Re: birding-aus Common names

To: "sonnenburg" <>, <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus Common names
From: "Muir Environmental" <>
Date: Tue, 3 Aug 1999 13:22:14 +0800

While we're on this subject, I just wanted to add my two-bits worth re
hyphenation of common names, rather than actual capitalisation.  I hope Roy
won't be offended if I use his example (Lichmera indistincta) as one of my

I tend to express that species with a hyphen - i.e. Brown Honey-eater
(shortened for convenience to B.H/e in my "daily" home bird records). 
Other examples include Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (rather than Black Faced
Cuckoo Shrike) (shortened to BFCS), White-tailed Black-cockatoo (rather
than White Tailed Black Cockatoo), Pink-eared Duck, etc. etc.

I'm interested in how other birding-aussers present their common names...


Jenn Muir

> From: sonnenburg <>
> To: 
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> Subject: Re: birding-aus Common names
> Date: Thursday, 29 July 1999 19:29
> 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
> that is brown.  Not all Americans go for uncapitalised names.  In his
> 'Ornithology' Frank Gill does the correct thing.  He also mentions the
> American Ornithologists' Union checklists which I presume recommends the
> of capital letters.  Gill also states that it is to distinguish a
> species.
> As one of Australian Geographic's bird referees, I continually take them
> task over the non-use of capitals but so far to no avail.  I shall
> however.  I agree with Hugo that Sean must be strong and use Capitals for
> the Lonely Planet publications.
> Cheers
> Roy Sonnenburg
> Birding Services Brisbane
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