|Date:||Thu, 30 Jun 2005 11:33:00 +1000|
I'm not sure how much the public are put off by names such as Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike. There are a myriad of common names already in common usage out there (Blue Jay immediately comes to mind). The bottom line is that it doesn't matter what you call a bird as long as the person you are talking to knows what you are talking about ( eg Jabiru vs Black-necked Stork)
I see no good reason to "dumb it down". I've had quite a lot of experience taking out groups of novice or even non-birdwatchers and I can't say that pointing out a Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike ever had any of them running away in horror.
I think we have it reasonable easy here. There are some common names in usage overseas that would really test the novice.
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