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Latin for Bird Lovers : Over 3,000 bird names explored and explained

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Latin for Bird Lovers is an accessible, informative, and beautifully illustrated guide to the mysteries of ornithological Latin. It reveals the meaning, origin, and pronunciation of Latin binomials, helping readers to get to grips with the highly useful information that these names contain, and also to communicate more effectively with other birders. The book features 'Bird Profile' pages which look in depth at specific genera. Its 'Great Ornithologist' spreads reveal the fascinating stories of the men and women who found and named many of the birds we love; its "Latin in Action" feature boxes provide tips that will help readers apply the lore of Latin names to their own birding.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 177.8 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 612.35g
  • Portland, OR, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations (colour)
  • 1604695463
  • 9781604695465
  • 191,208

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You can learn a lot about a bird from its scientific name. The descriptive terms that make up these names can identify species by color, size, or distribution, and may illuminate a hidden history or quality.

Latin for Bird Lovers uncovers the secrets behind more than 3,000 scientific names. It also delves into bird behavior -and reveals the fascinating discoveries of ornithologists: one debunked the myth that robins sing because they are happy, while another found that birdsong is regionally distinctive.
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"Scientific names, those sometimes cumbersome binomial identifiers, can be more entertaining than we may imagine--a point driven home by Latin for Bird Lovers." --The Wall Street Journal

"Lederer and Burr enliven things with more than 250 colorful and detailed images, genus profiles, stories about famous birders and short hits on topics such as beaks, feathers, bird songs and calls, and migration. It makes for a reference work with entertainment value." --Chicago Tribune

"This beautifully illustrated dictionary of 3,000 bird names trots out enlightening trivia." --The Week

"Sheds light on some of the world's most colorful and interesting birds." --BirdWatching

"Gorgeous illustrations fill the pages, making this Latin-heavy guide flutter to life with every brush stroke. All I can say is, checking out this book will be a real feather in your cap." --The Columbian

"A beautiful book. The illustrations are exquisite and the colors are very vivid. . . . This would be a wonderful reference book for the bird lover to have on hand." --Happy Little Bookworm

"An entertaining book, suitable for leisurely reading or as a present." --Tringa Scientific names, those sometimes cumbersome binomial identifiers, can be more entertaining than we may imagine a point driven home by Latin for Bird Lovers. The Wall Street Journal

Lederer and Burr enliven things with more than 250 colorful and detailed images, genus profiles, stories about famous birders and short hits on topics such as beaks, feathers, bird songs and calls, and migration. It makes for a reference work with entertainment value. Chicago Tribune

This beautifully illustrated dictionary of 3,000 bird names trots out enlightening trivia. The Week

Sheds light on some of the world s most colorful and interesting birds. BirdWatching

Gorgeous illustrations fill the pages, making this Latin-heavy guide flutter to life with every brush stroke. All I can say is, checking out this book will be a real feather in your cap. The Columbian

A beautiful book. The illustrations are exquisite and the colors are very vivid. . . . This would be a wonderful reference book for the bird lover to have on hand. Happy Little Bookworm

An entertaining book, suitable for leisurely reading or as a present. Tringa" "Scientific names, those sometimes cumbersome binomial identifiers, can be more entertaining than we may imagine--a point driven home by "Latin for Bird Lovers."""--Wall Street Journal" "Sheds light on some of the world's most colorful and interesting birds." --"BirdWatching Magazine" "Gorgeous illustrations fill the pages, making this Latin-heavy guide flutter to life with every brush stroke. All I can say is, checking out this book will be a real feather in your cap." --"The Columbian" "Lederer and Burr enliven things with more than 250 colorful and detailed images, genus profiles, stories about famous birders and short hits on topics such as beaks, feathers, bird songs and calls, and migration. It makes for a reference work with entertainment value." --"Chicago Tribune" This beautifully illustrated dictionary of 3,000 bird names trots out enlightening trivia. --"The Week""A beautiful book. The illustrations are exquisite and the colors are very vivid. . . . This would be a wonderful reference book for the bird lover to have on hand."--"Happy Little Bookworm" "An entertaining book, suitable for leisurely reading or as a present." --"Tringa"" This beautifully illustrated dictionary of 3,000 bird names trots out enlightening trivia. "
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About Roger J. Lederer

Dr. Roger Lederer is an emeritus Professor of Biological Sciences at California State University, Chico. His expertise is ecology and ornithology, and he has published over thirty scientific research papers and six books. He has been consulted by many organisations and individuals, including the BBC and National Geographic. Carol Burr has a PhD in 19th Century British Literature and taught the subject at California state University, Chico, for 37 years. She has authored articles and edited books on women writers. Most recently she illustrated a local bird guide 'The Birds of Bidwell Park' with husband Dr. Roger Lederer.
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