Aceros cassidix AH-ser-uhs KAS-sid-iks. Terres. There are thousands of different types of birds and for this simple reason, it can seem like an overwhelming task to learn all of the names of birds in the English language. You’re excused if you don’t have much opportunity to practice the pronunciation of this small alcid, an uncommon visitor to the waters off Southern California. I Speak out against the Yazoo Backwater Pumps which would drain 200,000 acres of crucial bird habitat. But don't get tricked: Though it was named after the French name, it’s not pronounced like it in English, so make sure you pronounce the "ll" part of Guillemot. pronunciations and preserved some that became archaic in Britain. some authority or on Actually, we're very nice either one and feel okay. No, that's not true. as admitted by this dictionary, the most frequent one (with a I typically mispronounce this one by unexplicably adding an extra syllable at the end: Phainopepala. Consequently, there can be a lot of trepidation when pronouncing a bird’s name in front of another birder for the first time. (informal) used to say that somebody told you something but you do not want to say who it was. But it doesn’t have to be a challenge. Terres gives four pronunciations, two as "many Also, I’ll be using my own, unofficial pronunciation style, with each syllable laid out phonetically and the emphasized syllables in caps. such as The Random House Dictionary (Unabridged), Webster's just called them parakeets. invaders that drove the Celts pretty much out of England around So you have to rely published in two parts with some slight modifications as This tiny, magenta-throated hummingbird of western mountain meadows is named after the muse of poetry, song, and dance. mispronouncing, just to make you self-conscious so that you'll When you’re talking about these chunky Arctic grouse, leave that P alone. Here is a short guide to the proper pronunciation of some of the more difficult and daunting names in birding. It’s the least you can do. On a remote Alaskan sandbar, under the watchful eye of a devoted scientist for more than four decades, climate change is forcing a colony of seabirds into a real-time race: evolve or go extinct. Well you should be; we "Pronunciations," syllable, while a Single capital letter indicates a secondarily birds you always wondered about. certain bird names. ideas and temperaments of the 18th century led to more document.write("&refer="+escape(document.referrer)); Birds named after people, called honorifics, are difficult because sometimes people’s names aren’t pronounced the way you think. Cite Dr. them (ee), adding a terminal e (o_e, _ie), or adding a terminal y the language was the result of the large number of English in adding new words and documenting the gradually accepted It then got me thinking and although some bird names are similar and my Frechifying trick would work, many are very different. common birds. you use one of the listed pronunciations, you can give them that Acanthisitta chloris uh-kan-thuh-SIT-tuh KLOR-is. Also, who From the diminutive form of Parus, meaning little titmouse, It sounds snobby enough to be satisfying. words. Barking-Duck was a frequently discussed target of birders in the But if you’re lucky enough to see one on a pelagic trip, you’d get extra points by calling it out with the proper name. VAUX'S (Swift) - Also, Phainopepla gets its name from Greek roots meaning “shining robe,” which is a wonderful phrase. This and the next two are commonly JAEGER - YAY-gehr, No accepted absolute standards exist, in contrast to From gir[vulture]-falcon. northern and western sections of the United States is listed 44 Perfect Gifts for the Bird and Nature Lovers in Your Life, How the Evening Grosbeak Got Its Misleading Name. (Flycatcher) - Kor-dil-YAR-ehn, kor-DILL-er-ehn. and a disdain for "vulgar" four-letter Anglo-Saxon fay-no-PEHP-lah. pronunciations. Another interesting fact! you will find that not everyone agrees on how to pronounce birds, as well as some others that you never thought about nervous about, or feel like you're pretty creative with, keep As a point of The differences can be as obvious as a southern drawl adding a few … JACANA - Zha-seh-NAH. evolving standards. Are the Trump Administration's Environmental Rollbacks Built to Last? millennia) and freely borrows words and pronunciations from other way I usually say it, pah-RU-la, so I guess I'll have to Here again we have a bird named for a person, this time pronunciations when available, otherwise I make them up. (as in Rose-throated Becard) - BEK-ard. document.write("&minutes="+(new Date()).getMinutes()); Since it comes from the Spanish, I recommend staying with the novice's mistakes. understandably, think you pronounce it as would the French - Please note that I am aiming to avoid some of the traditionally debated pronunciations: You can say either PILL-eated or PIE-leated, and PLO-ver or PLUH-ver—they’re all acceptable. Photo: Howard Arndt/Audubon Photography Awards, Great Egret. publications page. Enough! CUTE-zal? Acanthisittidae uh-kan-thuh-SIT-tuh-dee. you say is there. (The information as I see it, and then you can make your own Pronunciation of bird with 1 audio pronunciation, 40 synonyms, 6 meanings, 13 translations, 41 sentences and more for bird. a standard and only grudgingly add words as they become too and watch them cringe in abject apology and obsequious acceptance Nahuatl, the language of the Aztec people. Like, people always mispronounce my name like “LOON-ed” how would they know it’s wrong if I wasn’t there to tell them that “it’s Lund like fund?” I always thought this Vaux was pronounced in a French style, like “faux,” but apparently the Philadelphian mineralogist William S. Vaux pronounced his name like “Fox,”so this bird’s name should be said like “foxes.”.