French Bird Names

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Below is a list of all species of birds recorded in North America (including escaped and unconfirmed records) and their French names. The names come from the AOU checklist and Avibase. If you see any mistakes please add a comment or send corrections to me.

Updated 14 Aug 2011 with new AOU splits and three corrections thanks to Michel Gosselin.

[Note: tables are currently not displaying, but I hope to have this fixed and the table updated by 20 Jan 2020]

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13 thoughts on “French Bird Names”

  1. I have a cooking dish with a picture of a bird and the name Le Danneau. What is the English name for this bird? Thanks.

    1. Hi Ron, I don’t know of a bird that goes by that name, maybe it has to do with the maker of the dish and not a bird? Or maybe some readers who know more French can help out?

      1. Yes, this is right, this is “Le Vanneau”, the font is weird and the V seems to be a D, but if you look closely, there should be a saying “Oeufs de Vanneau”, which means “Lapwing’s eggs”.

  2. In the Rushmere publications website there is a description of two copies of a French Avicultural journal called L’Oiseau. An extract on the website has a photo of MHD Astley et ses Agamis. I wondered what the English word for an Agamis would be? It is not in the list of N American names. There is one of these birds in memorial window in our local church to this Astley chap and I have often wondered what sort of a bird it was.

  3. enjoy the list of French,Latin and English names side by side by why
    is there no order to either of the three French,English and Latin names
    in alphabetical order? -In the future could there be a program issue
    put to access the names all alphabetical in either French or English
    or Latin order of bird names??-It seems only logical and time efficient- Louis P. Ottawa Canada

    1. Agree with Louis Poulin re: strange alphabetisation. Also agree that having French, English and Latin side-by-side in North America is of absolutely non-trivial value, and I wish more publications would follow suit.
      (Canada is bilingual English-French; case could also be made for Spanish — personally, the more languages the better!)
      Thank you.

  4. Hi, there used to be a listing of bird names and their French names. I can’t seem to find it anymore. If still available could you please send me link. Thank you.

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