Yes, Latin for Bird Lovers by Roger Lederer and Carol Burr. I learned more than I expected to learn in the book and it was awesome! I took down some notes to make sure I would remember the bits of information I read. Here are most of my notes:
So, there were words that I was already familiar with, such as:
- Greek for "duck"
|as in Anas luzonica or Philippine Duck|
- meaning "bald"
as in Sarcops calvus or Coleto
- means "to take, grasp, receive", used for raptors
|as in Accipiter virgatus or Besra|
- means "white"
- as in Motacilla alba or White Wagtail
- other forms of the word are albi-- , albus, etc
- Greek words batracho meaning "frog" and stoma meaning "mouth"
as in Batrachostomus septimus
or Philippine Frogmouth
- Cista meaning "wooden basket" and colo meaning "dwell" to describe the nests typical of cisticolas
|as in Cisticola juncidis or Zitting Cisticola|
- Greek words erythros meaning "red" and gaster meaning "belly"
|as in Pitta erythrogaster or Red-bellied Pitta|
- Falcis meaning "curved blade or sickle"
- as in Falco peregrinus or Peregrine Falcon
- Galli meaning "chicken" and rallus meaning "rail or thin"
|as in Gallirallus torquatus or Barred Rail|
- pronounced ger-IH-gon-ee
- Greek words goryo meaning "sound" and gone meaning "born of; offspring"
- as in Gerygone sulphurea or Golden-bellied Gerygone, which loves to sing!
- Greek for kingfisher
|as in Halcyon smyrnensis|
or White-throated Kingfisher
- means "butcher"
- as in Lanius cristatus or Brown Shrike, which is known as a "butcher bird"
- Greek words musca meaning "fly" and capio meaning "capture"
|as in Muscicapa ferruginea|
or Ferruginous Flycatcher
- Greek words nyx meaning "night" and corax meaning "raven"
|as in Nycticorax nycticorax|
or Black-crowned Night-Heron
- means "small bird" in East India
- as in Pitta sordida or Hooded Pitta
- Greek words pychnos meaning "strong or thick" and notos meaning "back"
|as in Pycnonotus goiavier or Yellow-vented Bulbul|
- Greek word rhabdotos meaning "striped"
|as in Rhabdornis mysticalis|
or Stripe-headed Rhabdornis
- Green words zoster meaning girdle and ops meaning "eye" describing the white eye ring
|as in Zosterops meyeni or Lowland White-eye|
There were also other words that don't really have any Greek or special background:
- used based on the call of different owl species
- which the book says has unknown derivations
|Like this would-be lifer for me, it is unknown|
if it is a Northern or Chocolate Boobook
- Anna's Hummingbird was named after Princess Anna d'Essling, Duchess of Rivoli. I've always been curious who Anna was =)
- Gould's Bronze Cuckoo was named after John Gould, taxidermist of Charles Darwin, artist, and author.
- Everetti, as in Zosterops everetti or Everett's White-eye, is after British collector Alfred Everett.
- Jefferyi, as in Pithecophaga jefferyi or Philippine Eagle, is after Jeffery Whitehead, father of John Whitehead who was an English explorer and naturalist.
- Kochi, as in Erythtropitta kochi or Whiskered Pitta, is after after Gottleib von Koch who was a German collector and taxidermist. It's pronounced KOCK-eye.
- Steerii, as in Pitta steerii or Steere's Pitta, is after American ornithologist, Joseph Steere.
This one was really interesting to me, because it is a more folklore-ish background of naming a bird rather than based on field marks, plus I also like cuckoos:
- Greek words caco- meaning "bad omen" and mantis meaning "seer or prophet"
|as in Cacomantis sepulcralis|
or Rusty-breasted Cuckoo
I can finally return the book to Jon! Yay! There was much more I learned on top of what I have included here and I really hope I remember everything... or, maybe I'll just have to get myself a copy of the book ;)