Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Bird of the Month—from THE SCIENTIFIC NOMENCLATURE OF BIRDS IN THE UPPER MIDWEST
asiatica: This Latin word for "Asiatic" is a misnomer, since the type specimen was taken in the West Indies (Jamaica), not India, as Linnaeus believed.
Common name: White-winged Dove for the white patch on the upper wing in flight and the white streak on the folded wing.
Other names: White-wing, singing dove, cactus pigeon
macroura: From Greek makros = big, far reaching + oura = tail. "Long tail" applies to the long, pointed central feathers on the tapering tail.
Common name: Mourning Dove for the plaintive call
Other names: turtledove, wild dove, rain crow