Re 'Jabiru' and Bifcus

To: "Birding-aus \(E-mail\)" <>
Subject: Re 'Jabiru' and Bifcus
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Thu, 26 Nov 2009 01:57:10 +1100
Problem is that "bifcus" is an abbreviation for just one species, it is
only the 'cus' that represents - rather clumsily - a group name in that
expression. Which is why I suggest "Cush" as a new group name, it being
derived from Cuckoo-shrike as the birds are not cuckoos or shrikes but
the name has been established, hence my suggestion to retain the link
but remove any suggestion of relatedness.

Philip Veerman
24 Castley Circuit
Kambah  ACT  2902
02 - 62314041

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of brian fleming
Sent: Wednesday, 25 November 2009 5:06 PM
Subject: Re 'Jabiru' and Bifcus

Ross Macfarlane wrote:
> As everyone knows, it's a "bifcus"...

Once upon a time there was an ornithologist working on Cuckoo-shrikes
  as a Family and he called them all Graybirds.
I assume he was American.  Only problem, he found a Black Graybird 
somewhere, no grey on it. Not a bad name generally though.
Or what is wrong with the generic Coracina?  Easier to pronounce than 
Gerygone.  Meanwhile, I have known the BFCS as Bifcus since I was

Anthea Fleming


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