Whose Bird?: Men and Women Commemorated in the Common Names of Birds

Whose Bird?: Men and Women Commemorated in the Common Names of Birds


By (author) Bo Beolens, By (author) Michael Watkins, Introduction by Ben Schott

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  • Publisher: Christopher Helm Publishers Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 216mm x 22mm | 682g
  • Publication date: 28 November 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0713666471
  • ISBN 13: 9780713666472
  • Illustrations note: b&w photographs, line drawings
  • Sales rank: 588,099

Product description

Birders often wonder about the people commemorated in the names of many of our familiar bird species. Was Bonaparte's Gull named after Napoleon? Was the Pallas who named Pallas' Warbler the same individual as the discoverer of Pallas' Sandgrouse, and if so did he discover the two birds at the same time, on the same journey? Who was the Lady Amherst who gave her name to one of the world's most spectacular yet secretive pheasants? This book answers these questions and many more by presenting a potted biography of every individual who has given their name to a species of bird.The biographies detail the life and work of the individual involved, often revealing fascinating insights about the nature of bird study and exploration in the centuries gone by. 2235 birds and 1124 individuals are covered in the texts, and all available details are given for the handful of names which could not be traced. This reference is illustrated throughout with portraits of the individuals concerned and line drawings of the birds that bear their names.

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Author information

Both authors are lifelong birders. Bo Beolens is known to thousands of birders as 'The Fat Birder' - founder of probably the biggest and best Internet resource for birders in existence.

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"Something of interest and value for anyone who enjoys birds."