Subject: RENs
From: (Russell Woodford)
Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2002 13:33:23 +1000
Wasn't there a ballot about 10 years ago to decide some of the more contentious 
"recommended english names"?  As an RAOU member I was included in the voting - 
were BOCA members as well?

Anyway, that seemed the basis for dropping things like Origma, Hylacola and 
Calamanthus in favour of the habitat-oriented "wren" names.  I prefer the 
former names because they are so distinctive.  Perhaps we should have bitten 
the bullet and opted for the original names  - those used by the Aussies who 
were here first.  I know that would still require a lot of debate and opting 
for one name over others, but I think that once we'd chosen appropriate names 
for indigenous species then they might have more general acceptance.  Nobody is 
going to stop people calling Crested Pigeons "Topknots" (my Grandmother did) 
but eventually we might get published lists standardised.  Of course, we would 
still be bound to RENs used by North Americans and Brits for species belonging 
to worldwide families, but how nice would it be to stop labelling our maluridae 
"Wrens", etc?

Any idea when we're going to have another ballot over this????!!!


Russell Woodford
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Sacred Heart College Geelong
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