Thursday, April 8, 2010

There are other pintails.

But Northern is handsomest.

It sometimes seems odd that avian common names include what seems an unnecessary adjective. You know, when where you live the type of bird is a one-off.

Case in point: Northern Pintail. Why not just Pintail?

For most birders, and non-birders who care not in the least anyway, that will suffice.

Because there are other pintails.

There is the Eaton's Pintail, named after an extinct Canadian department store. It lives in the Kerguelin and Crozet island groups, in the southern Indian Ocean. I have heard of the Indian Ocean.

There is also the Yellow-billed Pintail. Its range includes Peru, Paraguay, Brazil, Ecuador and certain subantarctic islands.

And then there's the White-cheeked Pintail. This one occurs in the Caribbean, South America, and the Galapagos Islands.

Interesting to know. Still, and noteworthy, northern is handsomest.

1 comment:

KaHolly said...

Without a doubt!!! Although the white-cheeked is kind of pretty. What a nice shot! I think I've heard mention of the Indian Ocean once or twice in geography class! Have a great day!