Thursday, November 24, 2016

Re-naming our birds: Waterfowl



Some of our bird names suck. So I've taken the liberty of creating my own Personal Ornithological Society and will begin the long-overdue task of renaming these birds. To begin: Waterfowl...



Greater White-fronted Goose = Prairie Goose

Ross's Goose = Snowflake Goose

Brant = Sea Goose

Cackling Goose = Viceroy Goose

Mute Swan = Grunt Swan

Gadwall = Plain Duck

American Black Duck = Eastern Black Duck

Mallard = Common Duck

Blue-winged Teal = Pleasant Teal

Green-winged Teal = Tiny Teal

Common Eider = Great Eider

Surf Scoter = Showy Scoter

Long-tailed Duck = Arctic Duck

Common Merganser = Great Merganser




I highly encourage all birders to create their own POS List! Then let me know (or comment) what changes you'll be making to Waterfowl...

More to come...





2 comments:

  1. While in Cambridge Bay Nunuvut I drove a certain person nuts with all my local names for many birds. such as:
    Panic Goose aka Greater White Fronted Goose
    Tundra Mallard aka King Eider
    Donkey Bird aka Stilt Sandpiper
    Oldsquaw/ Kakawee aka Long-tailed Duck
    tundra house finch aka semipalmated Sandpiper

    Down here I like to use Mud Duck for Green-winged Teal
    and sometimes All Scoters as Auk ducks /Alcid Ducks
    Great Egret aka piggies (They sound like a whole barn of pigs at their colonies)

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