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Old Friday 6th October 2006, 09:18   #1
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Worlds Funniest Bird Name?

Was chatting to a mate in the pub last night and we were trying to come up with the worlds funniest bird name. The best we could do (with our sense of hunour) was Rough Faced Shag.

Are there any better out there?
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Old Friday 6th October 2006, 10:28   #2
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I've always found Steamerduck rather amusing, don't ask me why.
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Old Friday 6th October 2006, 10:29   #3
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I've always found Steamerduck rather amusing, don't ask me why.
whip-poor-will is pretty stupid
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Old Friday 6th October 2006, 10:37   #4
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cockoftherock, red faced booby, chuckwillswidow, any type of shag.

wrentit - how do you have a cross between a tit and a wren? there soooo different

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I've always had a soft spot for Oleaginous Hemispingus.
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Old Friday 6th October 2006, 11:25   #6
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And Zitting Cisticola is moderately silly...
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I've always had a soft spot for Oleaginous Hemispingus.
I was looking at that one yesterday (in the comfort of my armchair rather than out in the field) and thought it was a great name. Guttulated Foliage-gleaner is another good one.

Another favourite is Spangled Drongo. Say it with a good strong Australian accent and it makes a great insult.

Stuart, I seem to remember you also had a particular affection for the Wongai Ningaui and the Ningbing False Antechinus. We'll have to go on a combined grasswren/ningaui road trip one day.

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It's got to be Brown Trembler.....
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I had to think of "Hoatzin" (Opisthocomus haozin), funny name, funny bird!
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What about "bearded mountaineer"?
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Quite a few people over here think Yellow-bellied Sapsucker is a rather humorous name for a bird.
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Just picture the Short-legged Ground-Roller...
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Stuart, I seem to remember you also had a particular affection for the Wongai Ningaui and the Ningbing False Antechinus. We'll have to go on a combined grasswren/ningaui road trip one day.

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Certainly Edward, there's a whole world of amusingly-named Australian wildlife out there that I'd still like to see.

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Fluffy-backed Tit Babbler always raises a wry smile with me.
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I think the names given to some of New Zealand's birds take some beating: Morepork, Wandering Tattler and Flesh-footed shearwater conjure up wonderful images, but my favourite is the Shy Mollymawk.
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Certainly Edward, there's a whole world of amusingly-named Australian wildlife out there that I'd still like to see.

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Heres a few more Australian ones:

White-capped Noddy
Wompoo Pigeon
Noisy pitta
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curassows, guans and chachalacas... loons... thicknees... oo.... poo uli, akikiki, akiapolaau, kakawahie, nukupuu, alauahio
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Some Spanish names also take the biscuit:

Ruiseñor (Common Nightingale)......Ruiseñor Bastardo (cough!cough!..poor Cetti's warbler!)
Polla de agua (Moorhen)...Polla can also refer to a part of the male anatomy (Water *****)

Tapaculos (American Bird) Tapa:from the verb "tapar", to cover or cover up something. "Culo": Backside, rear end. Surprisingly Tapaculos are very small birds.
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Quite a few people over here think Yellow-bellied Sapsucker is a rather humorous name for a bird.
That or the Black-bellied Whistling-Duck are the bird names you hear when an American TV show makes fun of birders.
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I think that the name Caracara is funny. Some of them are called in Argentina 'Matamico'. 'Mata' means 'to kill' and 'mico' means 'small ape'. The funny thing is that no apes are found in the area where you could find this 'Matamico' in Argentina. The mentioned species are the Mountain Caracara, White-throated Caracara and the Striated Caracara.
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"Agile Tit Tyrant" Sounds, crafty-cute-and menacing.
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