of the value of maps, not only for a truer appreciation of the geographical ranges of birds, but also for a better understanding of relationships between species, of certain of their requirements and adaptations, of their spreads and, indeed, something of their histories. N o w in this atlas (an English edition of Atlas van de Europese Vogels, published in Holland earlier in i960) we have for the first time a book devoted primarily to maps, a splendid production and the finest presentation of distribution maps that has yet been achieved. There are separate maps for each of the 419 species found breeding regularly in Europe, and these include birds with such restricted distribution west of the Urals as Sociable Plover, Pallas' Sea Eagle, Oriental Cuckoo, Black Lark and Rubythroat. An important feature, involving much research, is that breeding range throughout the world is shown for all the species covered. This is generally indicated by colouring red the land areas concerned, so that distribution in the main is very apparent, but in the cases of small islands or isolated colonies the red dots on the maps are sometimes smaller than a pin-head; nevertheless, one can learn, for example, that Oystercatchers nest on the
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