Officials call if a bird is out of bounds, to keep score, make sure players follow rules and make sure serves are legal.
racket net and a bird
the bird, or birdie is what the players hit back and forth. it is in the shape of a cone.
its d ball like in tennis but played different
I believe it was simply that there were just better mintons out there and badminton was necessarily BAD but it was just easier to call it that and be done with it.
Badminton begins when a player hits the bird up in the air to determine a server. When it lands, the team it points to serves first.