Jul 4, 2011
Have you ever wondered why a bird is called what it is? Or what the name means? Each month we’ll be looking at an intriguing bird name. First off, thanks to Celeste Paiva for this explanation of the Prothonotary Warbler. A prothonotary was a notary in the Byzantine court and the name later passed to a registrar in the Vatican, who wore golden yellow robes. An apt name given to the bird in 1770 by the Count of Buffon, a French aristocrat and naturalist.