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From: Russell Woodford <>
Date: Sun, 6 Aug 1995 22:03:15 +1000 (EST)
I don't know if this has been done for Australian birds, but I know there 
is a dictionary of scientific names for birds generally.  No, of course I 
can't remember any details, like title, author!  However, I found these 
references in the Deakin library catalogue:

 AUTHOR       Lockwood, W. B. (William Burley)
 TITLE        The Oxford book of British bird names
 PUBLISHED    Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1984.
 PHYS DESCR   ix, 174 p. ; 21 cm.
 NOTES        Bibliography: p. [17]-20.
 SUBJECT      Birds --Great Britain --Nomenclature (Popular) --Dictionaries.

 AUTHOR       Gruson, Edward S.
 TITLE        Checklist of the birds of the world; a complete list of the
                species, with names, authorities, and areas of distribution
 PUBLISHED    London : Collins, 1976.
 PHYS DESCR   xii, 212 p. : maps ; 25cm.
 NOTES        American ed. has title: Checklist of the world's birds.
              Maps on lining papers.
              Includes bibliographical references and index.
 SUBJECT      Birds --Classification.
              Birds --Nomenclature (Popular) 

A look at the bibliography of Frith (1969) 'Birds of the Australian High 
Country' may give you some more info.  The big Readers' Digest book of 
Aussie birds has the name of the original species describer, and year, as 
does Christidis & Boles (1994).

Following on from a recent posts about bird-movies, maybe someone can 
think of some 'original' descriptions of scientific names???? I couldn't, 
apart from realising that Necohmia temporalis (RB Firetail), Poephila 
personata (Masked finch), Neochmia modesta (Plum-headed Finch) and Circus 
approximans (Swamp Harrier) hold enormous potential for mis-translation 
of the Latin!  Go to it.

Russell Woodford

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