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Warbling Vireo (1 Viewer)

dantheman

Bah humbug
'Dunroamin', the house name the most common use these days? Never said or written the word 'dun' myself.


(dunroamin = done roaming, awful tacky pun).
 

Snapdragyn

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This one begs the issue of common names being compounded ad absurdum. There's legitimate question of what might happen w/ 2 of the swainsoni group (brewsteri & sympatricus). Going with 'Western Warbling Vireo' then just leads to 'Cape Western Warbling Vireo', 'Sympatric (or...?) Western Warbling Vireo', & IDK maybe 'Northern Western Warbling Vireo'.
We can do better.
 

D Halas

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But you've heard of a Dunlin, right?

In addition to the shorebird, the word hangs on well enough in equestrian circles.

Aside from the description of a very neutral brownish gray, a secondary meaning of the word is along the lines of "dull or drab." So perhaps this is perfect for a "boring-looking vireo!" I have significant doubts that anyone will adopt "Dun Vireo" as a name, but I do like the suggestion.

Maybe "Dun Vireo" for one and "Drab Vireo" for the other? But then of course, how would anyone manage to remember which was which?
 

raymie

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United States
I like the idea of referencing the song in at least one of their names - perhaps the eastern species could be called Melodious Vireo? The name Swainson's seems ready made for the western one given its specific name, but I doubt they will give any bird an honorific name in the current political climate.
 

Mysticete

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United States
This one begs the issue of common names being compounded ad absurdum. There's legitimate question of what might happen w/ 2 of the swainsoni group (brewsteri & sympatricus). Going with 'Western Warbling Vireo' then just leads to 'Cape Western Warbling Vireo', 'Sympatric (or...?) Western Warbling Vireo', & IDK maybe 'Northern Western Warbling Vireo'.
We can do better.
Presumably then you just give the Mexican forms new names. When they split Western Scrub Jay we didn't get California Western And Woodhouse's Western Scrub Jays. Sounds like an argument to keep Western Warbling Vireo, because then you can use Swainson's Warbling Vireo if its further split.
 

njlarsen

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Barbados
I really do not have any problem with Eastern and Western WV. I would have a problem with renaming one of the components and not the other.

Niels
 

njlarsen

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So.... are the wintering ranges of the two forms well known yet?
BotW, presumably taken from HBW says gilvus is wintering from SE Mexico (south of the isthmus) to Nicaragua. The rest seems to be mainly west of the isthmus, but with victoriae mentioned as "winter range unknown". Some recent maps I saw makes this a question of: is the above correct and id of some reports incorrect or is it the other way around? That was the reason I asked about the birds seen in Costa Rica.

Niels
 
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Colombia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Colombia

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