Re: Bird names

Subject: Re: Bird names
Date: Wed, 16 Dec 2009 09:55:47 +1100
G'day everyone,

I have a question similar to the recent ones that have been going around about 
the proper names of birds. I have done a search on the archives for this 
subject, but I didn't find the information I was looking for, so I apologise if 
this issue has been done to death before.

Are migratory birds that are born in other countries such as China, Siberia, 
Alaska etc, referred to as being from their country of birth? eg: Sharp-tailed 
Sandpipers are born in Siberia, so are they referred to as being a Siberian 

And if so then, I've heard people refer to the Koels and Cuckoos that we get 
here as being an Asian bird, but should they be called an Australian bird 
because this is there country of birth?

Again, sorry if this is one of those chestnuts that crop up from time to time, 
but I am still relatively new to amateur birding and this information is new to 


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