Welcome to OneWordBirds!

I don’t envy those who name birds. With over 10,000 species worldwide, inventing unique names for each is no small challenge. The need to distinguish every one from the others has given rise to such ponderous monikers as Donaldson-Smith’s Sparrow-Weaver, Himalayan White-browed Rosefinch and the daunting Middendorff’s Grasshopper-Warbler. I’ll give you a moment to catch your breath…

It is not surprising, then, that of all those species only about 143 have names comprised of just a single word. Why do these ‘one-word-birds’ merit such rare treatment? What makes them different from all the others? I think it’s about time we found out.

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