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Latin for Bird Lovers

Latin for Bird Lovers

Author: Roger Lederer, Carol Burr

Published: 2014-04-22

Publisher's Description:

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, as well as color, pattern, size, parts of the body, the name of the ornithologist who discovered the bird, where the bird is found, or even specific behavior. The book also profiles twelve great ornithologists, has in-depth features on 20 beloved birds, and is gorgeously illustrated.


Pages: 224 pp.*
Book dimensions: 6¾ x 9 in. (230 x 170 mm.)*
Images: 200 color drawings*

*These specifications have not been finalized and are subject to change. (As of November 5, 2013)


  • Language: English
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  • Date Published: 21 Apr 2014
  • ISBN-10: 1604695463
  • ISBN-13: 9781604695465