The Habitat Groups of North American Birds in the American Museum of Natural History by Frank Chapman
THE HABITAT GROUPS OF NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS IN THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
by Frank Chapman, Curator of Ornithology. (= Guide Leaflet Series, no. 28, New York, February, 1909, pp. l-48).
As indicated in the title, this is an explanatory manual of the beautiful series of habitat groups of North American birds now on exhibition in the American Museum. Each one is figured, and to nearly every one about a page of text is devoted, explaining the figures in the group, and the mode of life of the species treated. A map indicates the localities represented-- "From the Bahamas to the Gulf of St. Lawrence, from the Atlantic to the Pacific" -- and each group, we are told "is the result of a special Museum expedition in charge of the Curator of Ornithology." The subjects are well chosen, and, judging from the illustrations, the work is magnificently carried out. He is indeed a fortunate man who can bring an undertaking such as this to a successful conclusion.