How to Study Birds Birds of the Sea The Swallow


    THE circle of non-specialists who are becoming interested in birds and their behaviour is increasing at a fairly rapid pace. These three books will, therefore, find a ready-made market, and each of them is worth purchasing on merit. Dr. Smith's book, despite some minor defects, is undoubtedly the best book yet written to guide the layman in pursuit of a new hobby. Besides anticipating the kind of questions which the beginner would be likely to ask, Smith also provides those kinds of practical hints, drawn from his own experience, which would be invaluable to a beginner. Lockley's book is as good as anything which has been published in this admirable series, while “The Swallow” is a simple account which could easily be followed by the most elementary student. The photographs and illustrations in all three books are generally excellent.

    How to Study Birds

    By Dr. Stuart Smith. Pp. 192 + 12 plates. (London: Wm. Collins, Sons and Co., Ltd., 1945.) 8s. 6d. net.

    Birds of the Sea

    By R. M. Lockley. (King Penguin Books.) Pp. 32 + 24 plates. (Harmondsworth and New York: Penguin Books, Ltd., 1945.) 2s. net.

    The Swallow

    By Eric Hosking Cyril Newberry. Pp. 60 + 28 plates. (London: Wm. Collins, Sons and Co., Ltd., 1946.) 7s. 6d. net.

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    How to Study Birds Birds of the Sea The Swallow. Nature 157, 497 (1946).

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