Publishing convention re bird names

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Subject: Publishing convention re bird names
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2012 15:51:08 +1000
Heard chatter and potentially published notes from some birding trips:

A hungry hawk ate a welcome swallow. Was it a Welcome Swallow? Actually no,
it was a Starling. 

A hungry hawk ate a Welcome Swallow. Now I understand.

Is that a Common Blackbird? Yes.

Is that a Common Blackbird? Actually no, it is a common black bird (e.g. a
Great Cormorant). 

That Singing Honeyeater you just called out is a striped honeyeater. Yes
that is certainly true but you identified it wrongly. That singing striped
honeyeater is a Varied Honeyeater. You can tick that on your list. Even
though there is only one of them and it doesn't vary much.

It would be really tedious if style guides specified including the
scientific names on every mention of a species, supposedly to avoid
confusion, as that would require thought each time as to what was confusing.
And that varies according to the reader.

Funny, these emails are about "bird-names" rather than "bird names". I
wonder why the odd hyphen has been continued. But I think that is enough
from me.



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