Nickname given by the mythic fierce nomadic goat-sacrificing* tribes of Ireland's central Bog of Allen to the rare lesser-spotted rufous towcheeked titfinch.
Both the nomadic hunters and the cooter muffaloon had been believed to be extinct until the stunning discovery of perfectly preserved specimens of each were dug out of the bog, Encimo Man style, in 1999 by I.R.A. members engaged in the hiding of stolen artwork in the bog. It appeared that ancient Druidic scientists, exploiting the remarkable congruence between the ancient Ogham alphabet and the universal DNA code, had figured out how to suspend the usual telomeric processes that lead to apoptosis, which allowed them to store bodies for sphagnopreservation and future reanimation.
*: No goats were harmed during the invention of this madeupical term and its etymology.
Sionnach--not to worry. I meant to appear mock-insulted. Should have added some telling emoticon. Like this. :-) Although I do worry, when I'm adding a gazillion words at a time, about overwhelming the comments list....
Someday they'll find evidence of a lesser-spotted rufous towcheeked titfinch's breeding ground, and then we'll all have a good laugh. ;->