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Birds of the World: Recommended English Names Paperback – August 20, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (August 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691128278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691128276
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,523,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A very valuable resource."--Ted Floyd, editor, Birding Magazine

"A 272-page compendium 16 years in the making that standardizes the English name of every bird species in existence--10,068, give or take. . . . Deciding among the names was a Solomonlike endeavor. Gill and Wright weighed tradition, history, culture, and biology as they culled the lists, awaiting input from a worldwide committee of more than two dozen."--Sandy Bauers, Philadelphia Inquirer

"An international bird lister's dream come true!"--Robert E. Hoopes, Wildlife Activist

"This book represents a major advance in naming the birds of the world. . . . Certainly every ornithologist and advanced birder should purchase this book, seriously consider its recommendations, and have it readily available in his or her reference library."--International Hawkwatcher

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"This book will prove useful to English-speaking birdwatchers around the world and to ornithologists writing in English for an international audience."--David Wilcove, Princeton University

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Holt on April 3, 2007
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A typical page in this book contains 3 columns: International English Name, Scientific Name, and Region(s), with one line per species. Birds are grouped by order and family.

One of the best things about this book is that it comes with a CD with an Excel spreadsheet containing all of the birds in the book. My "life list" currently consists of little notes written in a bunch of field guides (all written in various languages, depending on where in the world I was). I plan to use this spreadsheet to consolidate and organize all of the data I've collected so far about the birds I have seen around the world, and I find it helpful to have consistent English names for the birds (rather than the local names in the field guides).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Antonio Salvadori on January 8, 2007
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This book is fantastic. It gives the International Ornithological Congress recommended English names of the 10,066 species following the taxonomic sequence of Monroe and Sibley. Hopefully at long last a standard has been set and we will all use the same names as this book encourages. Included with the book is an extremely useful CD containing all of the books information as a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. This will no doubt help all computer software creators in updating their lists automatically. No doubt some people will refuse to adopt the new names but in the long run this will proove to be the standard and they will be the poor loosers.An invaluable book (and CD) buy it.
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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Richard Laven on November 27, 2006
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Do we really need to have standardised English names? We have latin names to prevent the confusion that local english names may cause. For example how can you say which is better Common Loon or Great Northern Diver. It's pointless
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