White-winged Chough

To: "Ralph REID" <>
Subject: White-winged Chough
From: Hugo Phillipps <>
Date: Mon, 03 Apr 2000 21:32:51 +1000
Hi Ralph -

At 03:30  20/03/00 +1100, you wrote:
>Is it choff as in cough, chuff as in rough, chow as in bough or chew as in

You forgot 'chur' as in 'Ugh!' and 'chug' as in 'bug'.  Most people use the
'chuff' pronunciation, after the European species which is superficially
similar (although with a red beak and no white on the wings) but no close
relative.  Another example of the complete lack of imagination in naming
Australian birds as well of the inexplicable failure to use existing
Aboriginal names. 


Hugo Phillipps
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Birds Australia
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HAWTHORN EAST 3123, Australia
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