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Aasvogel to Albino

Alectorides to Amazon

Ambiens to Ani

Anisodactyli to Ateal

Auk to Axilla

Babbler to Barley Bird

Barwing to Bengali

Berghaan to Blackbird

Blackcap to Bluecap

Bluethroat to Bronze Wing

Brubru to Buzzard

Caeca to Carr Goose

Cashew Bird to Charadriomorphae

Chat to Churn Owl

Circulation to Cob

Cobblers-Awl to Coracoid

Coracomorphae to Crest

Crocker to Cypselomorphae

Dabchick to Devling

Dhayal to Dollarbird

            The name (apparently originating with Levaillant) of a conspicuously-coloured bush-SHRIKE, the Nilaus afer of modern ornithology.

Brush Turkey Picture
Brush Turkey Picture

Brush Turkey
            The Australian name for one of the largest of the MEGAPODES, Alectura lathami, which has frequently made its mound, laid its eggs, and reared its young in the London Zoological Gardens, after the manner described many years ago by Mr. Bartlet (Proceedings of the  Zoological  Society of London. 1860, pp. 426,427). In earlier days the position of this bird was a great puzzle to some ornithologists, who thought from the form of its bill that it was a Bird-of-Prey, and called it the "New-Holland Vulture".

            A corruption of Betcherrygah, given by Gould as the native name of the pretty little Australian PARRAKEET, Melopsittacus undulatus, that is now so favourite a cage-bird. Its name was still further corrupted in the 19th Century into Beauregard!

            A North-American species of Duck, the Bucephala albeola.  This relatively small duck is bird is part of the genus  Bucephala, (Goldeneye).  The name Bufflehead  comes from a shortening of "buffalo head".    Adult males Buffleheads are have a white body with a black top-of-the-back.  Their head is black with around the eye and beak but with a large white cap behind the eye.   The body of adult females is mainly brown body, with a brown head.  Like the males they also bave a white patch behind their eye, but the size of this white patch is smaller than in the males..



Bullhead and Bullseye
            Names applied chiefly in Ireland and North America to the Golden and Grey PLOVERS; but the former also given locally to the GOLDEN-EYE.



Butcher Bird

Button Quail
            The Anglo-Indian name for a little bird, which, though for a long while confounded with the true QUAILS, really belong to a very distinct family, Turnicidae, and may be more conveniently treated under the title of HEMIPODE.


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