Re: Raptors called Chicken Hawk etc.

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Subject: Re: Raptors called Chicken Hawk etc.
From: "Tim Dolby" <>
Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2000 16:52:24 +1000
What do you get when you cross a chicken with a Hawk?

A quayle.

It's american, but still funny, although perhaps not as funny as the phrase - 
I'm a chicken hawk huntin' fo a chicken...

Sorry in advance.


Tim Dolby
RMIT Publishing - RMIT University
(03) 9925 1662

>>> "Robert Inglis" <> 06/16/00 12:04AM >>>
Hello Birdos,

On Mon Jun 12 2000 - 15:00:02 EST
Rachelle Levingston asked the question:

"Dear all,
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?
Rachelle "

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 
species, e.g.:

Chicken Hawk:
Australian Goshawk (now Brown Goshawk)
Collared Sparrowhawk
Brown Falcon

Fish Hawk:
White-breasted Sea-Eagle (White-bellied Fish-hawk)

Duck Hawk:
Peregrine Falcon (I have actually seen a Peregrine Falcon attack and kill a 
Maned Duck in mid-air!)
Little Falcon

Sparrow Hawk:
Nankeen Kestrel (also Mosquito Hawk)

Pigeon Hawk:
Peregrine Falcon

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 guides.

Bob Inglis
Woody point SEQld,
27 deg 15min 18 sec S; 153 deg 5 min 38 sec E
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