Information for inclusion in Night Parrot

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Subject: Information for inclusion in Night Parrot
From: "JJ Harrison" <>
Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2013 10:56:07 +0700
Just as a matter of interest, there have been massive policy battles over
this issue on Wikipedia (Example:
nge_proposal_with_regard_to_common_names). Basically those editing bird
related articles want the capitalisation, but nobody else does. I don't
think the capitalization convention is very common outside ornithology.
Newspapers or the ABC, for example, usually don't capitalise common names.

JJ Harrison

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Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2013 09:54:48 +1000
From: Carl Clifford <>
To: Dave Torr <>
Cc: Chris Watson <>,
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Subject: Information for inclusion in Night Parrot
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I have read several ornithological books lately which use lower case for
common names. Not surprising really, as many users of the English language
are so challenged by it, they would not know whether to insert, wear, or eat
a gerund, let alone when to capitalise a word. My theory is, that it is the
publishers trying to save on ink costs. Many a little makes a muckle.

Carl Clifford


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