Re 'Jabiru' and Bifcus

To: "'Jeff Davies'" <>
Subject: Re 'Jabiru' and Bifcus
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Thu, 26 Nov 2009 15:02:28 +1100
Oh you are right of course but if someone had come up with a unique, one
syllable word, as a group name for Coracina a century ago and it was in
the books and we were all familiar with it, we would be aghast at the
idea to suddenly start calling them Cuckoo-shrikes, if no one had heard
that term before! I am therefore a century late.

Philip Veerman
24 Castley Circuit
Kambah  ACT  2902
02 - 62314041

-----Original Message-----  From: Jeff Davies
 Sent: Thursday, 26 November 2009 12:30
To: 'Philip Veerman'; 'Birding-aus (E-mail)'  Subject: RE: [Birding-Aus]
Re 'Jabiru' and Bifcus

Surely this thread has run its course by now. 
I honestly don't believe that there will be an overwhelming show of
hands to start calling a Cuckoo-shrike a Cush, enough already.

Cheers Jeff.

-----Original Message-----  From: 
 On Behalf Of Philip Veerman
Sent: Thursday, 26 November 2009 1:57 AM  To: Birding-aus (E-mail)
Subject: Re 'Jabiru' and Bifcus

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


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