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Mother Carey's chicken
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Mother Carey's chicken: see petrelpetrel
, common name given various oceanic birds belonging, like the albatross and the shearwater, to the order known commonly as tube-nosed swimmers. There are two families of petrels: the storm petrels (Hydrobatidae) and the diving petrels (Pelecanoididae).
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Early sailors called them "Mother Carey's chickens
" a corruption of Mater Cara another name for the virgin Mary.
Indie pop duo Mother Carey's Chickens
, already well-known in the Midlands, raised the musical bar with one of their own songs.
Name: MOTHER CAREY'S CHICKENS
Age: 18 From: Harborne SHANA Carey will be performing with Mother Carey's Chickens
, the folk band created by her and her two brothers.