What's in a name?
Ed Harris must have been basking in the warm glow of Audubon's recognition
in the Latin name of that raptor, as Audubon's drawing of what is now known
as *Parabuteo unicinctus* was labelled
Louisiana Hawk (Buteo harris) in his *The Birds of America
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Birds_of_America>* (published, London
1827–38) as Plate 392.
Harris (if still alive) was pleased all over again when his name became the
English name too, with improved spelling,
as :Harris's Hawk", even though the Latin name rudely dropped "*harris*"
when it was changed to *Parabuteo unicinctus*
Then at some point, the English name changed to Bay-winged Hawk. When was
that, I wonder?
By the time of Peterson's first western field guide in 1941, the
descriptive "Bay-winged" name had
been changed to "Harris's Hawk".
All along the birds did not seem to care what name they carried, as
they carried on.
Joe Roller, Denver
On Fri, Feb 9, 2018 at 10:34 AM, Robert Righter <rorigh...@earthlink.net>
> Ed Harris of course! Harris was a friend of J.J. Audubon during the early
> 1800s. Audubon valued close friendships and often honored those
> friendships by naming a bird after that person. In 1837 the Harris’s Hawk,
> illustrated by Audubon, was introduced to the world with the publication of
> Birds of North America.
> Harris’s Hawk is locally found throughout the Americas and utilizes one
> of the most sophisticated cooperative hunting techniques known to birds.
> The Hawk is a favorite amongst falconers because of its skills in hunting
> varied assortment of prey as well as its ease in trainability.
> Bob Righter
> Denver CO
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