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Note about the bird 'An t-Ian Bùchain' [pin-tail duck], 1883

Identifier: Coll-97/CW87/3

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Note about the bird 'An t-Ian Bùchain' [pin-tail duck]. Carmichael describes how the bird is plentiful on Harris [Na Hearadh] and Barra [Barraigh] and that as with other birds, tunes have been written to mimic its call. He describes its migration pattern and habits when in the Western Isles as well as its call, writing, 'Each bird is supposed to sing over and over, singly and in convert:– “Clann-ac anndaidh, Clann-ac-anndaidh” There was a tribe of people in Bearnary [Beàrnaraigh/Bernaray] Called Clann Mhic Anndaidh probably from some their imitation of this bird.'


  • Creation: 1883

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From the Series: 41 folios ; 18 x 23 cm

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Physical Location

folio 2v, line 1 to folio 3r, line 22

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Carmichael, Alexander, Carmina Gadelica, vol II (Edinburgh, 1900) pp 312-315

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