Birds on the Wing Birds of Malaysia The Birds of Brewery Creek

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BIRD books come and continue to come, being for the most part very excellent, and the three here considered are well up to standard. In "Birds on the Wing", we are shown a number of fine snapshots accompanied by excellent notes from the camera and notebook of one of our younger naturalists. "Birds of Malaysia"is of different type, for in it Captain Delacour gives us a handbook to the birds of the interesting islands of Java, Sumatra and Borneo, the Malaya Peninsula, etc., with their wealth of bird life. Here are found such ornithological gems as the giant argus and Bulwer‘s wattled pheasants, the great hornbills, many sunbirds and so on. This volume with its excellent line drawings is a most helpful guide to them all. The third book, "The Birds of Brewery Creek", is of yet another type, though as good in its different way. In it Mr. Macdonald, High Commissioner for the United Kingdom to Canada, tells of his observations on birds in Brewery Creek, near Ottawa, and a very joyous record it is. The illustrations are from photographs and some of them are in colour, an especially excellent one being that of a snowy owl.

Birds on the Wing

By John Barlee. Pp. 128. (London and Glasgow: Wm. Collins, Sons and Co., Ltd., 1947.) 12s. 6d. net.

Birds of Malaysia

By Jean Delacour. (Pacific World Series.) Pp. xvi + 382. (New York: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan and Co., Ltd., 1947.) 25s. net.

The Birds of Brewery Creek

By the Rt. Hon. Malcolm MacDonald. Pp. x + 334 + 23 plates. (London, Toronto and New York: Oxford University Press, 1947.) 21s. net.

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PITT, F. Birds on the Wing Birds of Malaysia The Birds of Brewery Creek. Nature 162, 49 (1948) doi:10.1038/162049c0

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