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ANDY WANT A CRACKER ?

When "Bird Talk" magazine surveyed readers as to the most popular names for their birds, the following data emerged:

The No. 1 bird name, for no particular reason, is Andy.

Spanish names -- Paco, Chico, Lolita, Domingo, Rojo and Rio -- often are given to South American birds. Sinbad, Popeye, Jaco, Smokey, King Kong and Dorian are names given to birds of African origin.

Also, native Australian cockatiels and cockatoos are often called Sydney. That makes sense, eh blokes?

Bird owners report that they choose names from mythology, literature, television, phone books and dictionaries. But why, we ask, would anyone call their pet "Webster's" or "American Heritage"?