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Old Dec 1, 2008, 1:41 PM   #11
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royce10 wrote:
cute male and female widgeon shots. such an odd name for a bird.

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Thanks, Hung. The most widely used name for the American species used to be Baldpate, which is more descriptive, but the term "wigeon" is much older, going back to the 16th Century (probably for the European Wigeon); its meaning probably is unknown - one dictionary says "probably of imitative origin, suggested by "pigeon."" In an attempt to standardize common names, which used to vary regionally, as well as internationally, The American Ornithologists' Union has often opted for older, Old World names if applicable to American birds -- their Checklist is the accepted authority for common and scientific names of North American birds.
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