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
On Behalf Of Carl Clifford
Sent: Thursday, 11 November 2010 10:01 AM To: Trevor Hampel Cc:
Birding-Aus Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] RFI What is a baby pelican
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.
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.
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