Scientific names

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Subject: Scientific names
From: Steve Sheers <>
Date: Mon, 3 Mar 2014 19:18:10 +1100
I'm having some trouble sorting out the names of some birds and have become 
quiet confused.

Take for example Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoo, its called Chalcites basalis on the 
Birdlife Australia web site, BWL-Birdlife working list, Australian 
Government-Department of the Environment  list.

While it's Chrysococcyx basalis on Graeme Chapman, Wikipedia, BOC IOC checklist 

There seems to be different scientific names, is there a definitive list, or 
even a preferred list ? 
I thought the idea of scientific names was to remove all this confusion.


Steve Sheers
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