What is in a name?

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Subject: What is in a name?
From: L&L Knight <>
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 18:49:07 +1000
Spur-winged Plover is OK in SEQ because it is the race of Masked Lapwing that we get round here.

Regards, Laurie.

On Wednesday, July 25, 2007, at 06:01  PM, Tim Dolby wrote:

Hi all,

I actually still use the name Little Falcon, which I think I prefer, despite the bird being officially known as an Australian Hobby for most of my life. This stems from when I birded with my dad as a kid. (In preference I may start using the Latin name, Falco longipennis.)

Similarly I also often use the names Little Grebe, Spur-winged Plover, Chestnut-breasted Shelduck, etc, which annoys or confuses some birders (some of whom don't know the earlier names). For example I'll say "There's a Little Falcon", and they'll respond with "Yes, it is small. Therefore it must be an Australian Hobby!"


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