The red grape variety was formerly grown in Austrian Styria, as well as in today's Croatia and Slovenia. Synonyms include Blue Bird Grape, Cane, Ghagweinbeer, Gush Uzyum, Maiden Grape, Kleinblauer Wildbacher, Menekowna, Muhovnek, Pticjak, Pticrjak, Spätblauer Wildbacher, Tizhna, Tizhniak, Tizhnik, Venizhona and Vogelweinbeere. The name may derive from the fact that the berries were very much eaten by birds. The Ampelograph Hermann Goethe (1837-1911) mentions the vine in his handbook of the ampelography "as completely worthless, wild and small-berry grapes". The acidified wine was mostly used for the production of vinegar used. The Italian Oseleta may be the same or related. Some synonyms (see above) indicate the variety Blue Wildbacher out. The Ampelograph Franz Xaver Debris (1800-1858) determined in his 1841 published work "Systematic Classification and description of occurring in the Duchy of Styria grape varieties" the bird grape as a parent plant of this Styrian vine. There was also a variety of white bird grape that as table grape was used.