Australian bird names : a complete guide by Ian Fraser

By Ian Fraser

This e-book is for a person with an curiosity in birds, phrases, or the historical past of Australian biology and birdwatching. It discusses universal and clinical names of each Australian chicken to tease out their meanings--which can be precious, lifeless or downright misleading!

The authors research each species: its frequently many--and--varied universal names, its complete medical identify, with derivation, translation and a advisor to pronunciation. tales at the back of the identify are incorporated, in addition to suitable facets of biology, conservation and heritage. unique descriptions, translated by means of the authors, were sourced for many species.

As good as being a booklet approximately names this is often additionally a ebook in regards to the historical past of ever-developing understandings of birds, in regards to the those that contributed and, such a lot of all, in regards to the birds themselves.

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Non-passerines 19 Other names: White-tailed Bosun (Bos’n) Bird; Yellow-billed Tropicbird, a distinguishing character; Longtail or Marlin-spike; Golden Tropicbird or Bosunbird, for the golden morph found around Christmas Island. Phaethon lepturus Daudin, 1802 [FEH-tohn lep-TOO-rʊs]: ‘slender-tailed shiner’, see genus name, and from Greek leptos, slender or delicate, and -ouros, tailed.  1a). From Latin podex/podicis, meaning anus or vent, and pes/pedis, foot. Not really quite that – just that their feet are set quite remarkably far back on their bodies, on the principle of the outboard motor, to create maximum power and efficiency for swimming and diving.

The snappy broad black collar round the white face/throat is undoubtedly its most obvious characteristic. Other names: Black-collared Pigeon or Imperial-Pigeon; Collared Imperial Fruit-Pigeon, which seems a little excessive; Pink-capped Imperial-Pigeon, also descriptive; Müller’s or Mueller’s Fruit Pigeon or Imperial-Pigeon, from the species name. Ducula mulleri (Temminck, 1835) [doo-KOO-luh MIL-ler-ee]: ‘Müller’s dukul’, see genus name, and for Dr Saloman Müller, a Dutch or German naturalist (the evidence is conflicting), taxonomist and collector in New Guinea, Timor, Java and Sumatra in the 1820s and 1830s.

The name Ground Dove was later used for some time until the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union resurrected Gould’s name Peaceful Dove in 1926. Other names: Zebra Dove, for the finely striped upper breast – this name is more used for birds from western Indonesia and the Malay Peninsula, though these are often regarded as a separate species; Ground Dove, descriptive but far from uniquely so – nonetheless it was the name of choice of the RAOU as late as 1913; Doodle-doo, Doo-doo, Four o’Clock Dove, all valid renditions of the repetitive call; Placid Dove, from the name Geopelia placida, applied when the Australian populations are accorded full species status.

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