Tell me about it. I am finishing off the "irregularities" that popped
up when I transferred my sightings from Bento, in which I had used the
IOC list and C&B and proper English spellings, into Birdbrain, which
is Clements based. Oh what fun I have had! Not only are there the
examples you cite, but others such as Pacific Reef Heron ( I thought
being in the genus Egretta might have given them a clue there) and one
that particularly gets up my nose, Pink Bl***y Cockatoo for Major
Mitchell Cockatoo. This I find a gross insult, not only to the memory
of Major Mitchell but to the people of Australia. This is apparently
accepted by BA.
In the overview to the latest updates to Clements on the Cornell Lab
website, it is mentioned that as they have finished with the North
and South American and Australian checklists, they will be looking at
other regions including Asia. That should be interesting.
I think I will have to lash out and buy a copy of FileMaker and make
my own database using my own preferred nomenclature and bugger the rest.
P.S. Anyone want a hardly used copy of Clements? Only a few tear
stains on it.
On 01/04/2011, at 10:34 AM, Peter Waanders wrote:
There's lots of this sort of stuff with Clements - for starters, all
Grey birds are Gray. Then there's the Rufous Night-heron, Black-
breasted Kite (not Buzzard), Australian (not Black-shouldered) Kite,
Thick-knees not Stone-curlews, Red-headed and Scarlet Myzomela (not
Honeyeater) and probably more.
As you well know there's pros and cons with each global checklist, but
Clements appears to remain the most widely used list despite some of
One of the main criticisms of Clements has long been that they seem to
have paid undue respect to nomenclature / taxonomy changes in
checklists put forward by regional authorities (such as BA), and it
seems that they've now finally taken this on board, which should be
applauded. We can only hope that future updates continue this trend.
Nevertheless, note that they state on their website 'where necessary
the final decisions on taxonomy and nomenclature are made by the
Clements Checklist team'.
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