THE ninth International Ornithological Congress was held in Rouen during the second week in May under the presidency of Prof. A. Ghigi, rector of the University of Bologna, with M. Jean Delacour as secretary. Among the papers contributed which attracted most interest was that on his recent discovery of the Congo peacock (Afropavo) by Dr. J. Chapin, followed by a report on the anatomy of the bird by Mr. Percy R. Lowe. A large number of films of high merit were displayed by ornithologists of various nationalities, which showed how greatly Nature photography has advanced during recent years. Particular mention must be made of Prof. A. Allen's sound film, partly in colour, of rare and disappearing American birds and of Captain C. W. R. Knight's excerpts of the film he made when leading the National Geographic Society's 1937–38 expedition to South Africa, in which he showed three birds never filmed before–the hammerhead stork, crowned hawk eagle and secretary bird. It was agreed that the tenth International Congress should be held in America in 1942, and Dr. A. Wetmore of Washington was elected president.