This excellent publication, printed on high-quality paper, part of the Fieldiana series of zoological contributions, should be required reading for those with a strong interest in the Malagasy avifauna. Following a number of introductory sections outlining the authors' study sites, their geology, climate, human impacts, habitat types, and the fieldwork methods and terminology employed, the main body of the report is reached. Accounts for 189 bird species known to occur in the area are presented. Data, much of which amplifies our current knowledge, on natural history, breeding biology, weights, soft-part colorations, diet and vocalisations, among other subjects, are included. The analysis and discussion section examines the following subjects 'General Overview of the Regional Avifauna', 'Relative Densities of Birds Based on Mist-netting', Elevational Distribution of Birds'. Utilization of Sisal Plantations by Birds', 'Faunistics and Biogeography' and 'Conservation Problems in Southeastern Madagascar'. For those birding visitors to Madagascar whose interest goes beyond mere identification, this publication, despite the relatively high price, should be an essential purchase.
The Birds of Southeastern Madagascar
Steven M. Goodman, Mark Pidgeon, A. F. A. Hawkins and Thomas S. Schulenberg. 1997. 132 pp, 19 black-and-white photographs. Fieldiana (Zoology) 87, Publication 1487. Available from Field Museum of Natural History, Library—Publications Division, Roosevelt Road at Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60605-2498, USA. US$40.