Re: Abreviations

To: "EDWIN VELLA" <>, <>, "Birding-AUS" <>
Subject: Re: Abreviations
From: "Muir Environmental" <>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 1999 09:29:13 +0800
Mon25Jan99;  0920hrs

Good morning all

A brief comment to the various postings about terminology and abbreviations
of bird names.

There is really only one true way of expressing the name of an animal or
plant to ensure that all readers/record keepers have the best chance of
knowing which species is being referred to:  its the scientific name.

While it is acknowledged that the scientific name is more "fiddly" than the
popular alternative, and complex in a list, it is still the only true way
of expressing the name.

Because "popular" names are variable with user and the area/region, they
are not strictly reliable if we are trying to keep true records.

Jennifer Muir

> From: EDWIN VELLA <>
> To: ; Birding-AUS <>
> Subject: Re: Abreviations
> Date: Friday, 22 January 1999 16:54
> To birding Aus
> I totally agree with Keith's point about turning off a new birdo and
> mentioned by others. We must understand that we are sending messages to a
> whole range of birdo's not just those that know every abbreviated birding
> name or term. Even though I am aware of some abbreviations like BFCS
> (Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike), YFHE (Yellow-faced Honyeater) or GST (not
> Howard's tax, but a Grey Shrike-thrush), but an OZPO sounds ridiculous.
> Let's make messages more understandable and stick to plain English names
> keep matters simpler.
> Edwin
> -----Original Message-----
> From:  <>
> To: Birding-AUS <>
> Date: Friday, January 22, 1999 3:14
> Subject: Abreviations
> >I agree with David's comments entirely. What turn off for a new "Birdo"
> >confronted with a string of letters instead of a name as well as some
> >like myself who's grey matter is not as agile as it used to be.
> >So lets stick to plain English when naming birds posted to
> birding-aus.Keith
> >Egan
> >
> >
> >

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