alternative names (humorous)

To: Vicki PS <>
Subject: alternative names (humorous)
From: Brian Fleming <>
Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2000 12:43:30 +1100
Vicki PS wrote:
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Atriplex <>
> >I've got a few but they're not as funny as Lorne's. I used to use
> them
> >until I learned the official names.
> >1. Southern Whiteface - Bandit Bird (look at the mask over its eyes)
> >2. Pied Butcherbird - Beethoven Bird (to hear is to understand)
> >3. Willy Wagtail - Squeaky Hinge Bird (as above, especially outside
> >one's window in the middle of night in the breeding season)
> My brother and I, by common consent, refer to the Channel-billed
> cuckoo as
> the "bellowing bastard bird".
> Vicki PS
In my early birding days, I had a lot of trouble with what turned out to
be ReedWarblers. 1, they were seldom and briefly visible; 2, all they
said was 'Chak!' and 3, they were there all winter. I called them the
Maddening Reed Bird.  They were much easier in spring.  These days of
course I know perfectly well that they are the Glamorous Reed Warbler
<g> and I wish they still lived in our local park.
  Anthea Fleming

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