Avian nominative bathos

Here in Australia, we're famous for giving things, places and creatures goofy names.

I mean, just pick one letter. Wagga Wagga. Wallabies. The Wollemi Pine. Wollongong.

(And when Monty Python did their sketch about the Bruces from the University of Woolloomooloo, Australia, the silly-named place they chose was actually not some tiny town in the boondocks, but a spot in the middle of Sydney.)

Bird Of Mystery

So, when a rather rotund bird I'd not previously seen showed up at our feeding table, I was optimistic.

Bird Of Mystery

Surely, this plump creature with its habit of thrusting out its neck comically would have a ridiculous name.

Could it, perhaps, be a Wonga Pigeon?

Wait - perhaps it was a Wompoo Fruit-Dove!

But then I found out that this white-headed pigeon is actually... a White-headed Pigeon.

Oh well. Can't win 'em all.

5 Responses to “Avian nominative bathos”

  1. tgdavies Says:

    Remember that you can call Wagga Wagga Wagga, but you can't call Woy Woy Woy.

  2. Mark Cocquio Says:

    Don't feel too bad - I would have been quite impressed if it had been either of those two W birds.

    Wongas are a cute, dumpy little Pigeon. They're also notoriously hard to get a good photo of, because they never bloody stop walking.

    I was also pretty lucky to spot a pretty Wompoo on my travels. It's disguised in the middle of that photo (I didn't have a zoom lens at the time), and I never would have seen it if it hadn't been making its distinctive Wompoo-like call at the time.

    Here endeth the link farming. :)

  3. GeeJay Says:

    I reckon its very cruel to flaunt all this birdlife right in front of your feline friends....

  4. Daniel Rutter Says:

    The cats actually treat it more or less like TV. Sometimes they're all excited and making little noises at the window, but a few minutes later they're doing something else.

  5. RichVR Says:

    @ tgdavies- Spike Milligan?

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