I have been studying the Black Rail for about a month and a half now. In that time I have seen a grand total of one Black Rail. Little larger than a mouse, these birds slip through dense wetland vegetation without a sound. They’re like tiny shadows. The first bird I saw, I saw for a grand total of about 1/10th of a second. It’s been really bizarre to work with an animal that can stand 2 feet from you and never be seen. This weekend, Lynn and I got absurdly lucky and were able to photography this incredibly elusive animal.
Bird names are often the first clue people use to identify a species. Are you looking at a hawk with a red tail? It’s probably a Red-tailed hawk! Most species names are highly descriptive and tell you exactly what you should be looking for. However, ornithologists have been known to come up with some truly terrible names.
We have compiled here 10 of the worst bird names in North America and provided suggestions for what can improve these names. Have suggestions for additions to the list or want to make a list of your own? We’d love to hear it in the comments! Continue reading →