|Roger Lederer & Carol Burr.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||224 / 2014|
You can learn a lot about a bird from its scientific name; taken from Latin, these descriptive terms can identify species by color, size, or distribution, and may illuminate a hidden history or quality. Beautifully illustrated with classic naturalist paintings, this handbook from Roger Lederer—host of Ornithology.com—and Carol Burr uncovers the meanings behind more than 3,000 scientific names for birds. It also delves into bird behavior and reveals some fascinating discoveries of ornithologists; one debunked the myth that robins sing because they are happy, for example, while another found that birdsong is regionally distinctive.