Willy Fantail

To: 'Phil Gregory' <>, "" <>
Subject: Willy Fantail
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 01:50:18 +0000
We all know it as Willy Wagtail but the problem with that, is that there is a 
bunch of wagtails in another group. And it is closer to our fantails. So when 
doing an index to a bird book, Willy Wagtail would get listed with less-related 
wagtails. This is hardly a unique problem though, there are many others in the 
same situation, such as our magpie.

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From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of 
Phil Gregory
Sent: Thursday, 19 January, 2017 11:41 AM
Subject: Willy Fantail

I just got the excellent new Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago Field Guide by 
James Eaton et al, and it is quite piece of work, I am still processing all the 
many taxonomic changes, this is drongo and fantail central!

The ever-vexatious English names are noteworthy too, I was very pleased to see 
the reappearance of old favourites Satanic Nightjar and Invisible Rail, which 
got  written out of history a while back for unknown reasons / some checklist 
compiler didn’t approve of them, and Wallace’s Standardwing reappears after 
long absence, as indeed it will appear in my own Birds of Paradise and 
Bowerbirds title.

There are a couple of interesting choices too, notably the use of Monarch for 
Myiagra Flycatchers, so we would have Leaden Monarch and Satin Monarch. I know 
they are Monarch-Flycatchers but remain unconvinced by the change. The one that 
made me smile though was to discover I’d seen Willy Fantail, a bridge too far 
if ever there was one surely?
Phil Gregory
ornithological writer/tour leader/tour facilitator

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