Out of interest, does anyone here know of any interesting obscure or old names for animals that are/were taxonomically incorrect? To clarify, I am not referring to very commonly-used names for animals. i.e. the New Zealand, Australian, and South American Bellbirds are not closely related to each other, but because they are all most commonly referred to as, 'Bellbirds', none of them count. Likewise, the American Robin is a Thrush and is not closely related to the European Robin that it is named after, but because it is most often referred to as a, 'Robin', it does not count. As a final example, the Magpie Goose is not in the same family as all other geese, but because it is most often referred to as a, 'Goose', it does not count. Obviously, alternate names that do not refer to a different species of animal do not count, either; e.g. Grey Jay = 'Whisky Jack', or Chimpanzee = 'Soko'. Here are some examples that I know of: -On Saint Helena island, the Brown Booby is sometimes called a, 'Duck', the Common Moorhen is sometimes called a, 'Water Duck', and the Red Fody is referred to as a, 'Cardinal', or a, 'Robin'. -'Soland Goose', and, 'Highland Goose', are both old names used to refer to the Northern Gannet in the UK. -The Corncrake had several archaic names that referred to it as a type of quail. -An alternate name for the Greater Coucal is, 'Crow Pheasant'. -An alternate name for the Hoatzin is/was, 'Canje Pheasant'. -I think that small brown birds are sometimes referred to as, 'Sparrows', in places where true Sparrows do not occur; an example of this is the Pitcairn Reed-warbler on Pitcairn Island. -The Bornean Bristlehead has previously been known as the, 'Bald-headed Crow', and, 'Bristled Shrike'. -In Australia, Quolls were at one time referred to as, 'Native Cats'. -In New Zealand, the Common Brushtail Possum is sometimes jokingly referred to as the, 'Tree Bear' (which is also the name given to their meat in the countries that their meat is exported to).