In October, there was an article about bird types related to email. Basically, what some scientists did was compare email styles with birds. Are you a person who obsessively checks the email–if yes, they called you a compulsive woodpecker–someone who would read email no matter what time it was. Here are some of their other categories:
- Hibernating Poorwill: Reads email only occasionally so that senders can never rely on them.
- Caterwauling Peacock: Broadcasts emails to all and sundry, claiming that people “need to know” when actually is just grandstanding.
- Back-Covering Emu: Sends emails in order to be able to prove, at a later date, that the information was passed on.
- Echoing Mynah: Acknowledges all emails. For example engages in exchange something like: “thanks”, then “my pleasure”, then “thanks again”.
- Boorish Parrot: Sends abusive or inappropriate emails and fails to understand why others get upset by them.
- Night Owl: The midnight emailer, who fails to understand that others do wish to have “time out”.
Of course, I don’t fit into any of those categories. I’m a robin by definition and by lifestyle. Challenge me if you disagree. For the full list of types, see the full article at