CSIRO Publishing is releasing a new book in May with the following title:
Fraser, I. & Gray, J. (2013). Australian Bird Names: A Complete Guide
(CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood).
The promotional material on the CSIRO Publishing website
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.
I don't have any commercial interest in this book. I just thought that
quite a few Birding-aus subscribers would be interested in its release,
especially since there's been ongoing discussions about species' names.
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