A Fun Word


Australia has several species of unique birds. That itself is not unusual for Australia.

But what really makes story interesting is the name of one of these birds.

Let’s first go ahead and define a couple of terms here.

A Riflebird is a velvety black Australian bird of paradise with green and purple iridescence on head and tail. This definition is from a 1913 Webster’s Dictionary, and all the Internet and mainstream dictionaries seem to have copied it word for word. It got it’s name from the whistling sound it makes when it calls.

Victoria was the queen of England when the English-speaking explorers became aware of such birds in Australia.

So the Victoria’s Riflebird (AKA the Ptiloris victoriae if you are an ornithologist) is a bird found in part of Australia that was discovered in the 19th century.

However, well before the scientists and the English speaking people arrived in Australia, the Aborigines were already there.

They called the bird, the “duwuduwu”.

A delightful tongue twister!

It’s a fun word to play with and one might be able to win a bet, with a question like this, “Can you name an eight-lettered word that has four U’s in it?”

Remember, you heard it from here first!

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