What’s in a Name?


This poor bird certainly drew the short straw when it came to names.

For years he was known as a Dikkop in birding circles, an Afrikaans word which means ‘Thick Head’. Now that’s not very respectful, is it?

Recently those clever people who do these sorts of things decided to change his name, and in doing so did the bird no favours. Thick Head became Thick-Knee, but all his friends still call him ‘Old Thicky’.

yellow thick knees 2019-04

No wonder he looks sad

4 thoughts on “What’s in a Name?

  1. During our time crocodile farming while looking for crocodile eggs in the wild we would watch out and listen for Dikops. These birds would lay their own eggs near crocodile nests for protection. The crocodiles benefited from this also as the birds warned the crocs of the presence of predatory Nile Monitors.

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