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Australian Bird Names: A Complete Guide

…serious Australian birder will consider their library incomplete until they get it…

Australian Bird Names: A Complete Guide

By Ian Fraser & Jeannie Gray | 336 pages | b/w illustrations | Paperback | CSIRO| 2013 | ISBN: 978064310469

The Publisher’s View: 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.

The Authors:

Ian Fraser is a naturalist, conservationist, author, ABC broadcaster, natural history tour guide, environmental consultant and adult educator who has lived and worked in Canberra since 1980. He was awarded the Australian Natural History Medallion in 2006, for services to conservation and education, and is the author of A Bush Capital Year.

Jeannie Gray is a retired teacher and counsellor with a lifelong passion for the study of languages and natural history.

Fatbirder View: This book found its ideal market – me. I love birds and have been fascinated forever with taxonomy and particularly taxonomic nomenclature… and I see that our ‘Whose Bird’ is quoted as a source. Shame we hadn’t yet finished our soon to be published ‘Eponym Dictionary of Birds’. I’m sure the author’s would have found it interesting and, no doubt we would have benefited from their research too. Tackling ALL names from an area has an advantage in that you can arrange the birds in taxonomic order using the Latin (or more properly scientific) names. You can then show alternative common names and give an explanation of each as they do. It is also a chance to list as many local names for birds, which, for Australia, means using many that are not generally known and that, over time, may allow more common use. For example, in neighbouring New Zealand more and more Maori names are now in popular use replacing some imposed by colonial history.

Any serious Australian birder will consider their library incomplete until they get a copy of this book.


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