Whats in a name

To: "Denise Goodfellow" <>, "michael hunter" <>, "Birding-aus" <>
Subject: Whats in a name
From: "Greg" <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 16:55:22 +1000
Hi Denise,

It would be wonderful to have an appropriate indigenous name that could be applied throughout Australia and New Guinea but as you would know very well what is appropriate in one area is definitely not in another. I fear that it would create more problems than it would solve. A complete list of the various indigenous names would be of interest as I am sure the local people still use 'their' name and not Black-necked Stork. However scientists, serious birdwatchers and communicators should use the accepted common names to avoid confusion. It is a generational issue. Our grandchildren will respond with 'a South American stork' when asked what is a Jabiru?

If anyone can provide me with indigenous names for the Black-necked (Satin) Stork from various parts of Australia I would appreciate it very much. I have noted the Kunwinjku name and note that Eric Dorfman (2002) stated that 'Barri-enna' is the New South Wales name and 'Kunji' is used in East Arnhem Land.

Greg Clancy

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