The most common bird name adjectives

Bird names in their common form usually have the following syntax: (adjective) (bird-type noun). For example: Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Grey Catbird, Australian Pelican. There are of course a few exceptions like Emu. For the birds that do have adjectives in their name, what are the most common adjectives that occur in the adjective part?

Black Bittern: Black is the most common adjective in bird names in their common form. Spotted in Australia in Kakadu National Park on the Yellow Water.

If you take the IOC list for example, here are the top 100 starting with the most common:

  1. black : 101 birds
  2. gray : 78 birds
  3. african : 72 birds
  4. lesser : 71 birds
  5. common : 66 birds
  6. white-throated : 66 birds
  7. brown : 65 birds
  8. little : 64 birds
  9. great : 63 birds
  10. spotted : 63 birds
  11. northern : 58 birds
  12. blue : 58 birds
  13. mountain : 54 birds
  14. crested : 52 birds
  15. green : 50 birds
  16. western : 50 birds
  17. southern : 49 birds
  18. new : 49 birds
  19. greater : 48 birds
  20. white-browed : 48 birds
  21. white-bellied : 46 birds
  22. island : 46 birds
  23. long-tailed : 46 birds
  24. rufous : 45 birds
  25. madagascar : 44 birds
  26. black-headed : 44 birds
  27. eurasian : 43 birds
  28. dusky : 42 birds
  29. gray-headed : 42 birds
  30. black-throated : 42 birds
  31. white-winged : 39 birds
  32. eastern : 38 birds
  33. bush : 37 birds
  34. pied : 36 birds
  35. cape : 34 birds
  36. collared : 34 birds
  37. red-billed : 33 birds
  38. reed : 33 birds
  39. black-capped : 32 birds
  40. indian : 32 birds
  41. black-faced : 32 birds
  42. hooded : 31 birds
  43. philippine : 31 birds
  44. white-tailed : 31 birds
  45. leaf : 31 birds
  46. yellow-billed : 30 birds
  47. yellow-throated : 30 birds
  48. long-billed : 28 birds
  49. golden : 28 birds
  50. andean : 26 birds
  51. sooty : 26 birds
  52. sulawesi : 26 birds
  53. yellow : 26 birds
  54. barred : 25 birds
  55. american : 25 birds
  56. yellow-bellied : 25 birds
  57. spectacled : 24 birds
  58. red : 24 birds
  59. masked : 24 birds
  60. javan : 24 birds
  61. rufous-tailed : 24 birds
  62. chinese : 23 birds
  63. australian : 22 birds
  64. white-headed : 22 birds
  65. banded : 22 birds
  66. black-billed : 22 birds
  67. papuan : 22 birds
  68. short-tailed : 22 birds
  69. black-bellied : 21 birds
  70. pacific : 21 birds
  71. himalayan : 21 birds
  72. peruvian : 21 birds
  73. slaty : 21 birds
  74. thick-billed : 21 birds
  75. black-backed : 21 birds
  76. yellow-breasted : 21 birds
  77. pygmy : 21 birds
  78. white-rumped : 21 birds
  79. slender-billed : 21 birds
  80. white-fronted : 20 birds
  81. plain : 20 birds
  82. chestnut-bellied : 20 birds
  83. giant : 20 birds
  84. forest : 20 birds
  85. striated : 20 birds
  86. islands : 19 birds
  87. japanese : 19 birds
  88. rock : 19 birds
  89. ashy : 19 birds
  90. cuban : 19 birds
  91. red-headed : 19 birds
  92. south : 18 birds
  93. andaman : 18 birds
  94. white-breasted : 18 birds
  95. sri : 18 birds
  96. lanka : 18 birds
  97. rican : 18 birds
  98. olive : 18 birds
  99. green-backed : 18 birds
  100. sunda : 17 birds

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