Re: birding-aus Common names

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Subject: Re: birding-aus Common names
From: "sonnenburg" <>
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 1999 21:29:22 +1000
This topic is one of my hobby- horses also.  I believe that CAPITALS are
necessary to distinguish a particular species from others.  Eg. Peter
Woodall's Brown Honey Eater (Lichmera indistincta) versus any old honeyeater
that is brown.  Not all Americans go for uncapitalised names.  In his text
'Ornithology' Frank Gill does the correct thing.  He also mentions the
American Ornithologists' Union checklists which I presume recommends the use
of capital letters.  Gill also states that it is to distinguish a particular
As one of Australian Geographic's bird referees, I continually take them to
task over the non-use of capitals but so far to no avail.  I shall persist
however.  I agree with Hugo that Sean must be strong and use Capitals for
the Lonely Planet publications.

Roy Sonnenburg
Birding Services Brisbane

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