Goshawk takes Gallinule

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Subject: Goshawk takes Gallinule
From: "Peter Shute (NUW)" <>
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2006 15:01:23 +1100
I wasn't questioning the use of the name. My brain has only been birding for a month or so, and I hadn't heard that name before. I guessed it was an older name and I was just trying to get an idea of how many people might still call it that. Any idea when the newer name came in? Who decides what common names are official, anyway?

Not sure how old my "What Bird Is That" is, but it calls it Purple Swamphen. At least 20 years old, I think.

On Thursday, December 14, 2006 1:39 PM michael hunter wrote:

       "Purple Gallinule" is embedded in my half century old birding
brain, it was probably  in "What Bird Is That", the only bird-guide I
used in those days.
      You are probably correct, if not pedantic; refer to Carl
Clifford's posting to birding-aus on 13/12/06, ie yesterday, and my
reply to him which will follow. Common names are common names, and
most Australian birdos know what  "Purple Gallinule" refers to in the
local geographical context. The new scientific name is probably a
                                                    relatively recent


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