pettichaps etc

To: 'Kevin Windle' <>, 'canberrabirds' <>
Subject: pettichaps etc
From: Suzanne EDGAR <>
Date: Thu, 9 Feb 2017 02:46:10 +0000

Thanks so much Kevin; and other chaps; I shall fold that into my special edition, now lent to Chris D.


The info is in the  glossaries in my 2 paperback editions but I was not using them in this instance; had I not been a bit flustered I should have dived into them straight away, they were beside me!


Bate, Selected (Faber) gives bumbarrel as long-tailed tit; & pettichap as willow warbler.

Geoffrey Summerfield, Selected (Penguin) is the same for bumbarrel; but for pettichap gives chiffchaff.


Possibly other regional differences exist.



From: Kevin Windle [
Sent: Wednesday, 8 February 2017 10:10 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] pettichaps


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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