Vernacular names

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Subject: Vernacular names
From: "Bob Forsyth" <>
Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2002 11:35:48 +1000
g'day all,
To divert away from Syd and Tony's thread but to continue on from John Leonard's note re origin of the name Jabiru ..
Another interesting name is the EMU.
It is not an Australian name but comes from Arabia.
It may be summarised as a corruption of the word "Na-amah" pronounced "na ema" for the Ostrich
My source is J.D.McDonald's well researched paper in Qld Ornithological Societies (now Birds Qld)  "The Sunbird", Vol 16, No. 3, Sept 1986, pages 68 - 72. An abbreviated version is included in his "Illustrated Dictionary of Australian Birds by Common Name"
If anyone is interested I could OCR copy the paper into a Word document and email it to anyone interested.
Regards, Bob Forsyth, Mount Isa, NW Qld.
ps I prefer and use Jabiru to B-n S
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