Common Names

To: "birding-aus" <>
Subject: Common Names
From: "S Cooney" <>
Date: Fri, 7 Aug 1998 09:45:22 +1000
Hi all,

OK, on a birding mailing list I guess this has probably been done before,
hopefully not done to death.  There could be 400 keen birder's all rolling
their eyes as they read this or bin it!  But I'm new to the mailing list so
forgive my insolence.

My point of view is this,

In my pre-birding days, when Silver Gulls were just seagulls, I always
called Xenorhynchus asiaticus  a Jabiru.  Imagine my surprise when I looked
through my first field guide and couldn't find this fine bird!  Was I
making it up?  Perhaps it only existed in the dreaming?  And what was this
Black-faced Stork anyway?

I think that the aboriginal names for our birds are some of the best common
names we have for birds.  Names like Kookaburra, Galah, Emu are all
preferable to the purely descriptive names like Yellow-tailed Black
Cockatoo.  Such a glorious bird as this should (and probably did) have a
far grander name than the one we have given it.

I would be interested in what other people think, if no-one responds then
I'll know that this has run its course and all the words that need to be
typed have been typed.



Stuart & Sam Cooney

The Sanctuary
Gembrook, Victoria

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU