Willy Fantails

To: Geoff Ryan <>, "" <>
Subject: Willy Fantails
From: Greg and Val Clancy <>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:43:34 +0000
Well said Geoff.  Now lets try to change the Australian Magpie to 'Ground
Butcherbird' now that it is in the genus Cracticus - it still is isn't it???


Dr Greg. P. Clancy
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-----Original Message-----
From: Geoff Ryan
Sent: Friday, January 20, 2017 7:32 AM
Subject: Willy Fantails

Surely it is more sensible to change anachronistic and confusing common
names even if it upsets our possessive addiction to those names in common

I know several people who still insist on calling the Australian
Black-necked Stork a Jabiru. The up-coming generation of birders will not
thank us oldies who refuse to adopt sensible common names. I grew up
calling White-faced Herons - 'Blue Cranes'; Black-faced Cuckoo Shrikes -
'Bluejays'; Rufous Whistlers - 'Eechongs' and still have trouble not
calling Magpie Larks - 'Peewees'. I am glad more appropriate and less
confusing common names have been adopted for these species.

Common names listed in Field Guides and species lists are not just used by
parochials but by international birders - the less confusing and ambiguous
the better.

I'll probably be using the name Willy Wagtail up until the day I die but
hope that the more sensible choice of Willy Fantail has replaced Willy
Wagtail on the adopted lists of common names.

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