Hyphens and "wrens"

Subject: Hyphens and "wrens"
From: Merrilyn Serong <>
Date: Tue, 01 Dec 2009 12:24:02 +1100
This is an interesting site.
After reading it, I think I was more confused than before!

I wondered the other day why Red Wattlebird doesn't have a hyphen???
Its only the wattle that is red, not the bird. Should it be Red-wattled bird, or Red-wattled Wattledbird. ; )

Peter Shute <> Sent by:
01/12/2009 11:12 AM

Tony Russell <>, "'Birding-aus (E-mail)'" <>

RE: [Birding-Aus] Hyphens and "wrens"

Thanks, Tony. I knew someone would know.
-----Original Message-----
From: Tony Russell Sent: Tuesday, 1 December 2009 10:42 AM
To: Peter Shute; 'Birding-aus (E-mail)'
Subject: RE: [Birding-Aus] Hyphens and "wrens"

No no no Peter, they ran out of hyphens.
-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Peter Shute
Sent: Tuesday, December 01, 2009 10:05 AM
To: Birding-aus (E-mail)
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Hyphens and "wrens"

I never realised there's a hyphen in "fairy-wren", and "emu-wren" too, till I saw the responses to my recent posting in the never ending Jabiru discussion. They don't put a hyphen in grasswren, fernwren, heathwren or scrubwren, and I just assumed none of them had one.

Does anyone know the reasons for this? Surely it's not just the result of some random decisions.



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