On Mon Jun 12 2000 - 15:00:02 EST
Rachelle Levingston asked the question:
When someone talks about a "Chicken-hawke" which bird
exactly are they
refering to or is it a name for any large Raptor they see
over head? If the
latter one which raptors prey on chickens?
A bit of research into this shows why it is a good idea to have standard
common names for our birds.
Pizzey in the 1980 version of his field guide listed common names for many
Australian Goshawk (now Brown Goshawk)
White-breasted Sea-Eagle (White-bellied Fish-hawk)
Peregrine Falcon (I have actually seen a Peregrine Falcon attack and kill a
Maned Duck in mid-air!)
Nankeen Kestrel (also Mosquito Hawk)
Some of these names obviously refer to the bird's prey while others
possibly refer to the birds appearance (e.g., size).
It is always interesting trying to work out what bird the 'old-timers' are
talking about :-) .
And it is worthwhile hanging on to those old 'out-dated' field