Puzzled over names in Simpson & Day

Subject: Puzzled over names in Simpson & Day
From: "Frank O\"Connor" <>
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2010 23:38:16 +0800


I assume that you bought your copy of Simpson & Day overseas? In that case it would probably be an overseas edition and different in some ways to the Simpson & Day we would purchase in Australia. In which case they have probably renamed some of the species from the RENs that we use in Australia. I am not certain whether they have tried to follow Clements or the IOC.

As others have said, the names you quote are what we use except for Glossy Black-Cockatoo.

The IOC gives an explanation of naming conventions on their web site. I think this is but you can find it with google anyway. They are leaving out hyphens in birds such as Cuckooshrike, Scrubbird, Fairywren. i.e. where it is the concatenation of two types. But Black-Cockatoo remains. The general rule is that if the bird is the type of the second word, then the second word is capitalised, and then a hyphen is used. i.e. Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo is a cockatoo. Note that Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo is the name that has been used by West Australians for a long time, and so was adopted in the last Australian list in 2008 (formerly Short-billed Black-Cockatoo). I guess they didn't like Figparrot or Kingparrot as single words, and so they used a hyphen and the second word is capitalised.

The IOC rules generally make sense, and I suspect that the Australian list will eventually adopt many of them.

Frank O'Connor           Birding WA
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