They named them the same...now maybe my Trek history is rusty, but Klingons had the "Bird of Prey" and Romulan's, even in the old days it was always called a "Romulan Warbird".
I've noticed a total lack of "War Bird" when it comes to any named Romulan ships....am I confused here? Cause I can swear that Romulan's never had a "Bird of Prey".
Your Trek is very rusty. The first "Bird of Prey" ever shown in Trek was Romulan, shown in Balance of Terror (TOS). Klingons only got Bird of Prey type ships because Kruge's ship in Star Trek III was originally intended to be a stolen Romulan ship in the initial script, and the name was never changed even after the reference to it being Romulan was removed.
The term "Warbird" wasn't actually used until the D'Deridex-class debuted in TNG.
I know it's somewhat silly. But I wanted to make sure I was wrong. lol
I was hoping there wasn't a slip like that IG...that would be rather ametuer of them.
I'm a 20 something. So most of my Trek knowledge comes from the movies and TNG onward. I've only seen the old TOS Balance of Terror like once. (Though i remember it was damned good)
For me, every "Bird of Prey" has been a Klingon ship because of that. They never really refer to them as a Bird of Prey later on when it comes to the Romulans. Hell Star Trek 6 even has a whole discussion about a "Bird of Prey" that can fire while cloaked. They never make any distinction that it's klingon or could even be romulan at all...
Alas. Shoddy writing I guess, but that's what happens when your franchise spans 50 years.
TOS: Romulan Bird of Prey
TMP: Klingon Bird of Prey
TNG: Romulan Warbird
ENT: re-introduced the Romulan Bird of Prey -> that is what we have ingame
ST XI: introduced Klingon D-7 or K'Tinga Cruisers (cant realy tell since everything was redone for XI) as KLINGON WARBIRD
so in fact by now we can call every ship whatever we like and aren't realy wrong ...somehow
Sidenote: Picard called the Scimitar (Reman Warbird) a "Predator"