Chank Daw or Cornish Kae

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Subject: Chank Daw or Cornish Kae
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2008 08:08:33 +1100

Well spotted, all.  I thought ‘chough bird’ was an ad hoc coining to help the viewer understand what they were talking about.  Thinking all the time, these scriptwriters.


Other recorded local names for the species are:  Chank, Chank Daw, Cliff Daw, Cornish Chough, Cornish Daw, Gesner’s Wood Crow, Hermit Crow, Killingcrew, Long-billed Chough, Market-Jew Crow, Red-legged Crow, Red-legged Jackdaw, Red-Shanks, Sea Crow.


For those completely in the dark, 730pm next Saturday ABCTV will see the threatened resumption of this particular chough-adorned episode of the inexplicably prime-time-consuming provincial medifarce.  Bring back Blackadder.


From: Wendy Whitham [
Sent: Monday, 10 March 2008 12:42 PM
To: Philip Veerman
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] The privatisation of the wetlands


Yes, I saw it.   I thought it was interesting that the characters referred to them as "chough birds", not just "choughs".  Maybe that's a Cornwall thing.


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