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