Birds In Pictures

Birds In Pictures

WORLD'S BEST BIRD SONGS

WORLD'S BEST BIRD SONGS

Birds -What's In A Name

$35.00
ISBN
9781925546040

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By Peter Barry
Format Hardback
Page Extent 210
Book Size 200 x 150 x 20
Imprint Reed New Holland
Release Date 1/07/2017
Subject Classification Biology, life sciences / Zoology & animal sciences / Zoology: Vertebrates / Birds (ornithology)
This entertaining and informative guide explains the meanings of bird names, many of which have fascinating origins and stories behind them. The universal system of ‘scientific’ names, based largely on Greek and Latin, is used in all good bird books and assists birdwatchers around the world in figuring out exactly what they are looking at. While some of the names are fairly self-explanatory – such as Troglodytes for wren, meaning ‘cave-dweller’ – others are more mysterious – Caprimulgus for nightjar, for example, meaning ‘goat-sucker’. Covering hundreds of bird species from around the world, Birds: What’s In A Name? includes explanations of hundreds of scientific names and common names, as well as delivering a wealth of other facts and trivia relating to the species concerned. In short, it’s the most readable and entertaining book on the subject available anywhere.

Anas platyrhynchos (Mallard) ‘The duck with the flat beak’. Ixobrychus minutus (Little Bittern) ‘Small reed bellower’. Strigops habroptilus (Kakapo) A bird that ‘looks like an owl, with soft feathers’. Ptilonorhynchus violaceus (Satin Bowerbird) ‘Violet bird with a feathered bill’. Tachybaptus ruficollis (Little Grebe) Literally translated, this is the ‘red-collared fast-sinker’.

Peter Barry