Urban Bush Thickknees

To: "L&L Knight" <>, "Birding Aus" <>
Subject: Urban Bush Thickknees
From: "Greg & Val Clancy" <>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2008 19:18:16 +1000
Hi Laurie,

I think that learning about birds is hard enough for novices without them having to deal with a multitude of common names to confuse them. What old hands call a bird in the field is their business but in any communication it is most desirable to use accepted common names. After all that is why the list of 'official' common names has been produced.

For the record 'An Australian Bird Book' by Leach (1912) calls it 'Southern Stone-Curlew (-Plover)' and lists two additional common names ' Willaroo' and 'Scrub Curlew'.

My 1946 edition of Cayley's 'What Bird is That' calls it simply 'Stone-curlew' but lists the following common names 'Stone-plover, Curlew, Thick-knee, Scrub Curlew, and Willaroo'.

While I believe that one accepted common name should be used it is important to record all of the alternative common names for historical purposes.


Greg Clancy

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