|Photo by Marty Horowitz 12/23/2015|
Phainopepla, female. The name (allegedly*) comes from the Greek and means 'shining robe.' The shining part refers to the glossy black male.
*Not to doubt the reliability of Wikipedia, but I tried several translation sites (including ancient Greek) and couldn't independently confirm this. Might be the sites I chose, but if you know for sure (and aren't just repeating what you also learned on a nature walk), please let me know.
|Photo by Marty Horowitz 12/18/2015|
The odd name "Pyrrhuloxia," formerly part of this bird's scientific name, combines the Latin term for the Bullfinch with a Greek reference to the bird's bill shape.
Again, I call on Greeks, Romans, and bird people to confirm.
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