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Old Thursday 23rd May 2019, 00:44   #1
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Birds beginning with ...

When I can't sleep at night, I don't count sheep.
What I do to try and get me to nod off is go through the alphabet trying to come up with birds who's names begin with each letter of the alphabet. For example, starting with the letter "A", I have Avocet.
I have managed all the letters actually with one exception.
Please can anyone advise as to whether or not there are any birds that have names (In the English) that start with the letter "X"
I cannot think of any....
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Old Thursday 23rd May 2019, 01:19   #2
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Old Thursday 23rd May 2019, 01:41   #3
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Plus White-naped Xenopsaris.

Or if you want the first word of the name, there's Xantus's Hummingbird, Xavier's Greenbul, Xingu Scale-backed Antbird, and Xinjiang Ground-Jay.
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Have played this game whilst driving long journeys recently (and no children, small or otherwise in the car) Along with fruit, mammals, cars etc. Can go through a couple times before start getting too tricksy and move onto next category.

Have you tried memorising latin binomial bird names in order to get to sleep? ...
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In preparation for (yet another) Dictionary I have the following Xs (current or formerly used as English names); Xanthoploceus, Xanthorn, Xanthotis, Xema, Xenicopsoides, Xenoctistes, Xenops, Xenopsaris.
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Xantus's Murrelet

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Nutcracker's "Xantu's Murrelet" should, of course, be: Xantus's (or Xantus') murrelet Brachyramphus/Endomychura/Synthliboramphus hypoleucus [nowaday's split into two species; Scripps's murrelet Synthliboramphus scrippsi Green & Arnold, 1939 resp. Guadalupe murrelet Synthliboramphus hypoleucus (Xntus de Vesey, 1860)].

And, on top of this; in my MS (of Swedish Common names) I have the following (that apparently also works in English):
• Xantus's Hummingbird (Hylocharis) Basilinna xantusii (Lawrence, 1861)
• Xavier's Greenbul Phyllastrephus xavieri (Oustalet, 1892)
• (Plain) Xenops Xenops minutus (Sparrman, 1788)
• (White-naped) Xenopsaris Xenopsaris albinucha (Burmeister, 1869)
• Xingu Scale-backed Antbird Willisornis vidua (Hellmayr, 1905)

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http://www.zoonomen.net/cit/RI/Genera/RIGenX.html
(I felt "Xantu's" looked interestingly (or scaringly?) Lovecraftian, when I first saw it. )
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Have played this game whilst driving long journeys recently (and no children, small or otherwise in the car) Along with fruit, mammals, cars etc. Can go through a couple times before start getting too tricksy and move onto next category.

Have you tried memorising latin binomial bird names in order to get to sleep? ...
Try looking at car number plates to come up with bird names on long journeys e.g YNA could be Yellow-nosed Albatross.
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Even fewer genera begin with K than begin with X. Name 'em, and don't look it up!
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Try looking at car number plates to come up with bird names on long journeys e.g YNA could be Yellow-nosed Albatross.
There's an orange van ending BHG that we drive past every morning taking the OH to the station ...
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Try looking at car number plates to come up with bird names on long journeys e.g YNA could be Yellow-nosed Albatross.
That's a fun idea andy, never thought of that.
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There's an orange van ending BHG that we drive past every morning taking the OH to the station ...
Ground to a halt at six

Kittiwake, Knot, Kingfisher, Kingbird, Kagu, Kinglet...

Currently resisting the temptation to cheat! I'm sure I'll be kicking myself as others chip in.

EDIT - Kakapo, Kea, Kaka, Kokako - suddenly remembered New Zealand
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Even fewer genera begin with K than begin with X. Name 'em, and don't look it up!
Ooops! The above post should have quoted this, not the bit about car license plates!
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I wonder if BF member Xenospiza has any ideas on this one?
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Ground to a halt at six

Kittiwake, Knot, Kingfisher, Kingbird, Kagu, Kinglet...

Currently resisting the temptation to cheat! I'm sure I'll be kicking myself as others chip in.

EDIT - Kakapo, Kea, Kaka, Kokako - suddenly remembered New Zealand
Kerguelen Petrel, King Penguin, Kelp Goose, King Eider, Trocaz Pigeon, Knysna Turaco, Knysna Woodpecker, Klaas's Cuckoo, King Vulture, Koepke's Screech owl.......
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Kerguelen Petrel, King Penguin, Kelp Goose, King Eider, Trocaz Pigeon, Knysna Turaco, Knysna Woodpecker, Klaas's Cuckoo, King Vulture, Koepke's Screech owl.......
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There's an orange van ending BHG that we drive past every morning taking the OH to the station ...
Thought that was a bit bizarre lol! Always nice to be quoted though, even if a bit meaningless. Ta!

BHG is Black-headed Gull of course. OH is 'other half', although haven't really come up with a birding one. Ondulasian Hemipode?
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Ground to a halt at six

Kittiwake, Knot, Kingfisher, Kingbird, Kagu, Kinglet...

Currently resisting the temptation to cheat! I'm sure I'll be kicking myself as others chip in.

EDIT - Kakapo, Kea, Kaka, Kokako - suddenly remembered New Zealand
I'm assuming "how many genera ..." means scientific genus names, not English names
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Have you tried memorising latin binomial bird names in order to get to sleep? ...
I must try this out sometime but to be honest I think it will be more of a nightmare
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Thank you so much everyone for these replies. I enjoyed the answers. It is amazing what the powers that be come up with.
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Old Saturday 25th May 2019, 11:09   #22
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Have played this game whilst driving long journeys recently (and no children, small or otherwise in the car) Along with fruit, mammals, cars etc. Can go through a couple times before start getting too tricksy and move onto next category.
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Thank you . I have also tried mammals , trees, and other aspects of nature. Also I did football teams but again the letter "X" stumped me. I have no knowledge however of Chinese football teams
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Thank you . I have also tried mammals , trees, and other aspects of nature. Also I did football teams but again the letter "X" stumped me. I have no knowledge however of Chinese football teams
Also chemical formulae - quite a few cars around here with 'HCN' (hydrogen cyanide) or 'KCN' (potassium cyanide) in the number
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Kenopia and Knipolegus are the ones that leap to mind immediately
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Kenopia and Knipolegus are the ones that leap to mind immediately
and Ketupa
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