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100 Birds and How They Got Their Names Diana Wells

100 Birds and How They Got Their Names

Diana Wells

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ISBN : 9781565126848
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320 pages
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How did cranes come to symbolize matrimonial happiness? Why were magpies the only creatures that would not go inside Noahs Ark? Birds and bird imagery are integral parts of our language and culture. With her remarkable ability to dig up curious andMoreHow did cranes come to symbolize matrimonial happiness? Why were magpies the only creatures that would not go inside Noahs Ark? Birds and bird imagery are integral parts of our language and culture. With her remarkable ability to dig up curious and captivating facts, Diana Wells hatches a treat for active birders and armchair enthusiasts alike. Meet the intrepid adventurers and naturalists who risked their lives to describe and name new birds. Learn the mythical stories of the gods and goddess associated with bird names. Explore the avian emblems used by our greatest writers--from Coleridges albatross in The Ancient Mariner to Poes raven.A sampling of the bird lore youll find inside:Benjamin Franklin didnt want the bald eagle on our National Seal because of its bad moral character, (it steals from other birds)- he lobbied for the turkey instead.Chaffinches, whose Latin name means unmarried, are called bachelor birds because they congregate in flocks of one gender.Since mockingbirds mimic speech, some Native American tribes fed mockingbird hearts to their children, believing it helped them learn language.A group of starlings is called a murmuration because they chatter so when they roost in the thousands.Organized alphabetically, each of these bird tales is accompanied by a two-color line drawing. Dip into 100 Birds and youll never look at a sparrow, an ostrich, or a wren in quite the same way.