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Bring back the Blue Tit

2 years ago   |   By 10,000 Birds

I'm a long-time champion of the IOC World Bird List as a standard for bird names. I pushed for Wikipedia to adopt them, and then to follow the taxonomy, and given the dominance of Wikipedia in Google search results, this is no small thing. I'm not blind to the list's faults, though. They give short shrift to New Zealand's birds, lumping them with odd names no one here uses because the names are shared elsewhere and God knows America isn't going to take a hit for us.
But if the list has one real problem, it's a tendency towards verbosity. If there's a choice between a simple name and a long...
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