The first group of 19th Century Professor Huxley's Suborder Desmognathae
(Proc, Zool. Soc. 1867, p. 460), composed of the Anatidae of
most authors - the DUCKS and their allies, among which he included the
Screamer (which was classified as Palamedea
in Huxley's time but
now forms the family Anhimidae).
Possibly a corruption of Shepster, a STARLING.
A name of the Cedar
The Tasmanian name, according to Gould (Handb. B. Austral, i.
p. 565), of a species of Melithreptus (HONEY SUCKER or Honeyeater).
A name oddly given in some parts of England to the Spotted FLYCATCHER.
A North American name for various species of TITMOUSE - no doubt from their
Abbreviated CHICK, the young of any bird, but generally signifying that
of the domestic FOWL.
The CHIFFCHAFF, occasionally CHIPCHOP, is the Phylloscopus collybita,
a species of Leaf Warbler. The name is doubtless an attempt to syllable
the bird's ordinary cry (see SONG), and seems to be first found in Gilbert
White's Observations (p. 77) published in 1795 after his
death by Aiken. It is said that hearing the call of this bird is
the first sign of Spring arriving.
greek choane, meaning a tube or funnel, the choanae are the internal
openings of the nasal cavities into the mouth, situated on the palate or
roof of the mouth, generally between the maxillo-palatine and pterygoid
A name used in the Cape of South Africa for the Tawny Eagle, Aquila
rapax (Layard, Birds of South Africa page 10).
So-called in North America from the bird's cry. One of
the Caprimulgidae (Goatsucker), Caprimulgus carolinensis,
larger than but congeneric with the WHIP-POOR-WILL, Caprimulgus vociferus.
One of the many names of the common Night
Hawk or NIGHTJAR of Europe.