100 Birds and How They Got Their Names

100 Birds and How They Got Their Names

Diana Wells

How did cranes come to represent matrimonial happiness? Why have been magpies the one creatures that might no longer move inside of Noah's Ark? Birds and fowl imagery are indispensable components of our language and tradition. along with her extraordinary skill to dig up curious and eye-catching proof, Diana Wells hatches a deal with for lively birders and armchair fanatics alike. Meet the intrepid adventurers and naturalists who risked their lives to explain and identify new birds. examine the legendary tales of the gods and goddess linked to chook names. discover the avian trademarks utilized by our best writers--from Coleridge's albatross in "The old Mariner" to Poe's raven.

A sampling of the chook lore you will find inside:

Benjamin Franklin did not want the bald eagle on our nationwide Seal as a result of its "bad ethical character," (it steals from different birds); he lobbied for the turkey instead.

Chaffinches, whose Latin identify ability "unmarried," are known as "bachelor birds" simply because they congregate in flocks of 1 gender.

in view that mockingbirds mimic speech, a few local American tribes fed mockingbird hearts to their teenagers, believing it helped them study language.

a gaggle of starlings is named a murmuration simply because they chatter so after they roost within the thousands.

prepared alphabetically, every one of those chicken stories is observed via a two-color line drawing. Dip into a hundred Birds and you can by no means examine a sparrow, an ostrich, or a wren in particularly an analogous way.

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