Thursday, March 10, 2011

"Superb" as birdname prefix

Re the superb owl meme: it should be better-known than it is that "superb" is a fairly common adjective in bird-names. Wikipedia lists these:

Nor, given that diurnal owls like the snowy owl exist, would it be entirely out of the question for an owl to evolve into superbness.

I've seen superb starlings in the Serengeti, where they're ubiquitous in the picnic areas:


Jenny Davidson said...

Such good names!

My favorite little tiny fish that I see when I swim in the sea in Cayman: the fairy basslet.

Sarang said...

I'm especially fond of the mildly incongruous ones like "paradise flycatcher."