Friday, November 16, 2007

Fun with Scientific Names

The etymology of bird names is a favorite subject of mine. Head over to The Drinking Bird for a fun quiz on scientific bird names. Do you know which bird's scientific name translates to "Alpine Desert-lover"?

1 comment:

Rick said...

Here's one I ran across in Guyana last week: the Black-crested Antshrike's specific epithet is canadensis, believe it or not. It turns out that that is a typo for the much more appropriate cayanensis; but according to the rules of priority, well, priority rules!