pigeons, doves, egrets

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Subject: pigeons, doves, egrets
From: "Van Gasse" <>
Date: Sat, 4 Jan 2003 10:42:43 +0100
Yes, it is the same species. Casmerodius is the old scientific genus name of the Great Egret, when it was still considered to be entitled to a genus of its own - Casmerodius being a monotypic genus. And as Casmerodius is masculine, the specific epithet becomes albus (both Ardea and Egretta are feminine).

Paul Van Gasse
Kruibeke, Belgium

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From: [On Behalf Of Philip A. Veerman
Sent: Saturday, January 04, 2003 6:25 AM
To: K,K&E Lindsay; birding aus
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] pigeons, doves, egrets

Where does Casmerodius fit in?? I'd only ever seen Egretta or Ardea, also alba, not albus. Is this the same species? Also you are not talking about orders as such.
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From: K,K&E Lindsay <>
To: Birding Aus <>
Date: Friday, 3 January 2003 22:26
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] pigeons and doves

Like most of you know the common name is not really what matters,it is the scientific order that is important.
For example the New Zealanders call the Great Egret (Casmerodius albus) the White Heron.
But we take no notice and still call it the Great Egret .
The Feral Pigeon sometimes called the rock dove or rock pigeon But we still know it is in the familly Columbidae and is The Feral Pigeon.
So the difference between doves and pigeons is an irrelevant question and with a bit of thought it can be answered quite easily.
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