Going slightly back ... to bongaribongari
- Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionaryEtymology
- From the verb bongata (to spot) - FinnishNoun
1. (slang) Someone who spots for hobby or pastime (birds, airplane types, beautiful chicks etc.).
2. A twitcher (birdwatcher)."
(first appeared in 2007)
Olga wrote about the same some time ago (viewtopic.php?p=49962#p49962
Birders use many colorful words, to quote just a few:
Tick, Megatick, Lifer, Crippler, Sibe, LBJ, Twitcher vs Dude vs Birder, Dip out onhttp://homepages.tesco.net/~N.Faulkner/birding/
Chase (verb) - to go on a (usually long) trip to find a reported rarity or rarities
Dip (or dip out) - missing a rarity after having made the effort to chase it
Elitist - any experienced birder who doesn't believe what you saw
Fake - domesticated or of dubious origin, as in "those are fake ducks on the pond".
LBJ (also LBB) - any small brown, difficult to identify bird (from "little brown job")
Lister - one who obsesses about building his/her lifelist (usually used as a dismissive pejorative)
Nottabird - something that looks like a bird from a distance, but isn't on closer inspection.
Twitch (verb) - to go chasing a rarity
Twitcher - one who regularly goes chasing after rarities
Ugly Gull - any gull (independent of whether it's pretty or not) that presents an ID challenge"http://www.pacifier.com/~mpatters/bird/slang.html
"I think the terms from the UK are far more colorful and interesting than any we have here in the US. - We don't twitch, tick or dip, we chase and miss. See? Not nearly as colorful!" [My impression is that 'twitcher' is used in the US and Australian sites, too]
"Dunnock actually means something (Dun, brown, + -ock, small bird, so Dunnock is the original Little Brown Bird)"http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=4694
Many alternative bird species nameshttp://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=14263
Plastic - adjective used to describe a bird that has escaped from captivity.
Blocker - a rare bird that has not occurred for many years so that long-standing twitchers have it on their lists, but younger ones are effectively "blocked" from getting it onto theirs. In Britain a classic example is MacQueen's Bustard (last record 1962).
Two-bird theory - A face-saving device. You see a bird and identify it as something rare. Someone else twitches it and re-identifies it as something very similar, but common. Rather than admit you got it wrong, you resolutely maintain you were right and that there were actually two birds present: the rare one and the common one.
Woodbird - the progenitor of Polyethylene Bird, Aluminum Can Bird, Black Garbage-bag Bird, Dead Leaf Bird, etc.
Nearly bird - one of those annoying objects, usually on telegraph poles, that resembles an owl
Camera dancer - a particularly obliging bird photographically
Wire climber or fence hopper - an Escapeehttp://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=18646
Sorry, came to be a rather long post.