Of course, if all taxonomists agreed they would be even more endangered -
and birders would be less confused :-)
On 5 March 2014 00:11, Helen Larson <> wrote:
> No, us taxonomists try to work out the right names, which often exist
> among plenty of confusion. Science allows for scepticism; people can
> disagree with your classification. Pick a classification you like and stick
> with it.
> Be kind to taxonomists, an endangered species.
> Sent from my iPhone
> > On 3 Mar 2014, at 6:18 pm, Steve Sheers <>
> > Hi,
> > I'm having some trouble sorting out the names of some birds and have
> become quiet confused.
> > Take for example Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoo, its called Chalcites basalis
> on the Birdlife Australia web site, BWL-Birdlife working list, Australian
> Government-Department of the Environment list.
> > While it's Chrysococcyx basalis on Graeme Chapman, Wikipedia, BOC IOC
> checklist 2.
> > There seems to be different scientific names, is there a definitive
> list, or even a preferred list ?
> > I thought the idea of scientific names was to remove all this confusion.
> > Regards
> > Steve Sheers
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