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A Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names Hardcover – May 7, 1992

ISBN-13: 978-0198546344 ISBN-10: 0198546343 Edition: y First edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; y First edition edition (May 7, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198546343
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198546344
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #792,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`Every now and again, along comes a book which fills such an obvious gap in one's library that purchase is automatic and immediate. This is one such book. This one deals only with scientific names, but it is by far the most comprehensive, covering the generic and specific scientific name of every one of the world's bird species.' `This book's clear typography and good design make it a pleasure to use. It is an essential addition to every serious ornithological library. As well as using this book for reference purposes, many birdwatchers will find it pleasurable and intriguing for browsing in during idle moments.' British Birds, December 1991

'Every now and again, along comes a book which fills such an obvious gap in one's library that purchase is automatic and immediate. This is one such book ... it is by far the most comprehensive, covering the generic and specific scientific name of every one of the world's bird species. This book's clear typography and good design make it a pleasure to use. It is an essential addition to every serious ornithological library. As well as using this book for reference purposes, many birdwatchers will find it pleasurable and intriguing for browsing in during idle moments.' J.T.R. Sharrock, British Birds, Volume 84, Number 12, December 1991

'Mr Jobling reveals all ('field-dwelling', 'woodworm-eating' and 'bald-necked') with great charm.' Bath and West Evening Chronicle

`Michael Corballais tackles fascinating questions with a remarkable blend of erudition, clarity and humour. The book is compelling reading because of the inherent fascination of the theme.' The Higher

'A book that fills a gap, essential for anyone who has ever wondered about the language, origin and even the logic behind scientific names.' Su Gough, BTO News, Jan/Feb '92

'The treatment is scholarly... Attractive drawings by Richard Fowling and the author decorate the text. Recommended to all ornithologists with even a passing interest in scientific names.' Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club

'The result of Jobling's very meticulous but undoubtedly satisfying job is a really fascinating book! Many details on taxonomic history, behaviour or morphology, even of birds you m,ay never have seen, and probably never will see, become obvious. Highly recommended.' Andre J van Loon, Dutch Birding 14: June 1992

'a Classical education will not elucidate all names, and Mr Jobling's labour of love is invaluable ... Throughout, there are informative gems ... everyone interested in the origins or meanings of bird names should buy this book.' G.D. Field

'I consider the book to be invaluable.' Malcolm Wilsdon, The London Naturalist, No. 71, 1992

'This is a comprhensive etymology for all currently valid generic and specific names of birds ... described between January 1758 and June 1990 ... a veritable aviary of liveliness. The introduction and the entries achieve conciseness and elegance of writing, full of fascinating facets - historical, poetical and linguistic.' P. Holt, Archives of Natural History 20 (1) 1993

About the Author


About the Author:
James A. Jobling is a member of various ornithologists' unions and a fellow of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By goosefish on January 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
All serious birdwatchers use scientific names, but how many know what the names actually mean? This book grants you a new degree of authority. You'll have a deeper understanding of birds when you know what led to their official nomenclature.

While genus/species names are often practical & obvious -- e.g. platyrynchos = wide-billed; rufficapilus = red capped -- they're sometimes idiosyncratic or even mysterious. Dedicated birders will appreciate the addition of these memorable trivialities to their encyclopedic memories.

One's general vocabulary might benefit too; all those Latin and Greek root words permeate the English language. When confronted with an unknown word founded upon Latin bird descriptors, you should have little difficulty divining some kind of meaning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By World Traveller on August 9, 2011
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Anyone interested in the meaning and origins of scientific bird names should purchase this book. The dictionary provides definitions of generic and specific names of most bird species, whether they have been named for appearance, for a person or place, for some aspect of their habitat, behavior, food, or voice, or with reference to their native language name. A fascinating and rewarding volume!
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