Willy Fantail

To: Philip Veerman <>, "" <>
Subject: Willy Fantail
From: Brian Fleming <>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 04:54:13 +0000
Well, you could always go back to Black and White Fantail-Flycatcher!

Anthea Fleming

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.
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> Phil Gregory
> Sent: Thursday, 19 January, 2017 11:41 AM
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> 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?
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