|From:||John Leonard <>|
|Date:||Thu, 30 Jun 2005 12:03:15 +1000|
I agree with David, I don't think you can direct how people refer to birds. |
The relatively simple and unambiguous suite of bird-names in Britain derives from 1. the relatively small number of birds species to begin with, 2. a long process of a single English name being standardised in the literature (in many cases dating back to the C19), 3. the recent explosion of interest in bird-watching taking these standardised official names out to all the new bird-watchers.
Australia has a larger number of species, a more recent history of standardisation of names (which some would say hasn't been completed), and a smaller number of birdwatchers.
On the other hand some English names are very poor: for example the Black-faced Wood-swallow has a mask, and the Masked Wood-swallow has a black face!
On 6/30/05, <m("environment.nsw.gov.au","David.Geering");"> > wrote:
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