One arm point and beyond(dampier peninsula, near Broome

To: "'Greg & Val Clancy'" <>, "'Gary Wright'" <>, "'birding aus'" <>
Subject: One arm point and beyond(dampier peninsula, near Broome
From: "Tony Russell" <>
Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2009 12:00:58 +1030
Well I like Jabiru, so there.

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Greg & Val
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2009 10:48 AM
To: Gary Wright; birding aus
Subject: One arm point and beyond(dampier
peninsula,near Broome

Hi Gary,

I read you post with interest and noted that you hate using the name 
'Black-necked Stork'.  The neck is actually black, with a blue-green
and although probably not the most appropriate name for the species it
been in use in Asia and Australia since at least the late 1880's.  The
books that I used when starting out birding many years back all called
"Jabiru' and that is what I knew it as for many years.  Having recently 
completed my PhD studies on the species I am now a strong advocate for
calling it "Jabiru'.  The reasons for this are: it is not a Jabiru - a 
Jabiru is a South American stork species which has only a few
to our elegant bird; 'Jabiru' is a Tupi-Guarani name for the species
means 'swollen neck', referring to its habit of inflating its bald neck 
pouch, very different to our slender necked species; the south American
has precedence over the name which is also its generic name.

When I hear or read the name 'Back-necked Stork' I visualise the
elegant bird that it is I don't lament the loss of a totally
name for Australia's only stork species.  However if 'Black-necked
Stork' is 
too much to bear you will be happy to know that when the New Guinea and 
Australian populations of this species are separated out from the Asian 
populations, which is likely in the future, the name 'Satin Stork' will,

hopefully, be applied to our birds.  This name received support from the

Birds Australia Common Names Committee but it will only be with
acceptance that it will become 'set in stone.'  So far I have received a

large amount of support for the name.  I hope you will also support it.

Greg Clancy
Coutts Crossing

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