On 11/19/09, Alistair McKeough <> wrote:
> Aplogies Carl - I over-reacted. I just found the implication that
> using a bird's name followed on from a path of murder and cultural
> destruction in the same vein a bit offensive - On reflection I see you
> didn't mean it that way.
> On 11/19/09, Carl Clifford <> wrote:
>> You are? Ah well, if you choose to interpret it that way. I would be
>> interested to hear from any other members if they think I have mounted
>> a personal attack on you in particular or anyone else in general.
>> Carl Clifford
>> On 19/11/2009, at 4:36 PM, Alistair McKeough wrote:
>> Yay, you like the name and you're equated to a genocidal monster.
>> 2009/11/19 Carl Clifford <>
>> 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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