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Subject: names
From: Penny Brockman <>
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2017 04:32:54 +0000
I like Djagara - presumably promounced Dja-ga-ra with a nice pitch on 
the Dja. Suits the bird.

On 23/01/17 5:26 PM, michael hunter wrote:
>     Once again a few academics, mostly not Australian, if not Un-Australian, 
> are foisting otherworldly names onto us Aussie birders.
>    Common names , NOT ENGLISH names, for Australian birds are names commonly 
> used by about 99% of Australian birdwatchers for our birds. It is appalling 
> that colourless English names like Black-necked Stork have been inflicted on 
> us by a few pseudo-academics who are presumably incapable of memorising 
> Scientific names.  Jabiru may be the common name of a South American Stork, 
> but changing the official “common” name for any birdwatcher witless enough to 
> confuse the two in the field was an amazing arrogance. One justification was 
> that people reading birdguides will be confused in not justified.
>     These people are meddling with our Australian common names, which are , 
> or were, spontaneous non-scientific vernacular.
>     Among many examples, “Jabiru” and “Torres Straits Pigeon” had romantic 
> (in the broad sense folks) connotations lost in the bland generics we are 
> told to use instead. As a youth my first sighting of the legendary Jabiru was 
> very exciting, and stimulated a life-long interest in Birding.  Seeing a 
> Black-necked Stork would not have.
>    “Willy Fantail”   They must be joking.
>           Resist.
>                  Michael
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