What's in a Name?
The scientific names identifying every species of bird are used around the world, though few know how they came about. Fully illustrated with colour photographs, this alphabetical guide traces hundreds of birds’ names to their habits, appearance, and even folklore. Accipiter – for hawks – is derived from the Latin ‘to take’; the crevice-roosting wren is called Troglodytes, or cave-dweller; while the nightjar is Caprimulgus because of an old belief that it sucked goats’ milk.
The Eponym Dictionary of Birds
Written by the authors of Whose Bird, but greatly expanded to list both scientific as well as vernacular birds’ names, the Dictionary has over 4,100 entries and covers more than 10,000 genera, species and subspecies. It provides brief details of the eponymous names – including steel magnates and princes along with the explorers, scientists and ornithologists – from Aagaard (the Buffy Fish Owl, Ketupa ketupa aagaardi) to Zusi (Bogota Surnangel, Helioangelus zusii).