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Mrs Moreau's warbler : how birds got their names / Stephen Moss

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Author:
Moss, Stephen 1960-  Search this
Physical description:
x, 357 pages ; 20 cm
Type:
Nomenclature (Popular)
Identification
Field guides
Terminology
Date:
2019
Notes:
Originally published: 2018.
BIRD copy has bookplate: Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Nada Kramar Endowment Income Fund.
Summary:
Swallow and starling, puffin and peregrine, blue tit and blackcap. We use these names so often that few of us ever pause to wonder about their origins. What do they mean? Where did they come from? And who created them?The words we use to name birds are some of the most lyrical and evocative in the English language. They alsotell incredible stories: of epic expeditions, fierce battles between rival ornithologists, momentous historicalevents and touching romantic gestures.Through fascinating encounters with birds, and the rich cast of characters who came up with their names, inMrs Moreau's Warbler Stephen Moss takes us on a remarkable journey through time. From when humans and birds first shared the earth to our fraught present-day coexistence, Moss shows how these names reveal as much about ourselves and our relationship with the natural world as about the creatures they describe.
Topic:
Birds  Search this
Call number:
QL677 .M87 2019
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1104393