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How about removing the word Northern from the name of birds that don't have a Southern counterpart, an idea that I believe was previously suggested somewhere else on the forum. When I go to All About Birds and type Northern into their search engine I get a list of MANY Northern birds. When I type Southern into the same search engine I get ZERO results. Why the heavy loading of Northern birds when there's no Southern birds to balance it out. Rhetorical question of course, unless you happen to know the answer. 

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1 hour ago, lonestranger said:

How about removing the word Northern from the name of birds that don't have a Southern counterpart, an idea that I believe was previously suggested somewhere else on the forum. When I go to All About Birds and type Northern into their search engine I get a list of MANY Northern birds. When I type Southern into the same search engine I get ZERO results. Why the heavy loading of Northern birds when there's no Southern birds to balance it out. Rhetorical question of course, unless you happen to know the answer. 

I guess I should have looked further than AAB for southern birds. Wikipedia shows MANY Southern named birds. I didn't see any crossovers though, no Northern and Southern birds seem to share a common name so why bother? Eastern and Western birds share common names and are usually associated with different ranges, but that doesn't seem to apply to Northern and Southern birds. ?‍♂️

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On 6/20/2022 at 12:53 AM, Colton V said:

if we’re worried about what it was called originally, we should be calling it Wisakedjak!

 

Partially the reason why I love calling them by their nickname of Whisky Jack!

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On 8/31/2022 at 4:27 PM, Zoroark said:

I got an e-mail from the Audubon Society about this article they just published. I definitely suggest giving it a read, as it discusses honorific names in depth.

https://www.audubon.org/magazine/summer-2022/whats-bird-name

 

On 9/1/2022 at 10:39 AM, Quiscalus quiscula said:

I get the magazine, so read the article before. Great article.

Totally agree with the points made in the article. Loved the article, thanks for sharing.

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