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Subject: names
From: Frank O'Connor <>
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2017 08:44:38 +0000
It is still frustrating to see people who only think about what a
bird is called in Australia, even if it has a much wider
distribution, or if there is a different species with that name. This
is what got us into this situation in the first place.

We have to accept gerygone. There are far too many clashes with
warbler. IOC has 18 species of gerygone. The following have clashes
if warbler was used. 6 out of 18.

Brown. Brown Parisoma was also called Brown Warbler and so it has
just as much right to the name Brown Warbler.
Grey. There is Black-throated Grey Warbler (and one or two others).
Grey Gerygone would need to be called Australasian Grey Warbler.
Fan-tailed. There is a Fan-tailed Warbler.
Mangrove. There is a Mangrove Warbler.
Dusky. There is a Dusky Warbler. This is actually on the Australian
bird list with one or two records on Christmas Island.
Yellow-bellied.There is a Yellow-bellied Warbler.

The Jabiru is a totally different genus in South America. It occurs
through south east Asia. Even if was split to Satin Stork, Australian
Jabiru does not make sense as it is not related to Jabiru. Stork
applies across a number of genera but they are all in the 'stork'
family. It is not like 'flycatcher' where there are well over 100
across several families. Djagana is a nice thought instead of Satin
Stork, but my understanding is that each aboriginal language has a
different name, and so why should Djagana take preference?

Jacana by the way is Portuguese (might be Spanish?) as the type
specimen was named from Brazil. So it should be pronounced 'yasana' I
think, but I can't see that happening in Australia.

Remember these are the recommended English names. So to be used in
official publications and bird lists. There is nothing wrong with
informally using Jabiru, Weiro, 28, Budgie, muttonbird, etc as long
as the person you are speaking to understands what you mean.

Frank O'Connor                          Birding WA
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