Friday, July 11, 2014
July Bird of the Month—from THE SCIENTIFIC NOMENCLATURE OF BIRDS IN THE UPPER MIDWEST
calendula: a coined Latin word for "glowing" (from calēre = to glow with heat) that describes the red patch on the crown of the male.
Common name: Ruby-crowned Kinglet for the infrequently seen red crown of the male
Other names: ruby crown, ruby-crowned wren, ruby-crowned warbler
satrapa: The Latin word (Greek satrapēs) for "a viceroy, provincial governor," who might be inclined to wear a crown.
Common name: Golden-crowned Kinglet for the orange patch on the crown of the male, yellow on the female
Other names: gold-crest, flame-crest, fiery-crowned wren
From the Scientific Nomenclature of Birds in the Upper Midwest, by James Sandrock and Jean C. Prior