For some reason, throughout history, birds have been given some ridiculous names. Not their pet names – but the name of specific bird species.
These names have been so incredibly foolish that they could be used to insult other people.
Call someone a "bushtit" and I'm sure they'll think you conjured up something new, original and completely hilarious.
The truth is, a Bushtit is actually the name of a small woodland bird. The funny thing is, there are so many other situations like this.
If you’re looking for a name for your new bird, try naming them after one of THESE birds.
Alternatively, if you just want to have a laugh, check out our list of 60+ funny bird names -- and make sure to say the names out loud!
Once you get through our list of funny (but real) bird names, we have also included a bonus round of bird names that aren't hilariously Latin, but just quirky.
If elaborate, binomial names aren't your cup of tea, then the bonus name round is for you.
List of Funny Bird Names
This is an in-depth list of real bird names. For some bird names, we have included links in case you are interested in the origin or general information of the bird.
What bird name suits your pet bird best?
- Bushtit, Paalitriparus minimus
- Dickcissel Spiza Americana
- Great Tit Parus Major
- Himalayan Snowcock
- Tetraogallus himalayensis
- Andean Cock-of-the-rock
- Rupicola Peruvianus
- Masked BoobySula
- Titmouse Paridae
- Hoary Puffleg
- Haplophaedia Lugens
- Bananaquit (Coereba Flaveola)
- Chachalaca (Ortalis vetula)
- Blue-Footed Booby
- Kakapo Strigops Habroptila
- Smew Mergellus Albellus
- Red-billed Oxpecker
- Buphagus Erythrorhynchus
- Otoo Nyctibius
- Coot Fulica
- Kori Bustard
- Ardeotis Kori
- Woodcock Scolopax
- Common Shag
- Phalacrocorax Aristotelis
- Frogmouth (Podargus Strigoides)
- Limpkin Aramus Guarauna
- Pygmy Nuthatch
- Motmot Momotidae
- Hammerkop Scopus (umbretta)
- Godwit (Limosa)
- Shag Phalacrocorax verrucosus
- Jabiru (Jabiru mycteria)
- Puffbird Bucconidae
- Caprimulgus vociferus
- Corn Crake (Crex crex)
- Hoopoe Upupa epops
- Dunnock Prunella modularis
- Caprimulgus carolinensis
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)
- Crab Plover (Dromas ardeola)
- Jack Snipe
- Lymnocryptes minimus
- Abbott's Booby Papasula (abbotti)
- CockatielNymphicus (hollandicus)
- Tinamou Tinamidae
- Horned Guan Oreophasis (derbianus)
- Gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis papua)
- Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)
- Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus)
- Lappet-faced Vulture
- Torgos tracheliotos 5
- Chukar (Alectoris chukar)
- Little BitternIxobrychus minutus
- Rufescent Tiger-heron (Tigrisoma lineatum)
- AnhingaAnhinga anhinga
- Peruvian Boo
The Truth Behind Funny Bird Names
So, what do these bird names mean?
As funny as they sound, the birds that own these names are extremely fascinating and creatures.
Some may even think it's an HONOR to have a bird named after you as opposed to an insult, given their incredible evolutionary past.
Scientists are discovering new species of birds constantly. Every few of these birds are widespread enough to be given a common name, which is why they are given a binomial or Latin name.
Bonus Round: Funny Bird Names
Alright, so for all of you who are trying to find a name for your new pet bird, but aren't crazy about the Latin names we've provided, here's some equally-but-different hilarious names to call your feathered friend.
These names are more "punny" than funny. They also require a bit of pop culture and bird species knowledge – which may be fun for some.
For the names that require a bit more pop culture or bird species knowledge and background info than the others, we have provided links for your convenience.
- Rio Di Nero
- Tim McCaw
- Donald Stump
- Quakie Chan
- Steven Quawking
- Parrot Hilton
- Orlando Plume
- Bird Fur Brains
- Cali Gator
- Maryl Cheep
- Chick Jagger
- The Godfeather
- Charlie Chiplin
Funny Bird Names: Finale
There you have it! At this point, you have reviewed over 75 different funny bird names for your new feathered friend.
While there are tons of other bird names you can give your new bird, the best way to go about naming any pet or new member to the family is by getting to know him/her first.
Although birds don't have as loud of personalities as other pets, they still are very unique and special – depending on the type of bird you choose.
The most important thing to remember before welcoming a new bird into your home, is to give it enough space, proper food and lots of water or whatever special need your specific bird requires to stay happy.
Do you have any other funny bird name ideas? Let us know!