As stated in the title, this book translates the scientific nomenclature of bird names into something any reader can understand. The authors suggest that such translations “will not only enhance a day of birding but result in an accumulated knowledge and appreciation of birds.” A six-page introduction presents the concepts of scientific nomenclature, problems with translating Greek and Latin, taxonomic rules such as the Law of Priority, and brief biographies of a few of the earliest taxonomists, starting with Adam and Aristotle and ending with Wilson and Coues. The book is arranged alphabetically by genus, with the derivation of each generic name explained, followed by the species explanations plus common names and other names.

Since I know little Greek or Latin, the best I could do to check the quality of the translations presented here was to compare them to a book I already owned, Dictionary of Birds of the...

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