Re: birding-aus Common names

Subject: Re: birding-aus Common names
From: "Lawrence E. Conole" <>
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 1999 15:20:45 +1000

> What do people think of the issue of capitalising common names as opposed to
> not e.g. Red Kangaroo as opposed to red kangaroo?
> It seems to be more common in bird circles and perhaps in Australian
> publications.

What a beauty!

I certainly prefer capitalised animal names, and I've enforced them in any
editorial position I've held.  If they're recommended English names, then as far
as I'm concerned that makes them proper nouns and they should be capitalised.

Apart from that point of view though, I just prefer to read Red Kangaroo in a
block of text rather than red kangaroo.  It's easier to read and comprehend
(saves having to bold them or similar to make them stand out).  What is a 'red
kangaroo'?  .... could be a Red Kangaroo (Macropus rufus), or an Antilopine
Wallaroo (M. antilopinus), or a Red-necked Wallaby (M. rufogriseus), or an Agile
Wallaby (M. agilis) .......... depends who you're talking to, and just how red
any of the macropods are in that district.


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