Birds (from the Old English brid; etymology otherwise unknown) are wonderfully diverse. They have some pretty great names.

There are approximately 10,000 species of birds in the world, and while I can’t promise that every single one has an interesting backstory, I’ll do my best to showcase some of the coolest English and scientific avian names.



Questions? Comments? Requests? Twitter’s the best way to get in touch, or you can email ces29 (at) st-andrews (dot) ac (dot) uk.


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