Re: Bird Names

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Subject: Re: Bird Names
From: "Glen Ingram" <>
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 1998 22:00:27 +1000
Good point Susan. Alas, many of those names from the European heritage are
used and known by a multitude of non-birdwatchers - our public. They, more
than anyone, are the ones you would knock off their perch with such changes.

By the way, evocative as it is, "Emu" is European, from Portuguese. It has
been variously used for all the giant ratites: rheas, cassowaries and
Ostrich. There is even an "Emeus", a generic name for moas.

However, this does not distract from your assertion.

What is the Victorian Babbler by the way? Actually, it would be a good name
for the White-backed Magpie.

Best wishes

Glen Ingram
Brisbane, Australia.

"Basic Birdsmanship is of course to have the best pair of field glasses in
any group." Stephen Potter.

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