Pronouncing latin names of Parrots correctly

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Subject: Pronouncing latin names of Parrots correctly
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 2009 13:19:37 +1100

From: Helen Larson <>

And don't forget that scientific names are not all Latin - but they are always "Latinised". Many names are Greek-derived or taken from other languages. An example - just think of the generic name for the darter - Anhinga is a Brazilian Indian name for the bird.

And therefore, although it is often pronounced by English speakers as "an - hing - gah", in Brazilian Portuguese it'll be "ah - nyin - gah"! Though I note its Brazilian common name is 'biguatinga'. :-)

Lawrie Conole
Northcote 3070


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