Scientific names

To: "'Steve Sheers'" <>, "'birding-aus'" <>
Subject: Scientific names
From: Stephen Murray <>
Date: Mon, 3 Mar 2014 20:51:51 +1000
Yes it is confusing. Taxonomists, like other scientists, only agree
sometimes. On the IOC website there is a spreadsheet
available for download, in which the scientific names used by several
different taxonomies are compared. It can be very useful to refer to when
confusion arises. For example, In  the case of the Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoo
it can be seen that the genus name Chalcites is used by the Howard and Moore
Checklist, as well as the Peters checklist. It was also the name preferred
in the Christidis & Boles List, which is still the preferred list of many
Aussie birders.  My suggestion for your lists etc is pick a checklist to
follow and forget about the rest. And, no, there is no definitive list; only
lists preferred by different authorities.
Cheers Steve Murray

-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of
Steve Sheers
Sent: Monday, 3 March 2014 6:18 PM
To: birding-aus
Subject: Scientific names

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 2.

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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