Shoot the Messager? How the Secretarybird Sagittarius serpentarius got its names (mostly wrong)

@article{Glenn2018ShootTM,
  title={Shoot the Messager? How the Secretarybird Sagittarius serpentarius got its names (mostly wrong)},
  author={Ian Glenn},
  journal={Ostrich},
  year={2018},
  volume={89},
  pages={287 - 290}
}
  • I. Glenn
  • Published 3 July 2018
  • Philosophy
  • Ostrich
Research into the etymology of various names for the Secretarybird Sagittarius serpentarius reveals a comedy of errors from Vosmaer, his French translator, Buffon, Sonnerat, and Miller to Fry. The research suggests that the name Sagittarius resulted from a misunderstanding in Holland and that Buffon introduced the name Messager in error. The Arabic root proposed for the name by Fry in 1977 is historically implausible and linguistically illogical. 
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