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From Shyamal:Chucklist of Birds
I have written, I think, about Shyamal....in a world full of serious ornithologicalstudy, he leavens his knowledge with a lot of humour. (He is still capable of a scholarly treatise with words I can hardly understand!)

Here's a bird-list which he apparently sent the birdwatching egroup on April 1, 2000:

A chucklist of birds typically seen in April

In the woods of the Western Ghats one gets to see the
Rocket-tailed Drongo,
Laughing Thrust,
Bleak-backed woodpokers,
If you are really lucky you may get to see
Paradise Female-catcher

In the wetlands one may get to see some of the late staying
Green Sandpapers
Wood Sandpapers
Little Stunts
Kentish Pullovers
Bare-headed Geese
Pint-aled Ducks and
Black-pied tailwags

You may also get to see some of the resident
Whistling Tools and
Paid Kingfishers

In the large rivers one gets to see the
Sneak Birds fishing by sneaking up to fishes
and the Brown-headed gals with the mirrors flying along with whiskered
Sometimes one gets to see the Block-headed gals without the mirrors.

Some of the bards in danger are the Spot-billed Bellycans
Painted Strokes and Glassy-eyed Ibis.

On the open lands one sees the
Small-grin beaters,
White-bellied Manias,
and Yellow-bottled Lapwings.

My thanks to many beard-watchers for their observations used in preparing
this chicklist
notably Emby Crush, S.Supermania, Jay N. Pressured ,U.K.Hurricane, M.S.Giant
and J.H.He-man.

I just *love* this list. Each time I read, a different name sets me laughing uncontrollably!

Shyamal...thank you!

Update: there was a report from Bngbirds about a Wholly Naked Stork, and a friend of mine remarked about the Blue Moron butterfly...Also on INW, I have seen photos of a herd of clouds, a Wild Bore, and so the list goes...

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This is ShowMall's chicklist. Shyamal would have surely seen mini-eats, war-blurs and baa-blurs.

Funny and entertaining.. LOL! :)

I hope you are laughing as much as I am!

Hahaha good one! :P Paradise female catcher lol

This is a side of Shyamal I didn't know about!! Wonderfully funny!

Wait till you see our secondary list, starting with Harsh Marriers...

Block-headed gals? Lemme guess.. they were named by a heart-broken ornithologist.. By the way, is a sexually over-amped birder a hornithologist? :D While the names of these exotic birds were rather funny, it was the reference to the wild bore that had me in splits!
I used to put in a lot of efforts to get away from the wild bores in college, you know! Heard of clouds? Of course I've heard of clouds! Why do you ask? :D

Oh, I just thought I'd ask. The "Wild Bore" is an actual example from INW.

I almost missed the April 1st reference.. and was actually scratching my head wondering if I was reading right!

Loved this chucklist, surely not to be chucked! Loved the 'Shyamalean' nomenclature, the 'uck-knowledgements' and the train of comments that 'wallowed'! :)))) Thanks Deepa, for sharing!

Glad you enjoyed it, Uma!

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