FW: [canberrabirds] The Stilt Issue

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Subject: FW: [canberrabirds] The Stilt Issue
From: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 07:01:07 +0000

Thanks to all who responded to the below.  I have 15 replies.  Anyone else like to offer a view?  Reasons are of interest, but not necessary.  I’ll circulate a summary of the result.  g


From: Geoffrey Dabb [
Sent: Thursday, 18 August 2016 9:55 AM
Subject: [canberrabirds] The Stilt Issue


One of our local bird species, the Black-winged Stilt, has recently undergone a change of status in the Australian list, reverting to Himantopus leucocephalus (the original Gould name).   There are various possibilities for an English name:


Australian Black-winged Stilt

Pied Stilt

White-headed Stilt

Yapping Stilt (to overcome confusing plumage-based names)


I’d be interested in the result of an informal vote by chatline members on these possibilities.  Could I ask each of you to let me know your preference?



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