November 1977 – vol. 70, issue 11, pp 488–494 Nowadays, scores of books about birds are published annually. Some are excellent, many are good and only a few are bad, but it is not always easy to distinguish those that are genuinely helpful and, in many cases, essential. We have, therefore, taken the opportunity to scan the books on our bookshelves, selecting those that we regard as reliable, useful additions to any ornithological library... This article is only available to registered users.To read more, please log in or purchase a subscription.