Re: Blackface

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Subject: Re: Blackface
From: "Greg Clancy" <>
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2005 18:38:32 +1000
Hi all,
While I support the sentiment expressed by Tim that we should make birdwatching user friendly I agree with David that long names are usally not a problem as people shorten them or use a shorter for field use anyway e.g. BFCS or Bifcus for Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike and Peewee for Magpie-lark.  I also agree with David, for field situations, 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', however I strongly disagree with the example he uses i.e. Jabiru vs Black-necked Stork.  The Jabiru is a South American stork and the Black-necked Stork is not confined to Australia.  It doesn't matter if you are talking to non-birwatchers who know the stork as 'Jabiru' but it does matter if you are trying to educate up and coming birdwatchers or scientists or discussing the species in a public (and international) forum like Birding-aus.  Like it or lump it Black-necked Stork is the official common name for Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus and this applies throughout its whole range.  Field guides and reference texts now use Black-necked Stork (abbreviated as BNS) as the common name, usually indicating other common names such as Jabiru, Policeman Bird etc..  For those who don't know the full story of why Jabiru is not an appropriate name for our only stork I would be happy to forward a copy of my Black-necked Stork Update 4 which fully explains this.  I was once a strong opponent of the use of the name Black-necked Stork - until I learnt the full story.
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