Aratinga = Conure (?) and Amazona spp.

To: "'Birding Aus'" <>
Subject: Aratinga = Conure (?) and Amazona spp.
From: "Cas and Lisa Liber" <>
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2007 20:18:38 +1000
Hi all,
I know this is slightly off topic but I found it odd and wonder if anyone
had heard any official rulin which could shed light on this:

Since the 1970s there has been a refreshing trend to tweak common names to
reflect some species relationships - eg. The members of the genus Turnix
have gone from "x - Quail" to "x - Button-quail" and "Red-browed Finch" has
become "Red-browed Firetail".

I was browsing over wikipedia where the members of the genus Aratinga (known
to me as Conures) have all been renamed parakeets, leading to the ambiguous
name "Orange-fronted parakeet" now referring to both a neotropical Aratinga
canicularis as well as the NZ Cyanoramphus malherbi.

Similarly, the Amazons of the genus Amazona are now called parrots.

This seems somewhat odd to say the least.

The AOU has these as official names, yet my Forshaw "Parrots of the World"
has them called Conures and Amazons.... (not to mention most of the pet

Anyone heard anything about official names 
Cas Liber


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