Publishing conventions re-bird names

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Subject: Publishing conventions re-bird names
From: "Neil Cheshire" <>
Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2007 11:29:10 +1030

The contagion of lower case for bird names has unfortunately spread from 
American scientific journals in
recent years. The passage below perhaps illustrates the problem with this 

" When the group arrived at the lake a little egret was seen and a few minutes 
later a larger egret flew in.
Later a singing honeyeater was heard but this became inaudible when a noisy 
miner appeared."

Somewhat inconsistently they retain capitals for a personal or geographical 
element of a bird name.

Neil Cheshire

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