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Dictionary of birds of the United States : scientific and commom names
Holloway, Joel Ellis.
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Publication Information:
Portland : Timber Press, 2003.
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244 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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QL682 .H65 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Oklahoma-based Holloway is a practicing dermatologist with a passion for the natural world. He spent many years collecting and researching the information for this dictionary, which is meant to be a companion book to bird guides and bird lists. It contains 900-plus entries for all the permanent and migratory birds, regional forms, introduced specie

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Booklist Review

Really a dictionary of bird names, rather than birds. All the resident birds of the 50 states are included, as well as escaped, exotic, and rare visitors in 900 very brief entries that provide meanings and etymologies for both scientific and common names. A useful complement to more expansive bird references like National Geographic Reference Atlas to the Birds of North America (see p.994). -- RBB Copyright 2004 Booklist

Choice Review

Physician and avid birder Holloway has compiled the first dictionary of bird names since Ernest A. Choate's Dictionary of American Bird Names (rev. ed., 1985). Holloway's work lists the bird species native, introduced, or accidental to all 50 US states. His sources and authorities are David Allen Sibley's The Sibley Guide to Birds (CH, Mar'01) and the American Ornithologists' Union's The A.O.U. Checklist of North American Birds (7th ed., 1998, with supplements 2000, 2002). Entries--genus and species--are arranged alphabetically. Scientific names of genera (Latin or Greek) are translated, defined, and explained. Common names are also explained where appropriate, with derivations from foreign languages, e.g., "Goshawk," from Anglo-Saxon gos, goose, and hafoc, hawk. All entries are combined in a single index. Pen-and-ink drawings by George Miksch Sutton are scattered throughout the text. Although scientific names can be found in Sibley and other field guides, a compact, up-to date dictionary is a useful tool to amateur or professional birders. Given enormous changes in avian nomenclature, the constantly shifting state of taxonomy since 1985 (species "splitting" and "lumping"), and Choate's exclusion of Hawaiian species, rare exotics, escaped captive birds, and introduced species, Holloway's dictionary is a timely and welcome addition to birding literature. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Biology collections in university and large college libraries and individual birders. H. E. Whitmore emeritus, University of Maine at Augusta