Herons and Egrets (Ardea and Egretta) redux

To: "'Birding-Aus Aus'" <>
Subject: Herons and Egrets (Ardea and Egretta) redux
From: "Cas and Lisa Liber" <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2010 07:18:27 +1000
I have been musing on this on reading about herons - given the
reclassification of a few and bird namer's penchants for redesigning names
along taxonomic lines (buttonquail, fairywrens etc.), there is an
opportunity to enlighten the populace with realigning the names of Ardeidae.
The Eastern Great Egret is Ardea alba, and 'Great White Heron' is/was
another name for the complex, so why not Eastern Great White Heron? Ditto
Pied Egret, White-faced Egret (the last is interesting - does the
connotation of an egret as white sit oddly with that one...)?



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