Ian Fraser ‘How Did Australian Birds Get English Names?’

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Thursday, 18 November 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Ian will describe how stories of these creations can be intriguing, funny, erroneous and sometimes downright ridiculous. Names usually tell us more about us than the birds. This talk is a celebration of birds, words and history.

Abstract

The answer is from many and varied sources, including Indigenous (though sadly not many), Old English, Portuguese, Malay, French, Malagasy, Tupi-Gairani and many others. Many more were invented because so much was unfamiliar; the stories of these creations can be intriguing, funny, erroneous and sometimes downright ridiculous. Names usually tell us more about us than the birds. This talk is a celebration of birds, words and history."

Biography

Ian Fraser has spent the last 40-plus years in Canberra, as naturalist, conservationist, award-winning author, ABC broadcaster, educator and tour guide. The second, revised, edition of Australian Bird Names; origins and meanings (co-authored with Jeannie Gray) was published by CSIRO in 2019." 

This talk will be held in the ANBG Theatrette.

Bookings are essential because of the COVID-19 guidelines related to the Thursday Talks and limited seating (tickets are free). Bookings will open on the Friday before the talk; they will close on the following Wednesday night or when seating limits are reached.

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- You have not been in a hotspot or prohibited area before attending Thursday Talks.
- You do not attend if you are feeling unwell.

Tickets are limited, please notify us if you are unable to come on 0437 298 711 or 0407 299 704.