Lost in translation: 5 nonsense names
Named after its facial pattern and perky habits, but isn’t a tit and is not bearded. ‘Moustached reedling’ is more accurate.
Named after its head in breeding plumage, this should be the ‘brownhooded gull’ – except a species with that name already exists.
Named because the first specimens were shot near Dartford in Kent (in 1773). Really, it should be called the ‘gorse warbler’.
This bird’s grey back gives it its name, yet a much better moniker would be the more distinguished ‘lemonbellied wagtail’.
This woodland species’ name probably arose through confusion with the similar willow tit, which prefers wetlands. It should be ‘oak tit’.