WITH the issue of the third volume of Mr. Bannerman's great work, sponsored by the Secretary of State and by the Colonial Governments in West Africa, the project is half completed. In this volume we find the representatives of such cosmopolitan orders as the owls and the swifts, side by side with those of such purely African groups as the plantain-eaters and the mouse-birds; or we may contrast the rollers and the hoopoes, ranging widely in the Old World, with the trogons, discontinuously distributed in tropical forests from South America to Malaya. The representation is often large: for example, twenty-four species of owls and thirteen of kingfishers within the area, and sub-species as well.
The Birds of Tropical West Africa: with Special Reference to those of the Gambia, Sierra Leone, the Gold Coast and Nigeria.
By D. A. Bannerman. (Published under the authority of the Secretary of State for the Colonies.) Vol. 3. Pp. xxxv + 487 + 12 plates. (London: Crown Agents for the Colonies, 1933.) 22s. 6d.
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The Birds of Tropical West Africa: with Special Reference to those of the Gambia, Sierra Leone, the Gold Coast and Nigeria . Nature 134, 9 (1934). https://doi.org/10.1038/134009a0