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Latin for Bird Lovers: Over 3,000 Bird Names Explored and Explained

Have you ever wondered how birdwatchers, naturalists, and biologists identify different species of bird when each country and region has its own local names for them? For example, an American biologist might want to talk to a German ornithologist. Less extreme than that, different regions of the USA have different common names for various birds.

How can these bird specialists be certain that they are talking about the same creature? The solution to this problem is to have a universal language that has been agreed by everyone and uses a standard way of describing birds in that language.

Luckily, the educated natural scientists of the 18th and 19th centuries decided to use Ancient Latin and Greek (both being dead languages) to describe all living things, birds included. And we in the modern world continue this useful practice.

The hardcover book ‘Latin for Bird Lovers: Over 3,000 Bird Names Explored and Explained’ written by Roger Lederer and Carol Burr, is packed with tips on how to use Latin to identify different species of birds by color, behavior, habitat, and size.

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It is perfect for beginners and experts in those fields as well as people interested in the history and use of language. The authors have done an amazing job of making a potentially difficult subject very easy to understand.

They have taken over 3,000 common birds from the USA and around the world and given their scientific names. They have explained how the names are used, how they are pronounced and why the names were given.

Each Latin name gives a clue to what type of bird it is, how large, its habits and many more interesting facts.

Furthermore, all these unusual words provide a way to describe a specific species of bird so it can be recognized all around the world, regardless of the local language.


This is a fascinating book for all those interested in birds

Describes over 3,000 birds, their Latin names and shows how the names came about

A lovely book for the coffee table or for a bookshelf