Greek bird name question...

To: Philip Griffin <>,
Subject: Greek bird name question...
From: Paul Taylor <>
Date: Mon, 14 Jun 2004 11:17:55 +1000
Philip Griffin wrote:
Do any of you have Greek language connections?
In a song translation I've come across Petrohilidoni
which is literally stone-swallow.
So far, I've been unable to find the name in any
official Greek list of bird names.
I suspect it may refer to the House Martin but I'm
not sure...  any ideas?

The Greek birdlist (e.g. lists
Eurasian Crag-Martin (Hirundo rupestris), which sounds promising.
The Greek version (
gives the common name as "?????????????".

Using Babelfish to mangle this into English, "?????" translates as "rock",
and "????????" as "helj'dono".  That looks like a match to me.

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