What is in a name?

To: "Trevor Hampel" <>, "Birding-Aus" <>
Subject: What is in a name?
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 16:05:16 +1000
Hobby is for the European Hobby, which our species resembles and several other 
small falcons. "Little Falcon" is not terribly helpful as there are several 
small falcons. Hobby is a term from falconry, where traditionally it was a 
lady's bird. A hobby as in that it is small, maybe considered elegant and 
attractive but it does not catch large and useful prey, as distinct from 
goshawks, peregrines, eagles, etc. Hence for fun or frivolity, a hobby, rather 
than serious sport or culinary hunting.


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