Clements names

To: Phil & Sue Gregory <>
Subject: Clements names
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Sun, 6 Jan 2008 13:20:49 +1100

Seeing as the Americans have claimed naming rights to the Neo- tropical species, it is only natural for them to assume they have the right to re-name species in the rest of the world. Unfortunately, so many Ornthologist/Birders in the rest of the world roll over and take it.

It is about time that those in the Ornithological world outside the USA started a concerted letter writing campaign to the Editors and publishers of Clements, Howard and Moore, the American Ornithologists' Union (AOU) and the American Birding Association (ABA) and say in effect "sorry, but you are wrong on these names" and point out that the International Ornithological Committee (IOC) is the only body which has the acclamation of the rest of the world to be the Authority on Avian Nomenclature, both Scientific and Common. I do not care what the Americans name their own birds, but I do care about unwarranted and unwanted meddling with the names of the birds of other countries. An indication of the contempt that the AOU and the ABA has for the rest of the Ornithological world is their lack of representation on the IOC.

It is a pity that the editors and publishers of Clements and Howard and Moore do not place a disclaimer in the prefaces or introductions of the books stating that the contents are entirely the opinions of the editors/publishers and should not be taken as authorotative.

Well that's vented my spleen,
Viva El IOC,

Carl Clifford
On 05/01/2008, at 11:32 PM, Phil & Sue Gregory wrote:

" Thus we basically have American renamings of a host of Australasian and Africa birds, without much (if any) consultation, and ignoring the well established local names of the birds in the places where they actually live."


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