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#81368 - 09/21/02 02:39 PM Bird words
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Dear WW: there must be a lot of interesting words about birds. If the birds like ostriches,
moas,casskwaries, kiwis, and emus are "ratites" meaning they run, what is the term for birds that hop, jumping
with both feet toegether?
Today at park there were herons perching in trees, which I have never seen before.
And a new flock of white pelicans, in oval formation, stalking a school of fingerlings, and
in unison siddenly upending to catch them. I've never before seen birds use teamwork llike that. Is
there a special word for that?


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#81369 - 09/21/02 02:46 PM Re: Bird words
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I'll return to a search here, wwh, after returning from the Ruritan barbeque.

I must add that I saw on the island of Captiva huge flocks of pelicans at night seemingly float in to roost in the pines around the island. They dotted the rocking limbs like stars in the fading light. One of the prettiest, most calming sights in my experience.


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#81370 - 09/21/02 03:03 PM Re: Bird words
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Dear WW: my dictionary says that "columba" originally meant just a gray bird.
Guess what a columbary is? a dovecote.
And a columbarium? A tomb with niches on the wall for funerary urns.


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#81371 - 09/21/02 03:19 PM Re: Bird words
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Not abird word, but descriptive of incidental experience, seeing the pelicans using teamwork
was an adventitious added pleasure to the walk around the pond in the park.


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#81372 - 09/21/02 04:50 PM Re: Bird words
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wwh, I just noticed on the woodpecker thread the adjective scansorial, meaning climbing -- scansorial birds.

There's a bird term to add to the list of (now) two.


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#81373 - 09/21/02 05:07 PM Re: Bird words
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Here's another term, but I don't quite get it. In fact, I don't get it.

Having the bill cleft beyond the horny part, as in the case of swallows and goatsuckers.

The word is: fissirostral


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#81374 - 09/21/02 05:12 PM Re: Bird words
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Oh, there's raptorial. Those are the birds with the big-bad-boy-of-the-neighborhood attitude.


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#81375 - 09/21/02 05:23 PM Re: Bird words
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And, coincidentally, Langtolang's word of the day is vulture:

vulture

Turkish: akbaba
German: Geier
French: vautour
Italian: avvoltoio
Spanish: buitre




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#81376 - 09/21/02 06:07 PM Re: Bird words
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Dear W: Here is URL to a lot of bird pictures. http://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov/id/pictlist.html

I think the "fissirostral" adjective means the part of the beak that joins the skull is forked,
that is skull is pointed anteriorly, and beak has notch at base that fits over this.

It's been years since I saw a nighthawk. They were numerous on Boston streets kn late
evening. Site I visted says they like to nest on flat roofs, and eat insects at night,
including mosquitoes. Anything that easts mosquitoes gets my vote.


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#81377 - 09/21/02 06:34 PM Re: Bird words
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