Not sure there is much point in stressing about it. The Australian Birding
fraternity have always used a variety of taxonomies, for different reasons and
with different purposes. The closest we have come to a "unified" list was when
many followed C&B (while it was current). As that is no longer being updated,
it will become of less and less relevance, and others have ably pointed out
many of the competing considerations to take into account in 'adopting'
another. I suspect we will probably never come as close again to having a
'standard' taxonomy, and most will just adopt that which works best for their
purposes, and get used to 'translating' across lists.
Life is too short - and there are too many birds to enjoy - to stress about it.
Just my thoughts.
On 02/07/2013, at 7:06 PM, Robert Inglis wrote:
> Thank you David James.
> I have been sitting here (as it were) becoming more and more agitated,
> frantic, despairing, confused, annoyed, thinking of a large brandy as I have
> been reading all these postings about the various taxonomies that various
> birders are using for their own esoteric reasons while, at the same time,
> wondering just what Birdlife Australia is thinking.
> I wait with bated (which my much loved and ancient Chambers Twentieth Century
> Dictionary tells me is the same as “Abated” meaning “to lessen; to deduct
> from; to mitigate; to put an end to [I like that one], do away with, as of an
> action or a nuisance, to render null, as a writ”) breath to see the
> “explanation to the introduction about why BARC uses the IOC checklist for
> its purposes”.
> I am also trying to visualise those hardy and much admired soles who are
> currently working on (at least, I am hoping they are still working on) new
> “Australian Bird Field Guides” but wondering which taxonomy they should be
> using. Poor soles. My heart goes out to you.
> I could go on but ............
> Bob Inglis
> Sandstone Point
> Sent from my very tolerant and long suffering desktop PC of mongrel design.
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