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    Whose Bird?: Men and Women Commemorated in the Common Names of Birds (Paperback) By (author) Bo Beolens, By (author) Michael Watkins, Introduction by Ben Schott

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    DescriptionBirders 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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    Title
    Whose Bird?
    Subtitle
    Men and Women Commemorated in the Common Names of Birds
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Bo Beolens, By (author) Michael Watkins, Introduction by Ben Schott
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 682 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780713666472
    ISBN 10: 0713666471
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: WNCB, BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC E4L: SCP
    BIC subject category V2: HBT
    BISAC V2.8: NAT004000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: QL677
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 598.014
    Thema V1.0: WNCB, DNBH, NHT
    Illustrations note
    b&w photographs, line drawings
    Publisher
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Christopher Helm Publishers Ltd
    Publication date
    28 November 2003
    Publication City/Country
    London
    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.
    Review quote
    "Something of interest and value for anyone who enjoys birds."