Following Duncan's post about the Fabulous Fairy-wrens, you may be forgiven for wondering how many exceptional adjectives can be used in naming one genus of birds. The Malurus clan must be a contender as the most gushingly named group, including as it does, the Lovely Fairy-wren, the Splendid Fairy-wren and the Superb Fairy-wren. The other family notorious for its excitable nomenclature is the
This bird is called the black-throated bushtit, and no, we're not making it up. Also known as the black-throated tit, the beautiful fellow is only about 10.5 centimeters (4 inches) small and 4-9 grams (0.14-0.317 ounces) light.