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Subject: pettichaps
From: Kevin Windle <>
Date: Wed, 8 Feb 2017 11:10:11 +0000

Those who heard Suzanne's very interesting talk this evening about John Clare's bird poetry may like to know that 'pettichaps' or 'pettychaps' in Lancs & Northants = Garden warbler (Sylvia borin). The name was first recorded in 1674 and was still current in the early 20th century. At one time 'lesser pettichaps' was applied to the Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita).

'Bum-barrel' = Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus). The name refers to the distinctive nest.

Source: W. B. Lockwood, The Oxford Dictionary of British Bird Names, OUP 1993.


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