• What's In a Name: Pratincole

    19 days ago - By 10,000 Birds

    There are two kinds of bird names in this world. There are names assigned by a single person at a single point in time, including all the binomial scientific nomenclature and most of the common names that involve the bird being named after someone's friend, sponsor, or sister-in-law. And there are folk names, which often sound super-weird, disproportionately involve onomatopoeia, and invite embarrassing folk etymologies.
    Pratincole seems at first blush like it should be the latter, and yet somehow it is the former. According to the all-knowing oracles of the internet, this English name was...
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