Friday, February 28, 2014

THRESKIORNIDS

There are times when the reading man needs to find out more about a subject. Not that the subject in question is necessarily foremost in his mind, or at the top of his list of interests, but it has cropped up and now he has questions. The internet makes casual research much more possible.



This is what Wikipedia has to say about the ibis:

朱鷺亞科:
朱鷺亞科,又名䴉亞科,是朱鷺科下的一類長腳涉禽。牠們的喙長而向下彎曲,很多時都是成群覓食的,用喙插入泥中尋找如甲殼類的食物。大部份物種的巢都築在樹上,與琵鷺亞科或鷺科一起生活。

物種屬:
䴉,黑䴉,大䴉,隱䴉,朱䴉,白䴉,黃頸䴉,長尾䴉,綠䴉,裸臉䴉,美洲䴉,彩䴉,鳳頭彩䴉。

Ibis subfamily:
The ibis subfamily, also known as spoonbill subfamily, are long-legged wading birds known scientifically as threskiornidae. They have long beaks which curve downward, and often forage in flocks, inserting their beaks into the mud to search for crustaceans. Most species nest in trees in proximity to other kinds of spoonbills or herons.

Species are:
Ibis, black ibis, big ibis, northern bald ibis, rubicund ibis, white ibis, yellow necked ibis, Nagao ibis, green ibis, bare faced ibis, American ibis, coloured ibis, coloured crest ibis.


Please note that there are various subspecies in each category.
Too many to mention; they are listed on Wikipedia.

In its own way, all this is fascinating information. That steady diet of crustaceans is enviable, especially to people such as myself (seafood eating Dutch Americans with a tendency toward gout), and, I would imagine, nearly the entire population of Chinatown.

It is probably a jolly good thing that the Cantonese are not threskiornids, though they might wish to be reincarnated as such.
If they were, I would have to avoid all of my favourite restaurants.
No more pork, but crawdaddies everywhere.


No tables. No plates.
Just mud.



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2 comments:

e-kvetcher said...

And speaking of Cantonese...

The back of the hill said...

Many of those I have not seen or heard before. Thanks for the link thereto.

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