Zoroark Posted February 22 Share Posted February 22 (edited) "Seagull" doesn't bother me because it's about as useful as the word "gull" when referring to the family. I do drop the first word if there's only one species that something can be, like "robin," "junco," or "grackle," but if I'm out east I always use the full name for crows due to the similar Fish Crow. I use "butterbutt" a lot around family and friends, while I use "yellow-rump" around birders and "Yellow-rumped Warbler" around others. @aveschapinas Even in English, I commonly drop the last word from names if just the prefix is unambiguous: "Great Blue" Heron, "Orange-crown"ed Warbler, "White-crown"ed Sparrow. On the other hand, I've overheard someone asking if something is a "lesser" and been confused because we have Lesser Yellowlegs, Lesser Scaups, Lesser Goldfinches, and Lesser Nighthawks. You might be a birder if you use different names for the same bird depending on your location and audience. Edited February 22 by Zoroark 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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