Dan Tallman’s Hen Weblog: Widespread Goldeneye

Right here is a picture of a drake Widespread Goldeneye on 9 February 2022 on the Billy Frank Jr Nationwide Wildlife Refuge. Erika needs that each one birds had been named for his or her discipline marks. Certainly, the nationwide  ornithological group is presently within the throws of contemplating renaminng birds. Oldsquaw are actually offically referred to as Lengthy-tailed Geese. McCown’s Longspurs, initially named after a Accomplice common, are actually often known as Thick-billed Longspurs. I belief my readers admire why some folks discover the unique title to be offensive. Different ornithologists assume that no hen must be named after any particular person. I simply hope that folk don’t go attempting to find folks commemorated in scientific names, like poor little Pipreola riefferi tallmanorum, named after two ornithologists, excellent of their discipline. For extra data on this debate, see https://www.audubon.org/information/the-mccowns-longspur-no-more-debate-over-bird-names-continues.

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