Well, you could always go back to Black and White Fantail-Flycatcher!
On 19/01/2017 12:50 PM, Philip Veerman wrote:
> 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.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Birding-Aus On Behalf Of
> Phil Gregory
> Sent: Thursday, 19 January, 2017 11:41 AM
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] 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
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