Jump to content
Whatbird Community

What bird name would like to change?


Recommended Posts

23 minutes ago, Tanager 101 said:

I also call Common Gallinule Common Moorhen

Same here, although I would say American rather than Common to specify it from Eurasian and Dusky. They're already called Moorhens, so why not American Moorhen too?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

21 minutes ago, NorthernKeys said:

Same here, although I would say American rather than Common to specify it from Eurasian and Dusky. They're already called Moorhens, so why not American Moorhen too?

 

No,_No._He's_Got_a_Point.jpg

  • Like 2
  • Haha 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

2 hours ago, meghann said:

This has been driving me nuts. I have been googling and googling trying to figure out where this would come from, and haven't found anything.

I think it’s because its plumage, specifically the spotting, looks like a toasted marshmallow

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

3 hours ago, meghann said:

PBSP, or peanut butter sparrow 😋

That goes along with the Peanut Butter Grebe.

Definitely in agreement with the Ring-necked Duck. I've noted down "Ring-billed Duck" by accident, possibly due to seeing the Ring-billed Gull on the same outing. Honorifics should probably go, as well.

A more controversial opinion would be renaming entire families that are unrelated, such as how the New World blackbirds, robins, and orioles have no relation to their respective Old World brethren.

Edited by Zoroark
  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

2 minutes ago, Zoroark said:

A more controversial opinion would be renaming entire families that are unrelated, such as how the New World blackbirds, robins, and orioles have no relation to their respective Old World brethren.

Oh no, I'm on board with this. While we're at it, let's rename robin to Orange-breasted Thrush.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 4/7/2022 at 8:37 PM, meghann said:

@Liam is probably the one with the most authority on the forum to get this one changed. Lol. (How's that thesis coming, Liam? Why are you reading this? Get back to work!)

Yes, ma'am!!

FYI, the historic name for Bachman's Sparrow was Pinewoods Sparrow. I do advocate for the name change, even though that has some pretty severe implications for my manuscript! 😛

  • Like 5
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 3 weeks later...

I'm for some alignment on the Greater/Great and Lesser/Least naming.

We have Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs/Scaup, but Great/Lesser Black-backed Gulls/Roadrunner.  Then there is the Least Sandpiper, but no Great/Greater Sandpiper.   

  • Like 4
Link to comment
Share on other sites

3 hours ago, chipperatl said:

We have Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs/Scaup, but Great/Lesser Black-backed Gulls/Roadrunner.  Then there is the Least Sandpiper, but no Great/Greater Sandpiper.   

How about the Great Blue Heron and Little Blue Heron?

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 1 month later...

Red-bellied Woodpeckers seldom show their red belly but I'm drawing a blank for a better name. I guess a number system is out of the question?  Red-white and Black Woodpecker #1, Red-white and Black Woodpecker #2, Red-white and Black Woodpecker #3,..... Red-white and Black Woodpecker #11, .Red-white and Black Woodpecker #12, etc., is probably not an option, eh?

  • Haha 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, lonestranger said:

Red-bellied Woodpeckers seldom show their red belly but I'm drawing a blank for a better name. I guess a number system is out of the question?  Red-white and Black Woodpecker #1, Red-white and Black Woodpecker #2, Red-white and Black Woodpecker #3,..... Red-white and Black Woodpecker #11, .Red-white and Black Woodpecker #12, etc., is probably not an option, eh?

Red-crowned.  Red-naped.  Eastern Ladder-backed.

Are any of those taken?  

Edited by Charlie Spencer
Link to comment
Share on other sites

6 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Red-crowned.  Red-naped.  Eastern Ladder-backed.

Are any of those taken?  

I thought of those but thought they'd be a bit ambiguous since many woodpeckers have a red crown and/or a red nape and many have a ladder-backed pattern of sorts. 

 

1 hour ago, IKLland said:

Maybe Northern Red-crowned Woodpecker since they sure look the same.

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I will add that I think Red-bellied is a better name than naming it after a person. Like how Franklin’s Gull might be better named as “Pink-bellied Gull”. The pink isn’t always there, but it is sometimes. 

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I remember being more upset than necessary when they changed Gray Jay to Canada Jay. Why did they do that?! Gray Jay was a perfectly accurate name and they live in places other than Canada! Are there even any other jay species that are so grayscale?

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

9 minutes ago, Colton V said:

I remember being more upset than necessary when they changed Gray Jay to Canada Jay. Why did they do that?! Gray Jay was a perfectly accurate name and they live in places other than Canada! Are there even any other jay species that are so grayscale?

https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/2-16 OB V35%231 Ap 2017.pdf

https://corvidresearch.blog/2019/02/25/the-bird-of-many-names/

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, DLecy said:

So if I’m understanding this correctly, the name was switched back to Canada Jay simply because that was its original name and they wanted it to be more patriotic for Canada? I still feel like Gray Jay is more appropriate. And I agree with the second article—if we’re worried about what it was called originally, we should be calling it Wisakedjak!

Why does Canada have so many birds named after it anyways? (I know it’s only 3, but that’s 3 more than the USA) And the state of California, too (7!?). It doesn’t make sense to me to name a bird after a location if the bird is found elsewhere besides that location. Though I do recognize that a good amount of California-named birds are found only in Cali/Baja California…

Doesn’t really matter to me though, I still go with whatever the AOS decides. Sometimes I just like to get riled up over arbitrary little issues, just for fun. 

  • Haha 7
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...