G'day Alex and birding-ozzers,
I've got a feeling I've heard "Bullen-Bullen" before when a petrol-pump
attendant in Cunnamulla saw my bins and asked if I was in the market for
wild-caught parrots, I think he may have been referring to Red-winged Parrots.
Around Dayboro north of Brisbane I've heard Crimson Rosellas referred to as
"Blue-mountain Parrots", Striated Pardalotes as "chip-chips" and Crested
Pigeons as "topknots", though I expect this is fairly common around Oz.
Alexandra Appleman wrote:
> But wait, there's more!
> Having just returned from Central West Queensland (home of the
> Pisswhopper) I have watched the bunfight over common names with
> some amusement. At Barcaldine we found a bird list for a property
> near Aramac which had us wondering far into the night. Can anyone
> offer the REN for the following (locally) common names?
> hopping johnny
> coffee duck
> buln buln
> white headed water hen
> black magpie
> I've looked in 'Leach' (that dear little Australian Bird Book with
> the green leather cover) but have been unable to find them.
> The birdlist had other classics like Native Companion for Brolga and Robin
> Redbreast (presumably Red-capped Robin in Central Queensland though used
> for the Scarlet Robin in southern states), leatherhead, banana bird and
> one simply called 'honeyeater'. We encountered Singing, White-plumed and
> Spiny-cheeked around Barcaldine, so which one they authors of the list
> were refering to I have no idea. But I hope to go there and atlas it some
> Alex Appleman
> On Thu, 6 Aug 1998, Ian Clayton wrote:
> > Hi All
> > The best common name I have come across is
> > for the Magpie Lark. I first heard it called a
> > Piss Whopper by Alex Appleman after a trip
> > into Sth West Qld and again while I was working
> > at Lotus Bird Lodge a few weeks ago.
> > Regards
> > Ian Clayton
> > Townsville
> > North Qld.
> > Phone 07 47 216 489