Scottish Bird News - Nº84, June 2007

Scottish Bird News
Nº84, June 2007

Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 11: Old World Flycatchers to Old World Warblers
Edited by Josep del Hoyo, Andrew Elliott & David Christie, 2006. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. ISBN 978-84-96553-06-4. 798pp. £138.

When this series was first announced I doubted that it would ever be completed, as has happened with many other grand projects, and failed to subscribe. This has proved to be a wrong and costly error which I have now corrected! The editors are to be wholeheartedly congratulated in getting this series well on the way to completion. For the dedicated world lister, this is an essential set to own with quite stunning plates and an authoritative text. It is also bang up to date as I found when I looked up the text for the March 2006 rediscovery of Large-billed Reed Warbler in Thailand and discovered a photograph of the bird with supporting information. Naturally for many little known species the data is pretty scant, but at the very least you have colour pictures of the birds and a map showing where they occur. If you haven't already subscribed think seriously about doing so - there are some good deals on offer from the publisher. Otherwise this wonderful set can be consulted in the SOC's Waterston Library at Aberlady.

David Clugston