‘Racist’ Bird Names Banned by Sweden

The Local, February 20, 2015

Sweden’s Ornithological Society has banned several names for birds following concerns that they sound racist, after completing the first official guide to bird names in Swedish.

Four different bird species which include the word “neger” (“negro”) have been renamed using “svart” (“black”) instead.

Other feathered creatures known as “swifts” in English will no longer be called “kaffer” in Swedish. This word, which can also be spelt “caffer” and “kaffir” is a racist term that has been used by white South Africans towards black South Africans.

So white-rumped swifts will now be known as “vitgumpseglare” in Swedish.

“Hottentott”, a species of dabbling duck is also being renamed because the word “Hottentot” is a derogatory term for a group of indigenous people called the “Khoikhoi” living in South Africa. The term is thought to refer to their language, which includes clicking sounds.

“Zigenarfågel” which translates as “gypsy bird” will take the name “hoatzin”, the English word already used to describe a type of tropical pheasant found in swamps and forests.

“We haven’t had an official list of what all the birds in the world are called in Swedish until now, we just had an unofficial list put together about ten years ago,” Anders Wirdheim Information Officer at Sweden’s Ornothological Society told The Local.

“We kept getting more and more questions from translators of Swedish TV programmes and books wanting to know what exactly different bird names were or meant, so we decided to compile a list and while we were doing that we decided to change the names of any birds that could have stirred up a debate,” he added.

The full list of Swedish bird names was completed three weeks ago after several years of research and includes translations for 10,709 different species.

Bird watching is a popular hobby among nature-loving Swedes. Around 17,000 are members of Sweden’s Ornothological Society and the group estimates that a total of 30 to 40,000 people across the country participate in the sport on a regular basis.

There has been little debate about the name changes in the Swedish media, although plenty of bird fans have been tweeting photos or drawings of the animals in question.

“I thought it would be a few reactions, but there have not been so many,” Erling Jirle a researcher at the University of Lund and bird enthusiast told Swedish newspaper Sydvenskan.

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  • JackKrak

    We’re going to have to come up with a new name for “black” one day. It will probably be something along the lines of “Wonderflurple” or “Betterwhite”…

    • Oil Can Harry

      How about we call them KFC-Americans?

      • propagandaoftruth

        They gonna rename the nappy headed ho bird? Imus got pecked pretty hard by that one.

        • Cid Campeador

          It was sickening to see him groveling before Al Sharpton liar, inciter to riot, murder and arson, tax cheater and all around dirty, filthy, perverted son of a bitch.

      • bilderbuster


        • Speedy Steve


      • Robert Smith


    • Jason Lewis

      I don’t like bowling pins being white with red necks.

    • Mister_Carson

      That’s doubleplus good.

      • propagandaoftruth

        Quack quack spake the duckspeaker!

    • Anna Tree

      And after a few years we will need to find a new term because “Wonderflurple” has become associated with crimes.

      What amaze me is that whites found names for 10’000 birds in dozens of European languages but other races couldn’t find the need to count after three or name colors. And now, Europeans will invent more names for many birds to not offend people who call birds, birds.

    • Hah … “Betterwhite” you, sir, are truly fluent in newspeak!

    • Speedy Steve


    • Jesse_from_Sweden

      You mean “non-white”?
      Sorry, media already know that one….

    • Netti Seagoon

      Try, Blank.

    • Speedy Steve

      African swallows.

  • MekongDelta69

    You just cannot make up the level of ludicrousness of which all these articles tell.

    • The concept of “racism” in a bird’s name is pretty well over-the-top. I propose that while they’re at it, they rename the great white, the oceanic whitetip and blacktipped reef sharks.

      • Speedy Steve

        I’m more concerned about tolerance for “great whites.”

  • dd121

    Thanks for the bird advice, comrade.

  • IstvanIN

    The Swedes are completely, incurably mad.

    • Carney3

      And the usual scapegoats for this suicidal insanity are and always have been effectively absent from Sweden. The real problem is within ourselves, not the distraction myopically over emphasized by the obsessives.

    • Jason Lewis

      Feminism is rampant there. Where is that warrior blood they had?

      • Alexandra1973

        Seems they got pretty well feminized. And I say this as a woman.

        Call me crazy, but I like for men to be masculine and women to be feminine.

        • Veritas

          Sweden is a nation of emasculated metrosexual men who allow their women to be raped by third world savages. Like zombies, they continue to vote for the leftist politicians who bring the third world invaders in. Along with Britain, they are the World’s worst example of leftist lunacy run amok, and the self-inflicted genocide progressing like a cancer through all White western nations.

      • Garrett Brown

        Never really had it, most vikings were Danish/Norwegian.

    • Dr.Bazzi

      The Swedish mind is a terrible waste, who knows it.

    • bilderbuster

      All the signs were there when Stockholm Syndrome was first diagnosed but how were we to know it would infect the whole nation?

    • AndrewInterrupted

      When DNA testing really hits its stride, the origins of the white
      guilt gene will be found in Sweden. Those poor people are terminal.

  • Susannah

    Some of these people have WAY too much time on their hands to dream up this nuttiness.
    But given the way Sweden appears to be heading, there will seriously be very few of their extreme egalitarian nutcases remaining as they will soon be demographically obliterated.

  • RacialRay

    We hang birdfeeders in our yard and over the years, a few things have become very obvious. The songbirds are small, beautiful and a joy to welcome, in all seasons. But they get crowded out and scared off in springtime by the larger, aggressive, ugly, black starlings and grackles. Its always a sad day when the grackles return to the northeast, for they and the starlings flock by the hundreds, causing havoc. They create a racket, drive off the more desirable species’, run off with all the seed and make a mess of the yard. I have a few choice nicknames for these species that the faint-hearted Swedes would certainly not approve of.

    Sound like any other group of feral creatures in the news lately?

    • Nancy

      You know, my grandmother enjoyed her bird feeder very much and complained of the same things. She’d actually go outside, throw rocks at the ugly black birds, and scream curses at them in Italian.

      • RacialRay

        Italian, German, French – I’ve tried them all. Ebonics is my go-to tongue these days. Squares nicely with my mood lately, too.

    • Nancy

      The only thing missing is the bird’s ability to throw it’s own poop. They should take lessons from our pet cockatiel.

    • I’m going with Homo Ferus Africanus.

    • Kenner

      The Grackles are native, but the Starlings are vibrant diversity imported from the old world. Starlings drove our Bluebirds to the edge of extinction by out-competing them for nesting holes. Human maintained nest boxes on ‘Bluebird trails’ brought them back.

      • Kenner

        Maybe Habitat for Humanity could build some ‘nesting boxes’ for the indigenous Swedes.

    • LeonNJ

      I’m in New Jersey and those grackles flew in all of the sudden this week. We throw seeds on the ground for our sparrows, mourning doves and the juncos who are here for the winter, but the party gets ruined when those youths get loud and fly in all wild and crazy.

    • Cid Campeador

      Grackles are by far the most obnoxious birds on the Planet. I’ve seen them sweep down on people carrying take out food and literally knock the boxes our of their hands. They’re the “Flying YOUTHS”.

  • superlloyd

    Sweden is finished.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    You just have to keep in mind that Sweden is the country that gave us Gunnar Myrdal…’nuff said.

    • H. Leonskoi

      I call him Gunnar Mierda. I like to give him a sort of Spanish last name that is appropriate.

  • Nancy

    In unrelated news, Crayola crayons, owned and manufactured by Crayola, LLC, has announced plans to rename their black crayons, paints, and markers with the less controversial name, “Midnight Sky”, in response to recent allegations that it’s traditional color name, “black”, translated to “negro” in Spanish.

    “Our company has always prided itself on diversity and inclusion”, said a company spokesperson in response to allegations that the black crayon has experienced systemic racism amid the other colors in the box of 64. “We are very proud of ALL our crayon colors, and want to see them all receive fair and equal treatment. No crayon shall feel inferior to its fellows.”

    • Tim_in_Indiana

      What they are unwittingly saying is that there is something wrong with the color black. No other race could completely besmirch the name of a color.

    • Carney3

      I can’t tell if this is for real.

      • Kenner

        Nancy is sharper than the average crayon.

    • propagandaoftruth

      One way I make a quick judgment about a small kid’s IQ is the crayon test.
      Hold up a red crayon, ask what the red crayon tastes like. The kid will likely say strawberry or cherry, or red. Nope, it tastes like crayon.

      Repeat with other colors until the kid gets it and responds with “crayon” to the question twice in a row. If it takes more than two…

      Which is why if I had the capital I’d make and market edible crayons that tasted yummy. And coloring books.

  • Sloppo

    The “anti-racists” are making Sweden a much more racist place because their efforts are facilitating the replacement of a less-racist ethnic group (native swedes) with islamic colonists which tend to be very racist.

  • B.A_2014

    Can we just give up on Sweden already.

  • propagandaoftruth

    Hey Robert. I like you, mate. You Aussies are more incomprehensible than we Southern crackers. I respect that.

    So, just wondering…

    How many sub-Saharan blacks or their descendants have you ever dealt with on an intimate and regular basis? I, as a White son of the South, judge all other minorities and non-Whites based on the negro scale. Are these non-Whites or questionably Whites as pleasant and bright and industrious and peaceful as the negro, and if not, is this person anywhere near as depraved as me, an evil Southern White Man?

    In general, the closer to negro in appearance, behavior, and accomplishment, the less I cozen to.

    And Islam is a black religion in more than the moral sense. High yeller at best.

    Just wondering. Don’t want to get you in trouble with the Aussie thought police. Are they as bad as in UK?

  • John Smith

    They named a street in town after black boxer Ezzard Charles, but most people still call it “Lincoln Park Drive.” These PC clowns can do what they want, but I doubt that it will stick, even in Sweden. Ever see how many Confederate flags they have at the Power Big Meet in Västerås?

  • Anna Tree

    It’s not only Sweden, there was a row in the US about the color name flesh for bras:
    “Bras Are Now Racist Because They Come in ‘Nude’ – A college-paper editorial board declares bras and Band-Aids an example of white privilege.”
    nationalreview com/article/387639/bras-are-now-racist-because-they-come-nude-katherine-timpf

    • And what’s truly pathetic about both of those stories, is the fact that if there was a single enterprising negro among the whole lot of their pathetic people, he could have likely become stupidly rich by creating “ebony-aids” colored bandages. And “Bubble Butt Booty Nude” (blechh…) undergarments, filling a gap in the market that whites should have no concern over.

      But instead, they would much rather whine, wail, cry, and have much gnashing of teeth as if stricken with a horrible plague, crying out to the evil white man about how rayciss’ they be for not catering to them in every facet of … well, everything!

      • An enterprising black gal could easily custom-dye her own underclothes. Wood stains come in a huge variety of colors, and would only require a trip to the nearest hardware store.

        • BlueSonicStreak

          Black ballet dancers already die their shoes. No one makes brown pointe shoes, apparently. (Hugely unprofitable, I’m assuming, given the incredibly small number of black ballet dancers.)

          There’s actually brands of black/brown band-aids available, but who knows how well they’re doing. The first ones I ever heard of were literally called “Ebon-Aide,” so Wholly Unconvinced was very close. But that company folded.

          Now, at the rate the non-white population is growing, you would have thought that major bandage retailers would have made small brown-colored lines of bandages ages ago.

    • meanqueen

      Oh my God. I have to stop coming to this site. It’s making me despondent.

    • Never buy beige bandaids anyways. Always buy the “Angry Vitgumpseglare” band-aides which are red, yellow, and midnight shaded.

  • John Smith

    They’re sucking other things besides sap these days.

  • Alexandra1973

    LOL I haven’t heard that phrase since I was a child…my uncle said it all the time!

    • Kenner

      it’s a real bird.

  • propagandaoftruth

    But there’s a small animal holocaust of marsupial varmints because of cats, right?

    Cats, amazingly adaptable, highly complex killing machines. Poor marsupial varmints don’t stand a chance, I’m afraid.

  • Germanicus

    One thinks it will snap soon.

  • Evette Coutier

    This is just pathetic. The Swedes should hang their heads low with embarrassment.

  • Ella

    Many scientific names have Latin roots so there are plenty of “DoDo'” birds among the SOS flock! Boredom can lead to insanity.

  • Cobbett

    Equality and Tolerance is the route the Totalitarian Police State.

  • Vlad Tepes

    Explain to every sane person you know that pejorative and derogatory are not exact synonyms. A derogatory word is a disparagement aimed falsely, where a pejorative is a positive word which becomes negative over time due to association. Any word used to describe a group of people who have a reputation for bad behaviour will metamorphosize into a pejorative. It wouldn’t matter if you called them God-men. The cultmarxists first tugged our heart strings and then threatened us with punishment if we refuse to go along with this cyclical re-naming. Negro to black to colored to Afro American, Immigrant to undocumented, Jew to Jewish, it’s all part of the left’s war on free thought. Just let your friends know that going along with this is a dreadful mistake, and that it is a subversive assault – NOT genteel conduct.

    • Tim

      In my world it went from Colored to Negro to Black to African American….

  • Fiat Lux

    It might be worth mentioning that the birds in question are not indigenous to Sweden, or, indeed, Europe in most cases. These bird names were completely unknown to all but a few specialists. The lack of a public outcry against the name changes is not all that remarkable, in my opinion.

  • I think a lot of the name change mania is a desire for social signaling. If you call this bird by its politically correct name and not the name it has been called for years, you’re signaling to the right people that you’re a right kind of person, and not one of those awful untouchable white bigots.

  • shmo123

    The national bird of Sweden should be the “Yellow tufted Lunatic” which pretty much describes the mental state of that sickeningly PC country.

  • Jesse_from_Sweden

    Sweden has been a far-Left insane asylum for a long time. The problem is that the left has gotten more insane over time.

    Originally, the left in Sweden had a far stronger stranglehold on swedish politics, but the their politics was more in line with reality.

    And Sweden is changing, the “right-wing extremist racist, nazi extrememist haters extreme extremists” of the Sweden democrats are gaining votes like crazy.

    From being non-existant to doubling their votes in every election. They are now the third largest party in Sweden and it’s growth hasn’t slowed down.

    As for the bird names, it mostly applies to obscure bird names that noone other than ornithologists would even know of anyways.

    Also, “So white-rumped swifts will now be known as “vitgumpseglare” in Swedish.”, isn’t as menacing as it sounds.
    White = vit
    rump = gump.
    So all they did was make it’s name a more direct translation from english……

    • Svettdemokraterna2018

      The sweden democrats are not the radicals you think they are.

  • H. Leonskoi

    The melanocrats are mentally ill. They need to be exposed as the ridiculous insane creatures that they are. The worst among them are the white traitors.

  • H. Leonskoi

    There is already a name for the Swedish white traitors whos existence is centered around promoting malanocracy: Cuckold. We’d be better off without that traitor filth.

  • H. Leonskoi

    A western “anti-racist”: PIMP Proud Idiotic Melanin Promoter.

  • H. Leonskoi

    A Ferguson Protester: Light skulled store sacker.

  • H. Leonskoi

    Victim of white racial violence: fibber finch.

  • H. Leonskoi

    Svartisk Skolkare Fogelet.

  • MBlanc46

    Sweden, apparently, is lost.

  • Jared Arrevois

    Q: What’s the fastest bird in the world? A: The Somalian chicken.

  • propagandaoftruth

    Robert’s not answering my question, above. He’s your responsibility since you’re both Aussies.

    I know you guys don’t all speak strine, but I lived with a Striny tennis player in college. He was from Bumfudge Rock or something and I still couldn’t understand more than half what that kid said after living with him a semester.

    But he was pleasant and self absorbed, and I learned about Vegemite.

    I had always thought that “Men at Work” song about the Australian guy travelling around the world had the line “I gave him (or he gave me?) a betchya I might sandwich”, assuming that meant somebody got punched, you know.

    When I learned it was a “vegemite sandwich” rather than a “Betchya I might” sandwich, I admit I was a tad disappointed.
    Regardless, Robert has yet to reply, and more power to him, so as the next most obvious Aussie here, guess I’m kind of passing the football to you.

    I’m bored and tired, mate. I like Aussies. When I like people I mess with ’em. Specially Aussies for some reason.

  • This just brought up a critical issue. We urgently need a new name for “Black Holes”. These are racist due to their name & they were probably discovered by white people.

    Gravity sinkholes? Nah everything has gravity. We need something more specific.

    I vote for “Abnomolies Having Observable Light Effects”. Stays away from blackness (even if they used to be black) and does creditable justice to the white discoverer. The acronym is probably banned on this site tho.

  • UncleSham

    Not enough people are openly racist these days. SJWs need to constantly create new politically correct rules so that they can catch someone slipping up. Then they get to point their finger and say “racist!”, which makes them feel like they are morally and intellectually superior. I almost want to say its sad, but no, its just really annoying.

    • chrissie

      There ARE enough people openly racist today, but they are not white.

  • Sam

    Thank goodness at least ONE country finally did this! Over the past century alone, untold millions of innocent people have suffered irreversible damage from ill-considered bird names.

  • Robert Smith

    From “neger” to svartzes? That was a big help. The Swedes need an intervention.

  • BillMiller66

    Meanwhile, Sweden has become the rape capital of Europe. with the second highest number of reported rapes in the world, after
    South Africa, which at 53.2 per 100,000 is six times higher than the
    United States. Everyone in law enforcement knows that the overwhelming majority of these rapes are committed by immigrants from Islamic countries even though they dare not say so publicly.
    In the totalitarian ideology of political correctness, we’re supposed to be offended not by the wave of sexual violence driven by insane immigration policies but by “racist” bird names. Political correctness, contemporary liberalism, cultural Marxism – call it what you will – is a mental disorder that will lead to “rivers of blood” and the destruction of European civilization the world over.

  • Singingbird1

    We need more Great White sharks to redress the balance.There are plenty in Aussie waters,can you send a few over to the U.K. to help Nigel Farage in May’s General Election ?

  • ElComadreja

    The Swedes are suicidal morons. The ghosts of their ancestors must weep.

  • MBlanc46

    I’m perplexed that the mods deleted my comment, “Sweden, apparently, is lost”. There were no offensive words. Perhaps I offended the Leftwing Swedes who are responsible for the loss of Sweden, but I wouldn’t have thought that AmRen mods would have had much sympathy for their feelings. Perhaps they believe that I’m wrong and that Western civilization can be saved in Sweden. I certainly hope that they’re correct, but I don’t see much evidence that there’s a policy here of deleting comments with which the mods disagree. I suppose that this comment, too, will go down the memory hole, but I would really appreciate some guidance as to how to stay on the safe side of the mod’s red pencil here.

    • Kenner

      It might be just a Disqus error.

      • Susannah

        Probably, I’ve had pretty innocuous comments mysteriously disappear.

      • MBlanc46

        Perhaps that’s it. Disqus is pretty clunky. However, the comment didn’t just disappear, it was marked Deleted.

  • Kenner


  • Cid Campeador

    Scandinavia is going to disappear soon. What the F is wrong with these people?

    • H. Leonskoi

      They are afflicted with the same pathologies as the American Multi-Culti Political Correctness “Anti-Racists.” They are afflicted with Narcissistic personality disorders. These “progressives” have taken on the attitudes of another famous group. They consider themselves to be a “light among the nations.” They will show the way for the benighted lesser beings of limited intellect. They consider themselves to be a higher form of life than the Conservatives, the less evolved ones. They consider themselves to be more intelligent and much more morally enlightened. They consider their opponents to be subhuman cattle who are beneath contempt.

  • Cid Campeador

    Actually I think that the Hottentots got their title due to something in their speech pattern.

  • Cid Campeador

    Burmese Pythons and African Rock Pythons are taking over the Florida Everglades. They’re killing off all the native species.

  • Speedy Steve

    I guess the jury is out on Yellow-bellied sap sucker. Queer orientals may get the feelings wounded.

  • whatodopeople?

    They’re going to have to rename the Tootsie Roll and the Black Cow candies next. The Candy Bar Project. Coming soon to Sweden, where they have one of the highest rates of rape in the world.

  • H. Leonskoi

    The Long-Legged Mack Daddy Bird.

  • H. Leonskoi

    When does this reach a point at which it will be admitted that this is communism?

  • Ronne99

    Another European country going over the cliff while yelling YAY! all the way down. Why not just ban the word white and re-name it negative-color. That way, everyone would be people of color, including the birds.