Birds of the Rickett's Point Marine Sanctuary: Rickett's Point Victoria 3193

Loxton, K and Buckeridge, J 2017, Birds of the Rickett's Point Marine Sanctuary: Rickett's Point Victoria 3193, Greypath Productions, Melbourne, Australia.


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Title Birds of the Rickett's Point Marine Sanctuary: Rickett's Point Victoria 3193
Author(s) Loxton, K
Buckeridge, J
Year 2017
Publisher Greypath Productions
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Subjects Vertebrate Biology
Terrestrial Ecology
Summary Ever since humans began to leave artifacts, such as drawings, carvings and the written word, we have made special reference to birds. Sometimes our understanding of what they are has been very badly flawed, such as the notion that a parrot anointed with a frog's blood would change the colour of its plumage from green to red (Birkhead, 2008) and the belief that birds (in particular geese) and barnacles shared the same life cycle (Buckeridge, 2011). The latter may well involve a degree of expediency on behalf of the clergy, who by seeing birds and seafood as one, effectively classified geese as seafood, permitting their consumption of Fridays and other days of Holy Obligation. Curiously, the legacy of this mistake survives in modern nomenclature: the common name of Branta leucopsis is the barnacle goose, and even more curiously the scientific name of the goose barnacle Lepas anserifera literally means "platy or scaly goose". The confusion is also perpetrated in the French language, where the word for the barnacle goose (canard) also canardmeans a hoax or falsity.However, it is beyond the purpose of this little book to deeply ponder why humans are so infatuated with wildlife, especially birds - for we surely are. Clearly whilst it is their variation, their antics and their song that enthrall, it is the ability of birds to fly that is generally uppermost in our minds when we contemplate them, although not all birds fly - emu and penguins being regional examples of flightless birds.
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