Old bird names

To: Terrill Nordstrom <>, "<>" <>
Subject: Old bird names
From: "calyptorhynchus ." <>
Date: Tue, 28 Apr 2020 08:25:14 +1000
Hi Terrill

Here are some definite answers from MacDonald's Dictionary of Australian Bird Names

Blue-billed Swallow = Dusky Woodswallow
Ant Thrush = Noisy Pitta
Blue Parrot = Rainbow Lorikeet (MacDonald has Blue Mountain Parakeet = Rainbow Lorikeet)

Here are some guesses

White-fronted Flycatcher ? White-fronted Chat
Black-throated Flycatcher ? Black-faced Monarch
Fantailed Flycatcher ? Grey Fantail or Brown Gerygone
Yellow Grass Parrot ? Ground Parrot
Ground Hen ? Lewin's Rail
Green-beaked Paroquet ? King Parrot

You could match her list with an Illawarra list and she which ones she's missing and try to match them with the odd names (she won't have recent arrivals like Galah or Crested Pigeon).


John Leonard

On Mon, 27 Apr 2020 at 23:52, Terrill Nordstrom <> wrote:
In my isolation confinement I have been doing some research on Margaret Menzies who lived in the Jamberoo region of N.S.W. from 1839 till 1860. She was a lover of birds and recorded the birds in the area. Unfortunately her journal has been lost and all that has survived is a two page list. This list has only old common names of birds and a number of these names I am having trouble in identifying. I am hoping that someone out in the birding world may have some Idea on which birds she was referring to. The bird names are listed as;
Swallows, Blue billed or spotted Swallow
Thrushes, Ant or short billed crow, Blue
Flycatchers, White fronted, Black throated, Fantailed
Slander billed Honeyeater
Parrots, Blue, buff and yellow grass, Crimson fronted paroquet, Green beaked paroquet.
Pigeons, Emerald amaranth (she had listed green dove also) she also listed ground hen (she also had lyrebird and brush turkey so I am not sure what a ground hen is. All of the birds were recorded in the Illawarra region. Thanks and good luck in working them out.  Regards Terrill
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