Bob and Leonie bought each
of their children, Sean and Priscilla, an alphabetical wall chart.
Priscilla knew about a third of the birds on it. However, Sean cut off
the letters and tried to attach them to different birds. “He’s
a funny kid”, said his father, “I think he might become one of
those, you know, tax .., tax ... What do they call them?” “Tax
accountants, dear?”, said Leonie. “No”, said Bob, “taxonomists.
That’s what I mean”.
Leonie was very pleased
with Priscilla’s effort. “That’s a nice result for a
girl”, she said. “If she was a real smarty-pants
no-one would want to marry her”.
Can you help Sean and Priscilla?
You need to get the name that connects the letter to the bird. It might
be a noun or adjective, and it might be an obsolete, colloquial or
even a scientific name. In some cases the name is from the label on
the source picture. Two points for each correct name, and one for a good try
eg another name different from the one I have written down. That
rule is reminiscent of the time John Lennard was on the Einstein Factor with ‘birds’
as his subject and got correct answers that weren’t the required ones. Tough
but there do have to be rules.
I’ll have to send the
pictures in instalments, but before having a go you might want to
wait for them all. Here’s A-F. Hint: be careful with