RE: Publishing conventions re bird-names.,

To: "Birding Aus" <>
Subject: RE: Publishing conventions re bird-names.,
From: "Bob Green" <>
Date: Tue, 1 Jan 2008 10:56:50 +1030
There is some interesting discussion on this point on Wikipedia

It also poses a few other questions, alright we agree that common names should 
be capitalized but what to we do with alternative names?
My thought is that we should always use capitals, for both names not just the 
first eg Little Eagle as opposed to the seemingly increasing use of Little 
eagle. We have a published standard of Aust. bird names and should adhere to it 
(soon to be updated upon the new release of Christidis & Boles).
We don't talk about birds being seen floating in botany bay or near the sydney 
opera house or seen at the cricket at the mcg, so why treat animals differently.
So much confusion can be avoided, rather than looking back at someones 
published records and trying to work out what all of these little, black, 
brown, singing, masked or pied bush birds were.

Bob Green

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