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Birds Named For Birds List

Updated: Jan 18, 2020

During one of our recent adventures, we went on a pelagic tour out of Newport, Oregon. While on this trip, I began thinking about Parakeet Auklets. I was hoping to find one during this trip, but I guess Rhinoceros Auklet had to suffice. Anyways, during a lull in activity, I posed to Erik: what birds can you think of that are named for other birds? We came up with a small list: Gull-billed Tern, Swallow Tanager, Swallow-tailed Kite, Pigeon Guillemot.

Then I posed it to social media and have developed a fairly robust list. This list is still in progress, so please send us the ones you've thought of! Also, species are listed in order that they are received so don't expect taxonomic or alphabetic.

Swallow Tanager

Swallow-tailed Kite

Parakeet Auklet

Pigeon Guillemot

Hawk-owl (Northern, Little Sumba, Andaman, Brown, Hume's, etc.)

Hawk-headed Parrot

Swallow-tailed Gull

Finch-billed Mynah

Eurasian Eagle-owl

Gull-billed Tern

Turkey Vulture

Lark Sparrow

Lark Bunting

Curlew Sandpiper

Stilt Sandpiper

Ornate Hawk-eagle

Waterthrush (Louisiana, Northern)

Thrush-like Wren

Parrot-billed Crossbill

Lark-like Bunting

Thrush Nightingale

Cuckoo Shrike

Nighthawks (Antillean, Lesser, Common)

Swan Goose


Eagle Owl

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