Ibis (British Ornithologists' Union) - 2006, 148 Nº3

Ibis (British Ornithologists' Union)
2006, 148 Nº3

Del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A. & Christie, D. (eds) Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 10. Cuckoo-shrikes to Thrushes.
896 pages, 81 colour plates, 427 colour photographs, 737 maps.
Barcelona: Lynx Editions, 2005.Hardback, £138.00, ISBN 84-87334-72-5.

This is another superb volume of HBW, and dedicated followers of the series will certainly wish to purchase a copy, and many who have not yet decided to spend the money may be persuaded to do so. The main introductory section includes a very well-written summary on the ecology and impact of introduced birds by globally recognized experts in the field. In the core of Volume 10, species from 14 families are illustrated in 81 plates. The introductory texts describing each family are as well written, illustrated and referenced as usual. The Editors have wisely decided to expand the length of this section beyond the norm for the Turdidae, which are one of the best-known avianfamilies and comprise 336 species. By contrast, each of two other families described has but a single representative: Hypocolius Hypocolins ampelinus (Hypocoliidae) and Palmchat Dulus dominions (Dulidae).

It would be useful if the treatment of Near-threatened species were standardized in future volumes. For example, whilst both Grey-bellied Bulbul Pycnonotus cyaniventris and Brown Accentor Prunella fulvescens are Near-threatened, only the former is listed as such in the species texts. Also, when a species' range description indicates its possible occurrence in a certain area, e.g. Greater Shortwing it may be useful to add a question mark to this region on the map. These are minor quibbles, however, and the HBW team are to be congratulated on producing another fine volume.

Karl Evans