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Dictionaries of word meaning, etymology, eponymy, and onomasiology related to birds, bird names, and ornithology.


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Lapwings, Loons and Lousy Jacks

The How and Why of Bird Names
By Ray Reedman
Aug 2016 The Lapwing once had many regional names; the Loon has a British-American identity crisis and the...

The Scientific Nomenclature of Birds in the Upper Midwest

By James Sandrock; Jean C. Prior
Mar 2014 The translation and explanation of genus and species names yield markers to help us identify bird...

A Conspiracy of Ravens

A Compendium of Collective Nouns for Birds
By Samuel Fanous
Sep 2014 A murder of crows', 'a charm of goldfinches', 'an ostentation of peacocks': collective nouns for...

A Dictionary of Birds

By Bruce Campbell, Elizabeth Lack
Mar 2011 A Dictionary of Birds enlists contributions from over 280 ornithologists and other specialists fr...

North American Bird Folknames and Names

By James Kedzie Sayre
Apr 1996 Book FeaturesOver 8,000 names for the 500+ species of birds that breed in and regularly visit Nor...

Latin for Bird Lovers

By Roger Lederer, Carol Burr
Apr 2014 In every scientific discipline there is an official language formed of words derived from Latin....

Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names

By Jobling, James A.
Dec 2009 Many scientific bird names describe a bird's habits, habitat, distribution or a plumage feature,...

The Eponym Dictionary of Birds

By Bo Beolens, Michael Watkins...
Aug 2014 Birdwatchers often come across bird names that include a person’s name, either in the vernacular...

Dictionary of Birds of the United States

Scientific and Common Names
By Joel Ellis Holloway
Oct 2003 This is the most complete and up-to-date dictionary of names of American birds available. With mo...

Australian Bird Names

A Complete Guide
By Fraser,Ian; Gray, Jeannie
Aug 2013 Australian Bird Names is aimed at anyone with an interest in birds, words, or the history of Aus...