Latin for Bird Lovers is an accessible, informative, and beautifully illustrated guide to the mysteries of ornithological Latin. It reveals the meaning, origin, and pronunciation of Latin binomials, helping readers to get to grips with the highly useful information that these names contain, and also to communicate more effectively with other birders. The book features 'Bird Profile' pages which look in depth at specific genera. Its 'Great Ornithologist' spreads reveal the fascinating stories of the men and women who found and named many of the birds we love; its "Latin in Action" feature boxes provide tips that will help readers apply the lore of Latin names to their own birding.
Dr. Roger Lederer is an emeritus Professor of Biological Sciences at California State University, Chico. His expertise is ecology and ornithology, and he has published over thirty scientific research papers and six books. He has been consulted by many organisations and individuals, including the BBC and National Geographic. Carol Burr has a PhD in 19th Century British Literature and taught the subject at California state University, Chico, for 37 years. She has authored articles and edited books on women writers. Most recently she illustrated a local bird guide 'The Birds of Bidwell Park' with husband Dr. Roger Lederer.