Chank Daw or Cornish Kae

To: John Leonard <>, canberrabirds <>
Subject: Chank Daw or Cornish Kae
From: Geoff Bowen <>
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2008 23:42:20 +0000

Small correction: the Cornish Choughs returned of their own volition they weren't re-introduced. They originated from Brittany in NW France.



John Leonard wrote:
I think the point is that Choughs, whilst they hung on in Wales and
Ireland, became extinct in Cornwall in the C19, despite being of local
cultural significance (being on the coat of arms of the Duchy of
Cormwall &c). In the last few years they have been re-introduced to
Cornwall, so I suppose these twitchers were heading off to add them to
their Cornish list.

John Leonard

On 11/03/2008, Geoffrey Dabb m("","gdabb");"><> wrote:

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

From: Wendy Whitham [m("","wendysw");">]
Sent: Monday, 10 March 2008 12:42 PM
To: Philip Veerman
Cc: m("","canberrabirds");">
Subject: 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

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