The RAINBIRD Family History Resource

The RAINBIRD Family History Resource

 
 
The Oxford English Dictionary defines RAINBIRD as a bird said to foretell rain by its cry (see http://www.xrefer.com/entry/418894). The Green Woodpecker is one such bird and native of East Anglia, it is believed that this is the origin of the name RAINBIRD. The Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis) is native to much of mainland Europe from France in the West stretching into Russia in the East and from Scandinavia in the North down to the Mediterranean and Baltic states in the south. It is also found in the Southern United Kingdom and some middle eastern states. I have chosen the Green Woodpecker as the logo for this site for this reason. A search of the internet for RAINBIRD reveals that the species of bird differs with the continent.
 
Many nations have used the Green Woodpecker on their stamps and a few of them are shown below. If you would like to see more details on these stamps go to http://www.bird-stamps.org/species/99183.htm.

 

 
Further information on the Green Woodpecker can be found at these 2 sites, http://www.uksafari.com/greenwoodpecker.htm & http://www.birdsofbritain.co.uk/bird-guide/green-woodpecker.htm. And if you want to know what one sounds like all you have to do is click here.  Further information on the Green Woodpecker can be found at these 2 sites, http://www.uksafari.com/greenwoodpecker.htm & http://www.birdsofbritain.co.uk/bird-guide/green-woodpecker.htm. And if you want to know what one sounds like all you have to do is click here. 

 

 

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