Re: Meanings of scientific names

Subject: Re: Meanings of scientific names
From: (Ronald Orenstein)
Date: Sun, 06 Aug 1995 09:53:52 -0400
Check out "A Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names" by James A. Jobling,
Oxford U Press, 1991.  It claims to give the derivation and meaning of all
scientific bird names.  For example, it notes that Climacteris comes from
the Greek klimakter or klimakteros, the step of a staircase or the rung of a

I cannot vouch for the book's  accuracy and completeness (it would be a
pretty daunting task to do so!), but it does exist.  I would check The Ibis
for a review.
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