Publishing convention re bird-names

To: "'Birding Aus'" <>
Subject: Publishing convention re bird-names
From: "Richard Nowotny" <>
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2012 12:35:49 +1000
I know this topic has received attention on Birding-Aus previously but my
interest was re-awakened by reading in an ornithological book of "little
owls" and being reminded of the futility of trying to determine whether the
author is referring to smaller owls in general, a particular group of small
owls, or Little Owls Athene noctua. I continue to be baffled by the
widespread publishing convention (used by most newspapers and books) not to
capitilise the common names of bird species (and all other biological
species for that matter).

Is anyone with publishing experience/knowledge able to explain why this
convention has been adopted and perpetuated, in spite of its obvious
failings in regard to clarity of meaning, particularly when the name
includes words in everyday use such as little, common, long-toed, singing,




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