nankeen or rufous?

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Subject: nankeen or rufous?
From: L&L Knight <>
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2007 23:08:11 +1000
How much of the Rufous Whistler is rufous? Nankeen is an obscure term named after "yellow or buff fabric, made originally from a natural coloured Chinese cotton" according to the Mac dictionary. The MD also defines the Nankeen Night Heron as "a small chestnut-brown, nocturnal heron". Fascinating that it picked up on the rufous colour rather than the "nankeen" underparts.

On Friday, April 6, 2007, at 10:41  PM, Tom and Mandy Wilson wrote:

Laurie Knight wrote "As for the night heron, I would think that rufous is more descriptive than nankeen"....but perhaps "nankeen" refers to the birds' under parts ("whitish washed buff" per Pizzey) rather than their upper parts? They're not rufous all over are they?
Tom Wilson ===============================


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