Bird Common Names Derived from Indigenous Languages

There are a few bird names that were given by Indigenous cultures of the Americas that have made their way to our current common names.

North American

  • dowitcher
  • sora


  • chachalaca
  • quetzal
  • pauraque?

South American

  • condor
  • anhinga
  • caracara
  • jacana
  • ani
  • tanager
  • jabiru

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