Friday, 19 September 2008

Feathered friends


Found a website today listing all the bird names of the world.

There are some gorgeously poetic ones and some ridiculously odd ones; some that sound like endearments ("My little Dusky Antbird") and others that sound like insults ("You Scaly-breasted Honeyeater!"). It's worth reading through for the loveliness of the words. No images, but the names are pictures enough.

I had no trouble envisioning a Lattice-tailed Trogon, and a Cinnamon Frogmouth and a Rufous Potoo, although in my head they were more fantastical than a living bird could possibly be.

But can’t you just imagine the expression on the face of an Enigmatic Owlet-Nightjar as she is approached by a Moustached Treeswift. Though I reckon they would both be bedazzled by the Sparkling Violetear and the Glittering-bellied Emerald.

I was going to Google Image some of them but didn’t want to spoil my imaginings. Might try to turn it into a drawing game with the daughter - lots of bright coloured crayons I think.

Meanwhile my favourite bird poem:

The common cormorant or shag
Lays eggs inside a paper bag
The reason you will see no doubt
It is to keep the lightning out
But what these unobservant birds
Have never noticed is that herds
Of wandering bears may come with buns
And steal the bags to hold the crumbs.

Christopher Isherwood

7 comments:

Tam said...

Oooh, you do find the loveliest things. I'm off to peruse lesser spotted bird-names...

Jumbly Girl said...

Tam - let me know your favourite names when you find them. Unless of course like mine they end up being too long to list

KAREN said...

Great names, and I love that picture too :o)

Val said...

came here on the black box! love the poem and all those delicious bird names - yes. flufftail partridge; cut throat finch; spectacled weaver....got me thinking now! what a lovely blog - will be back - thanks x

The W.O.W. factor said...

Wonderful words and "images"..! Can't wait to read more!
I found you through that ominous "Black Box", and now I need to read some more of your posts! Glad to have found you!

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Lovely post. You should visit the Farne Islands, they are a wonderful breeding ground for many types of birds. We have 2 regular buzzards here everyday.

CJ xx

SpiralSkies said...

I suspect your imaginings will be far more fabulous than screen-reflected reality.

Te cut-throat finch sounds like a brilliantly dark children's cartoon!