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Whose bird? : common bird names and the people they commemorate

Author: Bo Beolens; Michael Watkins
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English
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"Is Bonaparte's Gull named after Napoleon Bonaparte? Is the Pallas' Sandgrouse named for the same individual as the Pallas' Warbler? This entertaining book provides for the first time a mini-biography of every person after whom a bird has been named in the English vernacular - some 1,400 individuals. Featuring 150 illustrations, Whose Bird? is arranged in the style of an encyclopedia with entries indexed both by  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Terminology
Names
Nomenclature
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bo Beolens; Michael Watkins
ISBN: 030010359X 9780300103595
OCLC Number: 54616507
Notes: Also published in U.K. by C. Helm with subtitle: Men and women commemorated in the common names of birds.
Description: 400 pages : portraits ; 22 cm
Other Titles: Men and women commemorated in the common names of birds.
Common bird names and the people they commemorate
Responsibility: Bo Beolens and Michael Watkins.

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"Is Bonaparte's Gull named after Napoleon Bonaparte? Is the Pallas' Sandgrouse named for the same individual as the Pallas' Warbler? This entertaining book provides for the first time a mini-biography of every person after whom a bird has been named in the English vernacular - some 1,400 individuals. Featuring 150 illustrations, Whose Bird? is arranged in the style of an encyclopedia with entries indexed both by relevant individual and by bird." "The book concentrates on the people - heroes, romantics, fanatics, and many others. Entries explain who the people were, when and where they traveled, what else they did and were famous for, with whom they were connected, what they wrote and published, and how birds came to be named after them. Filled with stories about the lives and times of naturalists over the centuries, this accessible reference volume will intrigue readers at every level of interest in ornithology."--Jacket.

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