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: Mick Roderick <>
Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2009 21:41:11 -0800 (PST)
Hi Greg,

So does this mean your Twitchathon team name will change to the "Satin 

I kinda like that. Sounds like you're looking for Bowerbirds or Flycatchers...


From: Greg & Val Clancy <>
To: Gary Wright <>; birding aus 
Sent: Thu, 19 November, 2009 11:18:01 AM
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] One arm point and beyond(dampier peninsula, near 

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 sheen, and 
although probably not the most appropriate name for the species it has been in 
use in Asia and Australia since at least the late 1880's.  The bird books that 
I used when starting out birding many years back all called it "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 not 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 similarities to our elegant bird; 'Jabiru' 
is a Tupi-Guarani name for the species which means 'swollen neck', referring to 
its habit of inflating its bald neck pouch, very different to our slender 
necked species; the south American bird has precedence over the name which is 
also its generic name.

When I hear or read the name 'Back-necked Stork' I visualise the beautiful, 
elegant bird that it is I don't lament the loss of a totally inappropriate 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 widespread 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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