Obsolete Bird Names

Have you ever heard of a greenlet, a sooty buzzard, or a scolopaceous courlan? These are all names that were once in use. In 1988, the US Fish and Wildlife Service published a booklet with many obsolete or regional common names, to aid bird researchers who might come across these names in old museum specimens or historic accounts.

It is available at the USDA Wildlife Services Digital Collections page
and also here on Wikimedia Commons

I made up a little quiz matching the old names to our current names here
and the answers are here

And the answers above -- a greenlet is what we call a vireo, a sooty buzzard is now called a Short-tailed Hawk, and a scolpaceous courlan is a Limpkin.

Publicado el 09 de mayo de 2022 a las 02:56 PM por textileranger textileranger


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