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American Ornithological Society Now Plucking “Misogynist” and “Racist” Names from Birds

American Ornithological Society Now Plucking “Misogynist” and “Racist” Names from Birds

The clucking hens at the American Ornithological Society are getting roasted on social media for this move.

Our elite overlords are determined to find racism and misogyny everywhere, including the names given to our feathered friends.

The American Ornithological Society said Wednesday it will change the all English bird names currently named after people in its jurisdiction. The renaming begins in 2024 and AOS said it’s being done to change naming conventions clouded by racism and misogyny.

The renaming will focus on 70-80 bird species in the United States and Canada.

“There is power in a name, and some English bird names have associations with the past that continue to be exclusionary and harmful today,” AOS President Dr. Colleen Handel said in a statement. “We need a much more inclusive and engaging scientific process that focuses attention on the unique features and beauty of the birds themselves.”

The organization had to dig deep in some instances, to find ties to obscure historical figures in order to justify this insanity.

The organization said it was trying to move away from names “deemed offensive and exclusionary.” The Thick-billed Longspur, for example, used to be named after Confederate Army General John P. McCown, which was perceived as a painful link to slavery and racism.

“There is power in a name, and some English bird names have associations with the past that continue to be exclusionary and harmful today,” American Ornithological Society President Colleen Handel said. “We need a much more inclusive and engaging scientific process that focuses attention on the unique features and beauty of the birds themselves.”

Even bird names associated with the nation’s most famous bird illustrator are not safe from this woke purge,

That means the Audubon’s shearwater, a bird found off the coast of the southeastern United States, will no longer have a name acknowledging John James Audubon, a famous bird illustrator and a slave owner who adamantly opposed abolition.

Advocates for this inanity insist it will spark more interest in birding.

While the decision is likely to spark pushback in some quarters, it also will hopefully bring more interest in birding, advocates said — a crucial move considering North America has lost some three billion birds since 1970, per the AOS’ count.

“To reverse these alarming bird population declines, we need as many people as possible to get excited about birds and unite to protect them,” said executive director Judith Scarl.

All it has inspired is a roasting of these clucking hens on social media.

I don’t think this is going to work out quite the way the American Ornithological Society envisions.

I’m more of a cat person myself. However, I have a fondness for the murder of crows in my neighborhood….and I am not calling them anything else.


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UnCivilServant | November 2, 2023 at 7:11 am

Clearly the organization is misnamed. It’s the Anti-American Ornithological Society.

Desperate for attention

I have a dozen bird books and those names will never change.

The Tufted Titmouse is the main bird in Ohio in the winter, for sound.

Audubon is mostly associated with German highways, not slavery.

In the 80s bird lovers had to stop buying niger seed and switch to nyjer, in a precautionary move by the industry. Search for niger seed on Amazon.

Will my favorite, the titmouse, survive? Renamed to breastmouse? or perhaps chestmouse with this crew picking the names.

E Howard Hunt | November 2, 2023 at 7:48 am

In furtherance of this black-welcoming inclusiveness, Hitchcock’s The Birds will be remade. It will star Mo’Nique and Forest Whitaker.

nordic prince | November 2, 2023 at 7:51 am

Related: are they going to rename the Maine Coon Cat?

    Yes. They are going to call him the Maine Coon Feline. I had one that was sick, but after administering Maine Coon Medicine my Main Coon Feline is feeling fine.

And so it goes on and on, the retards never quit

a crucial move considering North America has lost some three billion birds since 1970, per the AOS’ count.
How many of those since they started putting up the giant Cuisinart energy generators?
On top of which, birders are notorious for undercounting birds, and for declaring species dead and gone when they aren’t.

It’s well past time for us to start en masse telling these loons to go F$&@ THEMSELVES.

    Milhouse in reply to MAJack. | November 2, 2023 at 8:26 am

    Loons reproduce sexually, just like all other birds; you must be thinking of snails 🙂

    CommoChief in reply to MAJack. | November 2, 2023 at 9:47 am

    Unfortunately these lefty white women have an outsize influence on our culture, society and politics. We can them to piss off but they ain’t gonna give up their outsize influence and power without a struggle.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair | November 2, 2023 at 8:28 am

Next, they’ll declare that Pluto is not a bird.

It is nearly impossible to share any space or even any air with self-hating nihilist dirtbags. They yearn so much to kill themselves but they are cowards and they are filled with hate for everyone who isn’t a complete basket case. Our satisfaction with life drives them mad (madder than they were born as) and fills them with burning hate. They want to kill all of us, first, before they finally try to off themselves overdosing on handfuls of aspirin and stool softener.

These people are really the worst evolution has ever puked onto this Earth … and they well know it.

Fat_Freddys_Cat | November 2, 2023 at 8:29 am

Before I got into bird watching myself, I didn’t know that most of the species even existed let alone the origin of the names. My interest in bird watching was sparked by the birds themselves not by their names. I have trouble believing that the names of the birds are obstacles to people unaware of said birds’ names.

What bird brains.

If you’re educated enough to recognize a McCown’s Longspur on sight, and know who General McCown was, then you are probably far removed from the social ills associated with marginalized racial minorities.

Every day I learn something. Today, it’s do not ever go out in public wearing a t-shirt that says “Longspur”. It’s just as bad, apparently, as a white hood and robe.

Red guard at Sierra Club dragged John Muir through the mud and then went after the “racist” old white boomer volunteers.

Audubon’s journals are public domain and the .epub and .mobi ebooks are free at Project Gutenberg.

So much for tits, I guess.

    DaveGinOly in reply to UJ. | November 2, 2023 at 12:23 pm

    I saw a pair of great tits yesterday.
    I saw a great pair of tits yesterday.

    Syntax matters.

I will bet that some of these people have a Che shirt in their closet.

But he was a good guy.

I’ve been birding for 45 years, and I’ll not be using their stupid names.

How many black Africans have had their names disassociated from things because of their roles in the slave trade? Oh, that’s right. Nothing is named after any of them because they didn’t contribute anything of note to science or natural history, they just enslaved other black Africans.

I’ll note that Democrats continue to live up to Bachman’s charge to the white race (“(The black African)…is greatly inferior to that of the Caucasian, and that he is, therefore…incapable of self-government. That he is thrown to our protection.”), with their destructive “help” for African Americans. Some of these Dems have had buildings and other places named after them. Are we going to change those names too?

“The White liberal is the worst enemy to America and the worst enemy to the Black man.”
Malcolm X

Babylon Bee going to be all over this.

Yah, this is the one thing that birding needs in order to swell the ranks of its participants to rival that of… Frisbee Golf, maybe.

CaliforniaJimbo | November 2, 2023 at 5:27 pm

I fear for the following birds:(all real)
Masked Booby
European Shag
Horned screamer
Himalayan Snowcock
Hoary Puffleg
Andean cock-of-the-rock

I don’t see how “woodpecker” survives the current round of wokeness. The upside is that the bane of domestic military installations, the dreaded “red-cockaded woodpecker,” will finally get its comeuppance.

Would there even BE an American Ornithological Society without James Audubon?