Ian's & David's thoughts are exactly as I
thought, so thanks for saving me the typing. Part of the issue is the oddity of
group names. "Cuckoo-shrike" is a particularly awkward one, as the birds are not
close to either group. ("Emu-wren" is another.) Even worse, the genus name
"Coracina" apparently means "Raven-like", so we could hardly use that. The genus
is also called "graybirds" (many species outside Australia) but how useful
is that? Isn't one of them black?
Then there are groups of butterflies called Crow
and Albatross. ..........
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