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Carolina Wren confusion (1 Viewer)

radix023

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United States
I'm a recent addition to the site and one of the things I have learned about is the existence of the Lynx publisher. Being a bibliophile, I purchased the Birds of Europe, North America and the Middle East which arrived yesterday.

I went to look up one of the birds that frequents my house, the Carolina Wren, but for the life of me, I can't find it. I found the family Troglodytidae section, but the Carolina Wren is not listed among the subspecies.

When I check on the allaboutbirds.org website, I find:
Carolina Wren
Thryothorus ludovicianus
  • ORDER: Passeriformes
  • FAMILY: Troglodytidae
Which is confusing because it says Thryothorus and not Troglodytidae. Checking the index I didn't find any reference for the Carolina Wren either.

It has been many years since I navigated the works of Linnaeus so I suspect there is something here I'm not seeing.

Can anyone please help clarify this for me? I feel like I'm stumbling coming out of the gate.

Thanks in Advance

(Carolina Wren Overview, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology)
 

Mysticete

Well-known member
United States
I'm a recent addition to the site and one of the things I have learned about is the existence of the Lynx publisher. Being a bibliophile, I purchased the Birds of Europe, North America and the Middle East which arrived yesterday.

I went to look up one of the birds that frequents my house, the Carolina Wren, but for the life of me, I can't find it. I found the family Troglodytidae section, but the Carolina Wren is not listed among the subspecies.

When I check on the allaboutbirds.org website, I find:
Carolina Wren
Thryothorus ludovicianus
  • ORDER: Passeriformes
  • FAMILY: Troglodytidae
Which is confusing because it says Thryothorus and not Troglodytidae. Checking the index I didn't find any reference for the Carolina Wren either.

It has been many years since I navigated the works of Linnaeus so I suspect there is something here I'm not seeing.

Can anyone please help clarify this for me? I feel like I'm stumbling coming out of the gate.

Thanks in Advance

(Carolina Wren Overview, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology)
Also, Thryothorus is a genus, which is a taxonomic rank beneath family. So something can be a member of the genus Thryothorus, which is within the family Troglodytidae.
 

Paul Clapham

Well-known member
Canada
Lynx produces high-quality books, that's for sure. I bought All the Birds of the World -- it's basically a coffee-table book only it's for bird taxonomy nerds. A strange combination. But yes, it's unfortunate that North America is a big gap in their coverage of the world's birds.
 

KC Foggin

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United States
Thank you, I now feel like an idiot. I wanted something covering North America so much I just read what I wanted to see.
No need to feel like an idiot. We all start out birding the same way ;) There's a lot to learn and after being on this wonderful Forum for 19 years, I'm still learning something new each day ;)
 
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
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