Re: An unexpected change to eBird

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Subject: Re: An unexpected change to eBird
From: Martin Butterfield <>
Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2017 23:03:30 +0000
It appears that eBird should be given no blame for this egregious tomfoolery.  Every international reference I have consulted (IOC on line; Avibase; Clements hard copy) has shown the name lacking a hyphen.  Australian references including Birdlife Australia; the Australian Bird Guide and Australian Bird Names  A complete Guide; have all retained the correct name.

On 24 August 2017 at 18:25, Martin Butterfield <> wrote:
While filling in an on-line checklist today (using an iPhone) I found that the shortcut "sfw" no longer matched anything.  It turns out the hyphen has disappeared from Fairy-wren so the IOS eBird shortcut for Malurus cyaneus is now "suf".

Would anyone care to remind me why I hate taxonomists?

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