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Old World Sparrows (1)

Elegant yet dumpy, conspicuous yet dull, sophisticated yet streetwise, widespread yet local, sparrows are blessed with all these properties. Since […]

Garrulus Jays

Garrulus jays were first mentioned quite clearly (as κίττα, kitta = jay) in Aristotle‘s Natural History, in J.A. Smith and […]

Corvidae (Crows 2)

The name of the crow family as Corvidae was mentioned by English zoologist William Elford Leach (as Corvidæ, which was […]

Buzzard 1: Buteo

Buteo was first mentioned by Pliny the Elder in his Naturalis Historiæ, trans. H. Rackham (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press […]

Wren 1

During a long stretch of the twentieth century the widespread, Holarctic, (Winter) Wren was considered to be one species comprising […]


Six species of kinglets occupy the northern hemisphere. The name kinglet is related to a story told in Pliny the […]


The recent irruption of Waxwings triggered my curiosity of the names of these tufted berry gobblers. The three species of […]

Nuthatches 1

Wondering where the nuthatch winters Wings a mile long Just carried the bird away Eyes of the World by Jerry […]


The three species within the Luscinia genus in the Western Palearctic represent only one third of its total number worldwide; […]

Crows 1

There are currently 46 species of Corvus crows on the IOC World Bird List. Of these only 8 species show […]