This is the first of four volumes. It is eagerly welcomed by those who have struggled with Meyer de Schauensee's unillustrated classic (1970). Tudor has provided an abundant treasury of paintings which are excellently printed in color. Ridgely (Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia) begins with habitats, biogeography, migration, conservation, then provides thorough descriptions of some 700 species, their identification, similiar species, habitat and behavior, and range (accompanied by range maps). A splendid beginning. The bad news is that the next volume will not be ready until after summer 1990. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.