The words we use to name birds are some of the most lyrical and evocative in the English language. They also tell incredible stories: of epic expeditions, fierce battles between rival ornithologists, momentous historical events and touching romantic gestures. In Mrs. Moreau’s Warbler, Stephen Moss shows how these names reveal as much about ourselves and our relationship with the natural world as about the creatures they describe.
Mrs. Moreau’s Warbler: How Birds Got Their Names
by Stephen Moss
‘Entertaining and exciting…Moss takes us on a series of wonderful diversions into bird etymology, tracing the tracks of avian meaning’ – Philip Hoare, New Statesman
Swallow and starling, puffin and peregrine, blue tit and blackcap. We use these names so often that few of us ever pause to wonder about their origins. What do they mean? Where did they come from?
Paperback: 358 pages
Publisher: Guardian Faber, an imprint of Faber & Faber Ltd., 2018 (new edit. 2019)
2 in stock
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