Re capitalisation of bird names

To: "Peter Shute" <>
Subject: Re capitalisation of bird names
From: "Lawrie Conole" <>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2008 14:51:22 +1000
brown antechinus, slender tree-fern .... yep, same problem - though non-bird
folks tend to make more use of scientific names, and the REN problem is
therefore not so obvious.

On 18/04/2008, Peter Shute <> wrote:
> So how do people dealing with animal or plant names cope?  Do
> ambiguities arise?
> Peter Shute
>  wrote on Friday, 18 April 2008 1:14
> PM:
> > My lack of technical grammatical knowledge in English sure
> > makes learning a second language much more difficult - but
> > never prevents me from having a strong opinion on English
> > grammatical matters!  I'll never agree with the proposition
> > that RENs (Recommended English Names) of birds not be
> > capitalised ... black falcon, little penguin, small minivet,
> > green junglefowl etc. - species names or just jaunty little
> > descriptions?

Lawrie Conole
28 Reid Street
Northcote, VIC 3070
0419 588 993

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