Funny, long, or just plain weird animal names

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#42

Google-eyed Eighty-Eight

There is also a Googly-eyed Cod and Googly-eyed Glass Squid

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#43

I had decided some time ago that the common name for Turdus migratorius should be the BM or bowel movement bird.

#44

Have dog vomit slime mold or dog sick slime mould been mentioned?

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#45

the Joker

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#46

There are some fabulous old common names in English for Canadian birds:

American Tree Sparrow = Winter Chippy
Belted Kingfisher = Halcyon
Chipping Sparrow = Social Sparrow
Common Grackle = Maize Thief
Common Nighthawk = Piramidig
Common Redpoll = Little Snowbird
Eastern Kingbird = Bee Martin
Eastern Towhee = Chewink
Gray-cheeked Thrush = Alice’s Thrush
Hermit Thrush = Swamp Angel
Least Flycatcher = Chebec (just like its call)
Northern Flicker = Yellowhammer
Northern Shrike = Ninekiller
Ovenbird = Teacher (again, just like its call)
White-Throated Sparrow = Canada Sparrow (sings “dear, sweet, Canada Canada Canada”)
White-breasted Nuthatch = Devil Downhead
Wilson’s Warbler = Blackcap
Yellow-bellied Cuckoo = Raincrow

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#47

For those of you who didn’t click through on this one: the name is really extra-appropriate, because, sadly, the bird went extinct about a thousand years ago! I’m definitely showing this one to my Latin-teacher husband. :D

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#48

I like Redundant Skipper

The North American dragonflies have been given some pretty great names, e.g. Stygian Shadowdragon, Ebony Boghaunter

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