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8 Animals With Misleading Names

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8 Animals With Misleading Names


Throughout history, animal species have been given names that just don’t seem to make any sense. Animals are named after places they aren’t even from, mammals named for foods they don’t even eat, or for vicious behavior they don’t even have. Yep, there are plenty of animals out there with strangely misleading names. Click through to check out some of them.

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1. Cape May Warbler.

You might think the Cape May Warbler is from Cape May, New Jersey, but you’d be wrong. The bird’s actual habitat is southeastern Canada, and parts of the midwest and Northeast of the United States, migrating to the West Indies in the winter. So what’s with the name? In 1831, father of American ornithology Alexander Wilson first spotted the species in Cape May, and wrongly assumed it was a native of the area. It took another century for a Cape May Warbler to actually be spotted in Cape May!

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Image Credit: William H. Majoros via Wikimedia Commons.


2. Ladybird.

Known in the United States as Ladybugs, the ladybird is not, of course, a bird at all — and only half of them are ladies! The name has its roots in England, where it has been known historically as, “Our Lady’s Bird,” and was closely associated with the Virgin Mary.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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4:06PM PDT on Jun 7, 2014

Thank you for sharing Katie. Interesting!

6:45AM PDT on May 29, 2014

interesting article, thanks for sharing :)

4:14PM PST on Dec 28, 2013

Interesting information. Thanx.

4:38PM PST on Nov 11, 2013

love this type of post. thank you!

3:54AM PST on Nov 9, 2013

The two species of Choloepus, or Two-Toed Sloth, actually have three toes and two fingers. The four species of Bradypus, or Three-Toed Sloths, also have three toes, but they have three fingers. To learn more about sloths please visit , where information about AIUNAU and its slothful projects can be read in English or Spanish. ¡Viva perezosos! Long live sloths!

Sloths, Anteaters and Armadillos make up the mammalian Order Xenarthra.

2:59PM PDT on Oct 24, 2013

Let's add Painted Dog (African Wild Dog) which are actually in the wolf family. Learn more of this highly social pack animal at

7:28AM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

Interesting. Thanks.

7:46PM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

interesting. ty

7:00AM PDT on Oct 13, 2013


5:38PM PDT on Oct 11, 2013

Thanks :)

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