Synopses & Reviews
In every scientific discipline there is an official language formed of words derived from Latin. Ornithology is a perfect example of how these words can be illuminating. Take Anas acuta, better known as the Northern Pintail, whose scientific name means duck and refers to the male bird's tail. Or pelagic (meaning of, related to, or occurring in sea), an important term for ocean-focused bird lovers.
Latin for Bird Lovers explores and explains over 3,000 Latin words used to describe birds. It is information that is invaluable to birdwatchers worldwide: the words help define the identity and relationships among the nearly 10,000 known bird species; they can also define the species names by color, pattern, and size, help identify parts of the body, refer to the name of the ornithologist who discovered the bird, show where the bird is found, and even detail a specific behavior. The book also profiles twelve great ornithologists, has in-depth features on 20 beloved birds, and is gorgeously illustrated.
Latin for Bird Lovers is for birdwatchers, nature lovers, and anyone interested in the words about birds.
This beautifully illustrated book, featuring historical drawings of avariety of bird species, catalogs over 3,000 scientific names for birds and explains what each name means. Special sidebars explainmore detailed or humorous stories behind scientific names. In addition to the short entries for individual species, scatteredthrough the book are profiles of the interesting traits of each genus of bird. Assorted passages about famous birders and birdthemes, like beaks and migration, make this an enjoyable and informative read for birders of all levels.Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
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. This beautifully illustrated book is for birders, naturalists, and anyone interested in the words behind birds.
About the Author
Dr. Roger Lederer is Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at California State University, Chico. His expertise is in ecology and ornithology, and he has published over 30 scientific research papers and six books, including Ecology and Field Biology, Amazing Birds, and Birds of New England. He has been consulted by many organizations and individuals, including: the BBC, National Geographic, National Public Radio, National Canadian Television, the Guinness Book of World Records, and New Scientist. He maintains the popular website, ornithology.com.
Carol Burr has a PhD from Case Western Reserve University. She taught literature at California State University, Chico, for 37 years before retiring in 2008. She has authored articles and edited books on women writers and sense of place. Most recently she illustrated a local bird guide The Birds of Bidwell Park.