Re: birding-aus Jacky Winter

Subject: Re: birding-aus Jacky Winter
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Wed, 05 Jan 2000 14:55:27 +1100
Sean Pywell wrote:

> Does anyone know the etymology of Jack Winter? Is it named after Mr Jacky
> Winter? Or is the 'Jacky' part named after someone and the 'Winter' some
> reference to season? Or is it some 19th century colloquialism? And thus, if
> one was so silly as to only use capitals for the common names of birds,
> except where those common names comprised otherwise capitalised words, does
> one capitalise Jacky, Winter, both or neither?

Peter Woodall seems to have settled the eytmological question fairly well.  As
for the capitalisation question, I think the current taxonomic authority and
style guide is the RAOU checklist by Christidis & Boles, where it appears as
Jacky Winter.  Easy.

On a vaguely related matter, this Spring-Summer seems to have been a bumper one
for Jacky Winters in Victoria.  At my study sites along the mid Murray River at
Barmah Forest and Gunbower Island, Jacky Winters seem to have been breeding
non-stop from late August to early December (when I was last there).  Some
pairs sitting on eggs in December were still being pestered by immatures from
one or two previous clutches.  We found birds on eggs with immatures hanging
about in the Sunset Country (NW Victoria, Mallee Region) over the New Year as

... and just to round out the Jacky Winter discussion.  My partner Fiona having
seen Jacky Winters for the first time recently, asked "What is their
distinguishing feature?", and then looking further answered her own question
"They don't have any do they!  It's the bird that looks completely drab.".  She
later added that they are rather cute despite being a bit on the bland side.


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