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Forum: Conservation Saturday 11th July 2020, 13:23
Replies: 28
Views: 796
Posted By Mysticete
And to be fair, every year at least one idiot...

And to be fair, every year at least one idiot gets gored by a bison in Yellowstone (the public explicitly SHOULDN'T be wandering among them like they are dairy cows, hence the gorings).
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Thursday 9th July 2020, 13:08
Replies: 475
Views: 92,439
Posted By Mysticete
Well...looking at the taxonomy in Oceanic Birds...

Well...looking at the taxonomy in Oceanic Birds of the World just makes me more and more intrigued by the long in development Howell guide to Birds of North America.

I mean seriously, that book has...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Thursday 9th July 2020, 13:05
Replies: 25
Views: 1,202
Posted By Mysticete
I should also note that there were many other...

I should also note that there were many other species which the text mentions "probably" actually containing multiple cryptic species, but since nothing was delimited, I didn't list them. There are...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Thursday 9th July 2020, 13:03
Replies: 25
Views: 1,202
Posted By Mysticete
There were a couple of other cases where they...

There were a couple of other cases where they chose a less-used name over an existing one. IIRC, their favored name for Short-tailed Albatross is Steller's Albatross. It would be interesting to hear...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Thursday 9th July 2020, 12:58
Replies: 25
Views: 1,202
Posted By Mysticete
There are some potential interesting studies that...

There are some potential interesting studies that could emerge from this, for sure.

Apparently Hawaiian and Pacific Black Noddies have different nesting strategies. Both also inhabit the Hawaiian...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Thursday 9th July 2020, 03:07
Replies: 25
Views: 1,202
Posted By Mysticete
Well apparently there are papers coming out...

Well apparently there are papers coming out dealing with Noddies soon, so we might get movement on them sooner than later.
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Wednesday 8th July 2020, 16:36
Replies: 25
Views: 1,202
Posted By Mysticete
White-tailed Tropicbird complex Catesby's...

White-tailed Tropicbird complex
Catesby's Tropicbird (Phaethon catesbyi)
Yellow-billed Tropicbird (P. lepturus)

Arabian Tropicbird (P. indicus) - split from Red-billed Tropicbird

Trinidade...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Wednesday 8th July 2020, 16:32
Replies: 25
Views: 1,202
Posted By Mysticete
Northern Buller's Albatross (Thalassarche...

Northern Buller's Albatross (Thalassarche platei)
Southern Buller's Albatross (Thalassarche bulleri)

Auckland Shy Albatross (T. steadi)
Tasman Shy Albatross (T. cauta)

European Storm-Petrel...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Wednesday 8th July 2020, 16:31
Replies: 25
Views: 1,202
Posted By Mysticete
Northern Fairy Prion (P. turtur) Southern Fairy...

Northern Fairy Prion (P. turtur)
Southern Fairy Prion (P. subantarctica)

Greater Fulmar Prion (P. crassirostris)
Lesser Fulmar Prion (P. flemingi)

MacGillivray's Prion (Pachyptila...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Wednesday 8th July 2020, 16:29
Replies: 25
Views: 1,202
Posted By Mysticete
Oceanic Birds of the World

Steve Howell and Kirk Zufelt's new book actually seems to be of interest in this forum, but I haven't seen much discussion here. It uses a VERY progressive taxonomy with a lot of splits not currently...
Forum: Conservation Monday 6th July 2020, 13:21
Replies: 16
Views: 907
Posted By Mysticete
I don't worry about individual folks having more...

I don't worry about individual folks having more children...it's better to look at overall birth rates. If one family has three or four offspring, if those extra kids are compensated by folks like...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 6th July 2020, 13:09
Replies: 28
Views: 848
Posted By Mysticete
Although technically, we don't really have any...

Although technically, we don't really have any native new world Caprimulgus anymore, as they have all been moved to new genera, with the whole genus kind of a wastebin taxonomic bin until recently.
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Saturday 4th July 2020, 23:57
Replies: 212
Views: 17,548
Posted By Mysticete
My biggest issue with this current obsession with...

My biggest issue with this current obsession with getting rid of all patronyms is that the general sentiment is that the idea of commemorating any western scientist is bad, which in turn feeds into a...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Saturday 4th July 2020, 22:51
Replies: 212
Views: 17,548
Posted By Mysticete
You know...2020 is just a complete trashfire of...

You know...2020 is just a complete trashfire of the year. We've become so polarized that there is no middle ground.

I feel like I am the voice of reason online in various places, where I am taking...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Saturday 4th July 2020, 11:46
Replies: 212
Views: 17,548
Posted By Mysticete
You know, it would be nice to actually see some...

You know, it would be nice to actually see some names applied to these and the actual links. Some of these look very much like broad stroke categorizations, especially "guy who knew Custer" and "Guy...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Friday 3rd July 2020, 22:29
Replies: 212
Views: 17,548
Posted By Mysticete
I don't think it's an excuse to not do anything...

I don't think it's an excuse to not do anything else, but it is something that is easier to implement. Just because something is easy to do doesn't mean it's not worth doing.
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Friday 3rd July 2020, 20:42
Replies: 212
Views: 17,548
Posted By Mysticete
It's not an either/or thing. You can suggest...

It's not an either/or thing. You can suggest renaming things AND protest/boycott/support liberal candidates.

I am against wholesale discarding of patronyms without good reason. But there are some...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Friday 3rd July 2020, 12:16
Replies: 212
Views: 17,548
Posted By Mysticete
Is it list of common names or a list of English...

Is it list of common names or a list of English language names?

They are not the same thing...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Friday 3rd July 2020, 12:14
Replies: 212
Views: 17,548
Posted By Mysticete
Ah yes, because changing a small handful of bird...

Ah yes, because changing a small handful of bird names which either include racist slurs or commemorate less than savory people is obviously the same as changing all English names to indigenous...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Thursday 2nd July 2020, 18:46
Replies: 212
Views: 17,548
Posted By Mysticete
A: English language regularly and continually...

A: English language regularly and continually throughout its history borrows words from other languages, and vast swathes of common bird names incorporate or derive from non-English language,...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Thursday 2nd July 2020, 13:27
Replies: 212
Views: 17,548
Posted By Mysticete
Feels like the renaming of common names of birds...

Feels like the renaming of common names of birds when they refer to obviously offensive language or refer back to folks who weren't terribly great people is (literally) the least we can do. Why are...
Forum: Conservation Monday 29th June 2020, 13:09
Replies: 16
Views: 907
Posted By Mysticete
I think people are quibbling over semantics. No,...

I think people are quibbling over semantics. No, we are not "killing the planet", but "producing long-lasting harm to the biosphere and significantly reducing biodiversity" doesn't have the same ring...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 24th June 2020, 12:57
Replies: 3
Views: 280
Posted By Mysticete
I could see why they are separate. The idea of...

I could see why they are separate. The idea of ebird is to mostly submit complete checklists of sites visited while birding. It seems unlikely that people are checking every single bird they see with...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Tuesday 23rd June 2020, 17:12
Replies: 42
Views: 11,945
Posted By Mysticete
ah...well if published in a journal its a...

ah...well if published in a journal its a different story.
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Tuesday 23rd June 2020, 13:11
Replies: 16
Views: 1,596
Posted By Mysticete
Any idea what are some of the more "progressive...

Any idea what are some of the more "progressive changes"

Pretty much all of Howell's guide books use a taxonomy far more progressive than other books. It's why I have been so curious about the for...
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