Jabiru ust isn't ours to take

To: Birding-Aus Aus <>
Subject: Jabiru ust isn't ours to take
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2009 15:57:39 +1100
Dear All,

The name Jabiru was recorded as the name for the Central-South American stork in the mid 1600s and as the bird belongs to the genus Jabiru, I reckon it has prior claim to the name. The Australian stork in question was given the name Jabiru because it was mistaken for the American bird. Jabiru is not even an Australian Aboriginal name, it comes from the language of the Tupi people of coastal Brazil. Europeans stole their land, murdered them, enslaved them and nearly exterminated them. I don't think we should add further insult by misappropriating one of their bird names, just because some people here like the sound of it.

Common names for birds are in enough a mess as it is, without people wanting to retain wrong names just because they like the sound of them.


Carl Clifford

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