Cyprus has always been of great interest to naturalists. Its geographical position makes it of special concern to the ornithologist for, lying almost due north of Suez and the Delta of the Nile, it is in the path of countless migratory birds passing to and from Europe and Asia and their winter quarters in Africa. Indeed, of the 342 species and subspecies discussed by the authors, only a small proportion are permanent residents, though summer visitors swell the breeding population. Of the permanent residents fourteen are of particular interest as being peculiar to Cyprus.
Dr and Mrs Bannerman have visited nearly every accessible part of the island they have personally identifies two thirds of the total bird population.