Whats in a name

To: Greg <>, michael hunter <>, Birding-aus <>
Subject: Whats in a name
From: Denise Goodfellow <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 15:50:10 +0930
Most of my American birding clients call the bird Jabiru.  Years ago I
recommended Djagana (Kunwinjku), or Australasian Jabiru.  So Greg, how about
the former?  At least my Indigenous relatives in the Top End will feel
they're at long last getting some sort of recognition!
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On 26/7/07 3:01 PM, "Greg" <> wrote:

> As I am presently putting the finishing touches to my PhD thesis on the
> Black-necked Stork I had been avoiding the temptation to enter the naming
> debate but as the stork's name has been raised (AGAIN!!) I feel I must
> reply.
> Michael you are able to call the Black-necked Stork "Jabiru' or even
> 'Policemanbird' if you like but please, when communicating with others,
> particularly those learning the 'accepted common names', don't create more
> confusion than is already the case.
> The people who imposed 'Black-necked Stork' on us are no longer with us so
> it is no point blaming current 'authorities'.  The name 'Black-necked Stork'
> has been applied to the species in India since at least 1890 (Hume 1890) and
> in Australia at least 1900 (Campbell 1900).
> I agree that the name is not popular but to call our bird 'Jabiru' is akin
> to calling our Emu an 'Ostrich'.  Because Black-necked Stork is an unwieldy
> word with little colour I recommended that our birds (Australia and New
> Guinea) be called the 'Satin Stork' when the species is finally split from
> the Asian birds and this name has been accepted by Bird Australia.  It won't
> be
> happening in the upcoming Christidis and Boles as more genetic work is
> required but initial results indicate that there are two species.
> Without wanting to be rude (to the Jabiru) it is not that similar to our
> stork and is certainly not as beautiful.  Our birds are closer to the
> Saddlebill Stork of South Africa so maybe we should call our birds
> 'Australian Saddlebills' - no, just joking!!!
> Greg Clancy

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