Aratinga = Conure (?) and Amazona spp.

To: "Cas and Lisa Liber" <>
Subject: Aratinga = Conure (?) and Amazona spp.
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2007 17:24:35 +1000
Conures are Conures (don't trust what they say in USA, they don't know about 
parrots). As they only have one extinct native parrot, they don't commonly know 
the words for all the parrot groups. They also call the budgerigar a parakeet. 
It was amusing to read in the (exceedingly weird) book "Wild parrots of 
Telegraph Hill" that in USA the name Conures is frowned upon by ornithologists 
in favour of parakeet. Forshaw's book and other calls them Conures. Ultimately 
it is only words.

The Red-browed Finch is the Red-browed Finch. The 1994 C&B list (thankfully) 
reverted to the finch name. It is not a firetail. I never understood why it was 
linked to the firetails. It is related more to the Star Finch and Crimson Finch 
and not to the firetails and now grouped as congeners with them (Neochmia). The 
main similarity is the red rump, which is more similar to that of the Star 
Finch and Crimson Finch and really quite different to that of the firetails, 
that have a glittery red tip to the rump feathers.


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