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Jul 21, 2015

Old names for some of today's north american birds

Photo by BarrytheBirder
Chipping Sparrow was called Hairbird
A couple of years ago I wrote a blog which gave old and obsolete names for some well-known North American birds.   The information was taken from a list produced by Richard C. Banks of the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Centre at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.   I thought it might be interesting to return to that list for some other common birds and the names they had early in the last century and the one before.

American Bittern         -    Dunk-a-doo
Green Heron                -    Fly Up The Creek or Shite-poke
American Bittern         -    Bog-pumper or Stake-driver
American Woodcock   -    Bogsucker
Cedar Waxwing            -    Cherry-bird
Philadelphia Vireo        -    Brotherly Love
Horned Grebe               -    Hell-diver
Black-necked Stilt        -    Lawyer
Least Sandpiper           -    Oxeye
Yellow-billed Cuckoo   -    Rain Crow
Bobolink                        -    Rice-bird
Anhinga                         -    Snakebird
Snow Bunting               -    Snowflake
Chuck-will's-widow      -    Twixt-hell-and-the-white-oak
Northern Flicker           -    Yellowhammer

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