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Forum: Bird Behaviour Wednesday 8th July 2020, 21:57
Replies: 2
Views: 161
Posted By Xenospiza
It happens annually in the Netherlands. Funnily,...

It happens annually in the Netherlands. Funnily, they seem to prefer joggers and people on racing bikes.

I saw a bit of film earlier this year where a woman told how she had been attacked by "a...
Forum: Information Wanted Sunday 21st June 2020, 20:50
Replies: 5
Views: 161
Posted By Xenospiza
Funnily, all Japanese bird names are written in...

Funnily, all Japanese bird names are written in katakana.
The list (Japanese + scientific) is on wikipedia...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 21st June 2020, 20:44
Replies: 208
Views: 5,360
Posted By Xenospiza
Verreaux's (Verreauxs's) Eagle is another...

Verreaux's (Verreauxs's) Eagle is another one.
But you must be thinking of Archbold’s Newtonia (hurray for searchable lists).
I had to look in the book: it's not the worst one. Rufous-fronted...
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 20th June 2020, 20:40
Replies: 208
Views: 5,360
Posted By Xenospiza
Inornate Warbler for Hume's never caught on and I...

Inornate Warbler for Hume's never caught on and I think Izu Leaf Warbler is a better name for this island endemic than Ijima's Leaf Warbler.
Good luck with coming up with descriptive names for all...
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 19th June 2020, 21:09
Replies: 208
Views: 5,360
Posted By Xenospiza
Thanks – here's some very selective quoting from...

Thanks – here's some very selective quoting from that piece:

I had thought about bringing that up in this thread as well, stating that this is one of the reasons why there are so few female...
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 19th June 2020, 19:53
Replies: 208
Views: 5,360
Posted By Xenospiza
Jurek, my proposal was just as serious as your...

Jurek, my proposal was just as serious as your Carbon-neutral Tit.
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 19th June 2020, 14:25
Replies: 208
Views: 5,360
Posted By Xenospiza
While you're at it, please also suggest to change...

While you're at it, please also suggest to change the generic name of all Paridae to Chickadee. A Tufted Titmouse isn't a big-breasted little mammal at all.
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 19th June 2020, 12:00
Replies: 208
Views: 5,360
Posted By Xenospiza
I found plenty of results throughout SE Asia, but...

I found plenty of results throughout SE Asia, but maybe google is blocking them in English-speaking countries.
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 19th June 2020, 10:52
Replies: 208
Views: 5,360
Posted By Xenospiza
The Dutch name for White-rumped Swift was changed...

The Dutch name for White-rumped Swift was changed recently. Look at the scientific name and you may guess why. I was attacked by some for suggesting this name needed changing at first, partly because...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 18th June 2020, 14:34
Replies: 8
Views: 440
Posted By Xenospiza
Try Copsychus specularis ;). Still nothing that...

Try Copsychus specularis ;). Still nothing that really looks similar, but cannot think of anything else there!
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 17th June 2020, 21:57
Replies: 208
Views: 5,360
Posted By Xenospiza
All harriers are called "chicken thieves" in...

All harriers are called "chicken thieves" in Dutch: just a few steps to "hen harrier" from there!

The only name in that list that I found a positive change was "Kinglet Vireo". You know it makes...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 17th June 2020, 17:39
Replies: 208
Views: 5,360
Posted By Xenospiza
Yes, you need to know very little about Aztec...

Yes, you need to know very little about Aztec culture to see that Montezuma may be a worse choice than Benjamin Franklin.
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 16th June 2020, 09:35
Replies: 20
Views: 689
Posted By Xenospiza
It's nice that the BBC has a positive story about...

It's nice that the BBC has a positive story about birdwatching. There was a recent episode of Have I Got News For You which promoted the general view of it being a pastime for losers (season 59,...
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 13th June 2020, 21:04
Replies: 70
Views: 2,252
Posted By Xenospiza
(1) Seen for my lifelist, but I note heard-only...

(1) Seen for my lifelist, but I note heard-only as well so I can give a full list. For my Dutch list, heard-only counts as well (indeed to prevent disturbance) - I have four heard-only birds on my...
Forum: Bird Name Etymology Thursday 4th June 2020, 07:36
Replies: 12
Views: 469
Posted By Xenospiza
The Latin genitive of a word ending in -a ends in...

The Latin genitive of a word ending in -a ends in -ae, independent of gender.
For example: agricola (farmer, male) has the genitive agricolae.
This is done wrong time and time again by descriptors...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Tuesday 2nd June 2020, 13:09
Replies: 18
Views: 1,613
Posted By Xenospiza
Their ND2 network tells a different story on...

Their ND2 network tells a different story on Donaldson's Turaco: no issue at all to keep it with White-cheeked. It also shows how closely related all these green turacos are: no surprise for anyone...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 18th May 2020, 21:17
Replies: 9
Views: 617
Posted By Xenospiza
Bedankt! Some of the people I know from...

Bedankt! Some of the people I know from Zeeuwsch-Vlaanderen sound exactly the same, but then it would be an odd place for an Eagle Owl in more than one way.
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 18th May 2020, 19:56
Replies: 9
Views: 617
Posted By Xenospiza
Eagle Owls nesting on a Dutch balcony

The poor chicks are already addicted to television: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ik29zMbHaY
Forum: Mammals Tuesday 12th May 2020, 14:50
Replies: 7
Views: 572
Posted By Xenospiza
There are (too many!) Water Buffalo at my local...

There are (too many!) Water Buffalo at my local patch where they are meant to manage the grassland. They also manage to trample all Lapwing nests, unfortunately. I still hope they'll attract a Cattle...
Forum: Bird Name Etymology Wednesday 6th May 2020, 14:01
Replies: 11
Views: 562
Posted By Xenospiza
Writing the s in a different way at the start...

Writing the s in a different way at the start (ſ-) and at the end (-s) of the word was quite common in German, but it could just be caused by the person's handwriting (I would probably write...
Forum: Trees, Flowers, Plants and Shrubs Tuesday 28th April 2020, 06:30
Replies: 7
Views: 461
Posted By Xenospiza
Looks more like Common Sorrel (Rumex acetosa).

Looks more like Common Sorrel (Rumex acetosa).
Forum: Bird Ringing and Banding Saturday 25th April 2020, 13:08
Replies: 26
Views: 2,353
Posted By Xenospiza
These are definitely breeder rings. Blue = 2017,...

These are definitely breeder rings. Blue = 2017, red = 2018.
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 24th April 2020, 07:45
Replies: 41
Views: 1,458
Posted By Xenospiza
I'm on 67 corvids currently counted as species (+...

I'm on 67 corvids currently counted as species (+ 18 potential splits)
19th corvid: Fish Crow
19th Corvus: Pied Crow

If it wasn't for Covid-19 I'd be on 68 and 19 now.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 19th April 2020, 19:03
Replies: 1
Views: 184
Posted By Xenospiza
It is a Mistle Thrush.

It is a Mistle Thrush.
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 17th April 2020, 20:13
Replies: 24
Views: 1,606
Posted By Xenospiza
Thanks for drawing attention to this Ian.

Thanks for drawing attention to this Ian.
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