|Subject:||spangled drongo again and galahs|
|From:||"Philip Veerman" <>|
|Date:||Tue, 5 Jan 2010 15:08:09 +1100|
About Martin's stories. Sounds good but not just galahs do this crazy rain bathing thing, cockatoos and corellas do that too.
One could also ask the question about the name of booby.
-----Original Message-----Margaret also asked about "galah".
From: martin butterfield [
Sent: Tuesday, 5 January 2010 10:11 AM
To: David McDonald
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] spangles drongo again
As an example of a (inadvertant) perjorative use of the bird's name, many years ago - I think early 70s- an eminent ornithologist visiting from the US was asked, by a journalist on arrival in Sydney, what he was going to do in Australia. His response was "Study the galahs in Canberra.". He wondered why people fell about laughing.
Some years later after I had moved to Canberra I observed a bunch of galahs reacting to rain (what is that? I hear you ask) by swinging upside down off power lines and screeching furiously. To try to understand why they did this I tried to track down the research project by the visiting US expert but failed. When I asked another member of COG why they did this the response was "That is typical of their behaviour. It explains why idiots are called galahs."
On Tue, Jan 5, 2010 at 9:43 AM, David McDonald <> wrote:
|<Prev in Thread]||Current Thread||[Next in Thread>|
|Previous by Date:||Access to Cheetham salt fields in SA, martin butterfield|
|Next by Date:||Views all Canberrans will recognise #33, Geoffrey Dabb|
|Previous by Thread:||spangles drongo again, martin butterfield|
|Next by Thread:||spangles drongo again, David Rosalky|
|Indexes:||[Date] [Thread] [Top] [All Lists]|
The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the Canberra Ornithologists Group mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the list contact David McDonald, list manager, phone (02) 6231 8904 or email . If you can not contact David McDonald e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: email@example.com.EDU.AU