Originally Posted by andyadcock
This is definitely an influencing factor, without any doubt at all, let the science do the naming, not politics and not public opinion.
Without wishing to be offensive, what these latecomers to birding are doing, is akin to a Brit, arriving in America and changing all the rules to Ice Hockey. Birding has already become politicised recently, I hope it's a trend that dies, very quickly.
The old argument was that the latin binomial is there to get the science right, the 'english' or 'common' name doesn't have to be so scientifically rigorous, so public opinion or use can effect change. But don't change things for the sake of it, or spurious reasoning, agreed!