An excellent introduction is -
'A Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names' by James A Jobling, OUP 1991 ISBN
There is also -
'Birds - Their Latin Names Explained.' by A E Gotch. Blandford Press
ISBN 0 7137 1175 2. Published 1981.
Gotch's book was the first of its kind I found, but it is not comprehensive
and deals with selected names. Jobling's, on the other hand, attempts to cover
all of the scientific names, at the specific level, that were current at the
Of course, the passage of time means that the degree of completeness is
somewhat less than it was...
Ros Laundon <> wrote:
>I have been doing a bit of reading and, once again, I feel the lack of a
>Latin/scientific terms dictionary specifically for birds.
>I have several for plants, namely:
>Debenham, C. [no date], The Language of botany, SGAP;
>Perrin, Don. [no date], Dictionary of botanical names. SGAP; and
>Neal, Bill. 1993. Gardener's Latin. Robert Hale Ltd. London.
>This combination is usually enough for my plant needs.
>Does anyone know:
>* If there is a publication that fills that niche for "latin" bird names
>and meanings extending to some other ornithological, scientific
>* Has anyone extracted the scientific names and meanings from Cayley and
>sorted that lot into a dictionary-type list?
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