I guess these are my final thoughts on the topic, but happy to hear any
If it's based on using the middle name only for appropriately related
species - eg, 'Australian Golden/Mangrove Golden Whistler' are both "Golden
Whistlers" because of their relationship, but 'African Yellow/(Australian)
Yellow White-eye' are not both "Yellow White-eyes" then that's fine. It may
be that eventually all names will reflect this rationale.
Still, I find 'Canary White-eye' a bit hard to take seriously, although
'Canary Flyrobin' of New Guinea doesn't sound too bad, so maybe I'll get
used to it.
On 7 April 2014 13:15, Martin Butterfield <> wrote:
> That will be the next change!
> Martin Butterfield
> On 7 April 2014 13:08, Niven <> wrote:
>> Hi all
>> I had a few replies - thanks for those - with the general agreement that
>> the change was to avoid confusion with African Yellow White-eye. However,
>> 'African Yellow' and 'Yellow' are not the same.
>> Seems that Australian Golden Whistler may have been adopted on the same
>> rationale, and this same rationale may well have been led to many other
>> examples of name changes.
>> So the next question, why Canary and not Australian Yellow White-eye?
>> On 7 April 2014 12:57, Steve Clark <> wrote:
>> > G'day Niven
>> > I think it was to avoid confusion with the African Yellow White-eye.
>> > Cheers
>> > Steve Clark
>> > Hamilton, Vic
>> > On Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 12:21 PM, Niven <> wrote:
>> >> Hi all
>> >> Can anyone tell me the rationale behind the change from Yellow
>> >> to
>> >> Canary White-eye in the IOC taxonomy? There doesn't seem to be a Yellow
>> >> White-eye in the list, so it's not because of a conflict of names.
>> >> Thanks
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