Re 'Jabiru'

To: Chris Ross <>, "" <>
Subject: Re 'Jabiru'
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2009 09:21:46 +1100
I guess they added "Australian" to Magpie to make it unique.  I.e it might be 
wrong, but at least it's unique.  That's a good example of a name that probably 
couldn't be changed, even the most pedantic among us would most likely ignore a 
new name for it.

We could always go with Australian Jabiru, or Australian Black-necked Stork.  
If that's too much of a mouthful then we could just change the name of the 
country to Straya - two less syllables, and that's how a lot of us pronounce it 
anyway.  Stray'n Jabiru, what do you think?

Peter Shute

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Chris Ross
Sent: Friday, 20 November 2009 8:40 AM
Subject: Re 'Jabiru'

So what about Magpie?,  officially Australian magpie, but shortened in Aussie 
fashion to Magpie, there's plenty of other birds around the place called Magpie.

Chris Ross

Sorry Tony, it's not. We were beaten to the punch by hundreds of years.
People were calling a bird in S. America "Jabiru" hundreds if not thousands of 
years before we European blow-ins arrived in Australia and it was picked up by 
Europeans in S America when Australia was a blank on the map. I prefer Jabiru 
myself, but I accept the fact that someone got there first, and no amount of 
tanties and holding your breath till you go blue in the face will change it. 
Someone made a stuff up with the name yonks ago, and I don't see why it should 
be perpetuated.


Carl Clifford

On 19/11/2009, at 10:59 PM, Tony Russell wrote:

It's a JABIRU !

-----Original Message-----
<> On Behalf Of Pat OMalley
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2009 3:55 PM
To:  <>
Subject: Re 'Jabiru'

Before folk get too patriotic, it's worth remembering that the Black Necked 
Stork is found pretty much across southern Asia. It may be a bit presumptuous 
to assume we have naming rights!




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