Bird tautology

To: Neil Cheshire <>, "" <>
Subject: Bird tautology
From: Tim Dolby <>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:02:27 +0000
I'm confused - Koala Bear - is that tautology? As in 'How much can a Koala 


From: Birding-Aus  on behalf of Neil 
Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 7:40 PM
Subject: Bird tautology

Has anyone else noticed the annoying trend of adding the word 'bird' or 'birds' 
to common bird names such as tern, cormorant etc. This evening's introduction 
to 'Wild Britain' mentions "nightjar birds" I have even seen it in a circular 
from the South Australian Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources which 
referred to "little tern birds". There appears to be cultural cringe/PC that 
does not want to offend or bewilder anyone who may be unaware that a tern, 
cormorant etc is in fact a bird!
End of rant

Neil Cheshire
Encounter Bay,
South Australia.
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