By James A. Jobling
Containing over 8,500 entries, A Dictionary of clinical chook Names is the 1st ebook to give an explanation for the derivation and that means of all legitimate clinical chicken names. This worthwhile reference defines every one identify half individually to prevent the confusion of destiny revisions--a identify like Passer domesticus will in basic terms be stumbled on because the separate entries Passer (sparrow) and domesticus (domestic). different entries supply attention-grabbing info and priceless info. We examine, for instance, that lewis is derived from explorer Meriwether Lewis, and decussatus shows chook is marked with X-shaped crosses. And an informative advent discusses the ways that birds were named for his or her visual appeal, for somebody or position, or a few element in their habitat, meals, or voice.
With an entire bibliography and wide cross-references, A Dictionary of chicken Names will discover a everlasting position on any bird-lover's shelf.
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Aphanes, vanished, invisible; pterux, a wing. Aphanolimnas Gr. aphanes, hidden, secret; Mod. L. limnas, a crake or rail; the extinct Kusaie Crake A. monasa is known only from two specimens collected over one hundred years ago from shadowy swamp forest in the Caroline Islands. Aphantotriccus Gr. e. new, distinctive); Mod. L. triccus, a tyrant flycatcher (Gr. trikkos, a small wren-like bird mentioned by Hesychius, not further identified. The syn. genus Triccus was diagnosed by Cabanis in 1845). 36 37 Aphantochroa Gr.
Ruficapillus utters deep, hooting, owllike calls. basalis Mod. L. basalis, basal (L. basis, a base, a pedestal); from the distinctive rufous-based tail feathers of Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoo Chrysococcyx. basilanica After the island of Basilan, Sulu Archipelago, Philippines. Basileuterus Gr. basileuteros, more kingly (comp. of basileus, a king; applied in classical times to a small bird mentioned by Aristotle, usually identified as the wren Troglodytes, but also conjectured to be a type of warbler Phylloscopus or a goldcrest Regulus).
Haploos, sheer, simple, and ornis, a bird, with ref. to metallic plumage. Aplopelia Gr. haploos, simple, sheer, plain; peleia, a dove. apoda 37 38 Gr. privative a-, lacking; pous, podos, the foot; 'The first birds of Paradise transported from the Australasian region had no feet, because the natives of New Guinea and the neighbouring islands, where these birds appeared exclusively to exist, used to make certain ornaments of them, and deprive them of those limbs which could not answer that special purpose.