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8 Animals With Misleading Names


7. American Robin.

The “American Robin” has been described as such since colonial times, taking its name from the European Robin, a species it resembles, but is not closely related to. One of the most abundant birds in North America, the American Robin is actually a member of the Thrush family; the European Robin is in the Flycatcher family.

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8. American Buffalo.

American buffalo may be from the Americas, but they sure aren’t buffalo. So what are they, then? They’re bison! There are only two true species of buffalo on the entire planet: the African Buffalo and the Asian Water Buffalo. And, these buffalo are are not all that related to the American buffalo. More closely related, however, is the European Bison.

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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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