What is a baby pelican called?

To: "'Carl Clifford'" <>, "'Trevor Hampel'" <>
Subject: What is a baby pelican called?
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2010 11:46:03 +1100
Thanks for that comment, Carl. 

Please no one start a trend for separate names for all the chicks of all
the bird groups. We have enough troubles settling names for species of
birds, e.g. Koel and monstrosity group names like Cuckoo-shrike (when we
could use "Cush" instead as a group name - because they aren't cuckoos
or shrikes but Cush would retain some sense of etymology and still be

Let alone the idea of collective nouns for birds and all sorts of other

We are exotic enough with our monotremes: "puggle" for a baby platypus
or echidna.


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 On Behalf Of Carl Clifford
Sent: Thursday, 11 November 2010 10:01 AM  To: Trevor Hampel  Cc:
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I think you will find that the only name you could call is a chick.  
Looks like no one got around to giving names to young pelicans.


Carl Clifford
On 10/11/2010, at 10:09 PM, Trevor Hampel wrote:

Hi there birders,
I hope someone can help me with this.

This morning I was the guest speaker on Australian Birds at our local  
Ladies Probus Club.

One of the ladies asked me "What is a baby pelican called?"

I had to admit that I didn't know if there was a special name, other  
than chick or nestling. A search of the internet has not thrown any  
light on this either, except I found two references to "toddlers" on  
less than authoritative sites.

Any ideas?



Trevor Hampel,
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Murray Bridge,
South Australia 5253


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