[Tweeters] Spuh Etymology

Joshua Glant josh.n.glant at gmail.com
Thu Apr 5 20:12:08 PDT 2018


"Spuh" is a way to verbalize the abbreviation "sp.", or "species", as used
in list databases such as eBird. It's for when you can't identify the
individual organism to species, as you said. Simple as that!

Good birding, Joshua Glant
Mercer Island

On Thu, Apr 5, 2018 at 7:37 PM, Vincent Lucas <vincentlucas5 at gmail.com>
wrote:


> The four-letter word(?) SPUH is used for difficult-to-identify groups of

> birds, like the Epidonax flycatchers, or for distant birds that can’t be

> identified to species? Hawkwatchers regularly cope with this problem. Does

> anyone know how this word came about? I assume it isn’t an acroynm,

> correct? I can’t find out much about it. Curious.

>

> Vincent Lucas

> Port Angeles, WA

> vincentlucas5 at gmail.com

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