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Subject: Baldcoots
From: "alan morris" <>
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2005 14:49:30 +1000
Hi Birders,

It worries me that I am so old that I can remember when rice and other farmers called the Purple Swamp-hen, "Bald Coots". Indeed NPWS would issue licenses to shoot them for crop protection and they were always referred to by the farmers as "Bald Coots". I have JD.McDonald (1987) "The Illustrated Dictorionary of Australian Birds by Common Name" on my side. See pp 22 viz

"Bald Coot (See Swamphen). Popular name commonly used, source not known; from bald appearance due to bare frontal shield extending to crown".

No further arguement!

Alan Morris
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