Australian bird names, new book

This video says about itself:

April 14, 2010

Join wildlife photographer Marie Read as she documents the bird life in Kakadu National Park in Australia’s Northern Territory.

Read more about her trip in Living Bird magazine.


Australian Bird Names

A Complete Guide

Ian Fraser
Jeannie Gray


352 pages, 245 x 170 mm

Paperback New – May 2013

ISBN: 9780643104693 – AU $ 49.95

Australian Bird Names is aimed at anyone with an interest in birds, words, or the history of Australian biology and bird-watching. It discusses common and scientific names of every Australian bird, to tease out the meanings, which may be useful, useless or downright misleading!

The authors examine every species: its often many-and-varied common names, its full scientific name, with derivation, translation and a guide to pronunciation. Stories behind the name are included, as well as relevant aspects of biology, conservation and history. Original descriptions, translated by the authors, have been sourced for many species.

As well as being a book about names this is a book about the history of ever-developing understandings of birds, about the people who contributed and, most of all, about the birds themselves.

7 thoughts on “Australian bird names, new book

    • I am not sure, as I did not read this new book myself (yet).

      Many English names of Australian birds, like kookaburra, are derived from Aboriginal languages, and these will extremely probably be in the book, with explanation.

      I don’t know about the species whose name in English differs from Australian aboriginal names.


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