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Australian Bird Names

Chris Merkord
  • A Complete Guide Fraser,Ian; Gray, Jeannie CSIRO Publishing 2013 Collingwood, Victoria Australia http://www.publish.csiro.au/pid/6833.htm

    Illustrations | 352 pages | 245 x 170 mm | 3.00 pounds

    English , Australasian, , Australia, 08/01/2013 0643104690 9780643104693 No value No value

Australian Bird Names is aimed at anyone with an interest in birds, words, or the history of Australian biology and bird-watching. It discusses common and scientific names of every Australian bird, to tease out the meanings, which may be useful, useless or downright misleading!


The authors examine every species: its often many-and-varied common names, its full scientific name, with derivation, translation and a guide to pronunciation. Stories behind the name are included, as well as relevant aspects of biology, conservation and history. Original descriptions, translated by the authors, have been sourced for many species.


As well as being a book about names this is a book about the history of ever-developing understandings of birds, about the people who contributed and, most of all, about the birds themselves.

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