English Names Committee - Koel

To: Shirley Cook <>
Subject: English Names Committee - Koel
From: Colin Scouler <>
Date: Tue, 9 Nov 2010 11:57:23 +1100
Hello Shirley,

Here's a question for your friends on the ENC:

Is their recommended name for the most common species of Koel in Australia "Eastern Koel" or"Australian Koel"?

Colin Scouler

On 04/11/2010, at 6:37 PM, Shirley Cook wrote:

Dear all,

Below is a message from this committee:

Following the discussion of the possible split of Melithreptus lunatus, subscribers to Birding-Aus may be interested in the following.

Birds Australia currently has an English Names Committee which is a sub-committee of the Research and Conservation Committee which is itself a sub-committee of the BA Council. The ENC is charged with recommending English names for species new to the Oz list (BA's list is on the website), whether through BARC or as a result of taxonomic changes such as splits. The committee membership is at present Simon Bennett, John Blyth, Walter Boles, Geoffrey Dabb, Mike Carter, Les Christidis, Tony Palliser, Harry Recher, Peter Menkhorst and Andrew Ley.

It is specifically not the role of the ENC to make determinations on the status of suggested taxonomic splits such as that proposed for the White-naped Honeyeater so we have recommended to RACC that a Taxonomic Advisory Committee be (re)constituted to do that. The result of that recommendation is outstanding. Matters that will be taken into consideration by the committee when looking at possible names include such things as the opinion of the proposer of a split, overseas usage, established or past usage in Australia, consistency with existing names, and so on. Decisions of the committee will take the form of recommendations to RACC.

Andrew Ley, chairman, ENC



Shirley Cook
Birds Australia - Northern NSW Group

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