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  • Yes indeed! And the Secretary Bird makes sure the billing is accurate.

    December 8, 2007

  • Is this the bird that charges ornithologists by the hour?

    December 8, 2007

  • Nickname for the Black-Necked Stilt and the American Avocet.

    From Alexander Wilson's American Ornithology, 1824: "American Avocet . . . from its perpetual clamour and flippancy of tongue, is called, by the inhabitants of Cape May, the Lawyer." From Grinnell's Game Birds of California, 1918: "Together with the Black-necked Stilt, this bird is sometimes known as the 'lawyer bird' because of its long bill and its oft-repeated vociferations!"

    December 7, 2007