How birds got their names

Swallow, starling, puffin, parrot and penguin.... We use these names so often that few of us ever pause to wonder about their origins.

Yet the stories behind how the world’s birds got their names reveal tales of epic expeditions, ornithological rivalry, historical events - and even the occasional romantic gesture.

In his new book, "Mrs Moreau’s Warbler", British naturalist Stephen Moss takes a trip through 1,000 years of bird etymology.

Listen to the full audio on the ABC's Late Night Live website.

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