who calls Grallina cyanoleuca what...

To: "'Roger Giller'" <>, "'Cas Liber'" <>, "'birding-aus'" <>
Subject: who calls Grallina cyanoleuca what...
From: "Paul Doyle" <>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2011 18:12:31 +1000
I expect 'Peewit' was introduced from Europe (the name, not the bird).
That is a common vernacular name in Ireland and Britain for the Lapwing,
Vanellus vanellus, and derives from it's call.


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Roger Giller
Sent: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 4:25 PM
To: Cas Liber; 'birding-aus'
Subject: who calls Grallina cyanoleuca what...

In my younger, pre-birding, days in Sydney I knew them as Peewee ,but it was

always spelt Peewit . No idea why. When I moved to Melbourne for a few years

and got interested in birding I was surprised to find they were commonly 
known as Mudlarks.

I prefer the onomatopoeic "Peewee"


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