The "Whys" of Bird Names

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Vantage Press, Jun 29, 2009 - Nature - 166 pages
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Drawing from a wide variety of backgrounds for bird names, Eleanor H. Stickney addresses mythology, royalty, history, science, appearance, Greek Greek and Latin names, and many others in this well-researched chronicle of the origins of bird names. For the professional ornithologist, the avid bird-watcher, or the just-getting started learner, The Whys of Bird Names provides an excellent reference and enchanting glimpse into the birds of the world.

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User Review  - Sandydog1 - LibraryThing

A short compendium of lists of bird names. Organized by mythology, royalty, geography, naturalists' names, artists' names, etc. I suppose it could be a nice reference for those interested, but Google works nicely as well. Read full review

About the author (2009)

Eleanor H. Stickney has been interested in birds since she was a small child, and felt ornithology was her true life's calling. Her grandfather was an active, but amateur, ornithologist while her great-great-uncle, George Newbold Lawrence, was a famous one. The author, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the author of A Little Bird Told Me (1997), banded birds for the Fish and Wildlife Service for forty-five years, spending thirty of those years as an active ornithologist at the Peabody Museum of Natural History. She also collected birds in Puerto Rico and Antigua for the Peabody Museum of Yale University. Her most memorable bird venture was when she and her late husband saw the beautiful and rare singing male Lawrence's Warbler-a bird her grandfather had discovered and named in 1875. This mother of two grown children is now retired and living in Connecticut, where she enjoys gardening, needlepoint, and travel.

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