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Also of interest (to me, at least), if somewhat off the topic, are bird names in other languages. In French, hummingbird is "colibri" (possibly from an extinct indigenous Caribbean language) or "oiseau-mouche" (fly-bird), in Spanish they are usually called "picaflores" (flower-peckers), in Portuguese "beija flor" (flower-kisser), in Nahuatl (Aztec) "huitzilin," in Mayan "tzunun," presumably an onomatopoeia for the wing buzz.

Lanny Chambers
Fenton, MO

On Apr 29, 2020, at 10:54, Terry Miller <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Are there any other names of birds that have a somewhat obscure or hidden meaning?  Are there any "Duh" moments with bird names that any of you have had?


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