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Ibi around Blacktown
Andrew Hobbs <>
Wed, 04 Jul 2007 09:02:58 +0800
Ibis came via Latin from Greek, (originally Egyption hby).
If it had its roots in Latin the plural of Ibis would be Ibes. However
as a Greek word I would think that it should be more like Ibides. Just
as the plural for platypus really should be platypodes.
Other than that the commonly accepted English plurals are Ibis or
possible Ibises. But not Ibi.
Evan Beaver wrote:
Saw an amazing number of Ibi (surely the plural of Ibis) this morning
over Blacktown, NSW. Both Straw-Necked and Dirty-White (or if you
prefer the common name, Australian Bin-Bird) flying in formation in
huge flocks, about 20-30 strong, in wave after wave. I've never seen
anything like it in Australia, it felt positively Northern American,
birds travelling south for the winter, though in this case it was
travelling south in the middle of winter. I suspect though it was
nothing so romantic, more likely the flocks were moving from their
roosts to the massive tip in Blacktown.
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