Four letter codes for Oz birds??

To: Jes Warra <>
Subject: Four letter codes for Oz birds??
From: Hugo Phillipps <>
Date: Wed, 16 May 2001 16:49:46 +1000
Hi Jim - 

At 06:15 AM 15/05/01 -0700, you wrote:
>I have been doing a bit research and found some 4
>letter banding codes for US birds and was wondering if
>there has been a similar system developed for oz

There is no official four-letter code for Australian birds (although people
have occasionally devised unofficial codes of varying numbers of letters).
However,  I have found it useful to use such a code when taking notes in
the field and I have one (adapted from one originally put together by Will
Steele).  It is based on the Recommended English Names for Australian birds
in the Christidis & Boles list, but has been modified to avoid duplicates.
(I quite like the fact that the code HUGO stands for Hudsonian Godwit).  If
you (or anyone else) would find it useful, I could send it to you as an
attached spreadsheet.  Just let me know.


Hugo Phillipps
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