Brno, Czech Republic
I am translating the book "Parrot and Olivier in America" by Peter Carey into the Czech language. The author uses many zoological terms, especially those related to birds. I have found many of them in various dictionaries, encyclopedias etc. But I have come across one which seems a bit strange to me. The main character's name or rather nickname is Parrot. He is looking at his friend's engravings (copperplates) depicting birds and is angry at him that he sells such works of art just for fifty cents a piece:
"On a low bench in a corner by the door there were more plates, higgledy-piggledy, not even protected by a sheet of paper. I took the uppermost one which happened to portray, by chance, a spoonbill parrot."
I have found that a "spoonbill" could be a kind of wading bird (or a fish), but I have found nowhere that it could also be a parrot. Is it a kind of author's mystification, the main character's mistake, or does any of you know a "spoonbill parrot"?
Thank you very much for any opinions, advice and help.
Just poppin on here and saw this. There is no spoon bill parrot. (I study psitticines). There is a rosate spoon bill that is a wading bird though :)
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