To: "Tim Murphy" <>, "John Leonard" <>, "Birding-aus" <>
Subject: Thickknees/UQ
From: "Greg" <>
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2007 16:53:31 +1000
'Stone-curlew' is the 'official' common name ending for both species in Christidis and Boles 1994. 'Rufous Night Heron is 'officially' Nankeen Night Heron.

It is interesting that so many people have picked up on 'Thick-knee' and 'Rufous Night Heron' as they were only ever proposed official names as far as I am aware. Usually people fight for decades against the new names.

I don't mind 'Rufous Night Heron' as it is more accurate but it was rejected as people considered that 'Nankeen' had a more interesting ring to it. Nankeen used to refer to a rufous colour but now refers to a yellow colour. The Nankeen Kestrel was proposed to be called the Australian Kestrel and this has stuck with some people too despite it being retained as Nankeen Kestrel. I think that the problem arose because a field guide was published at the time that these names were being bandied about.

Anyway that is my understanding of what happened. Brain's trust please correct me if I am wrong?

Greg Clancy

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