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Thu, 01 Mar 2018 02:17:32 +0000 Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) fogartyf

There are several subspecies missing from the taxon tree, and the common names as is are confusing.


Moved common names to each subspecies



Added the missing subspecies. Did not touch any of the common names (and so, not marking this as resolved yet).

Posted by bouteloua over 1 year ago (Flag)

From @fogartyf:
"the common name is applied by field guides to a group of subspecies, not just that one subspecies, and it is causing a lot of confusion and resulting in hundreds of misidentifications. I understand the desire to keep the names clean and simple, but I think something has to be done here to improve the current situation."

Posted by bouteloua over 1 year ago (Flag)

I deleted the subspecies common names from the P. iliaca taxon page and added them to each subspecies. The names I changed are red, sooty, slate-colored, and thick-billed fox sparrows.

I also added some common names based on the Latin name translation to a few subspecies that don't appear to have common names but mostly have photos available, including: short-tailed (P. i. brevicauda), Chilcat (P. i. chilcatensis), Townsend's (P. i. townsendi), Stephen's (P. i. stephensi), Swarth's (P. i. swarthi). Other subspecies Latin names were a little less obvious in translation, so I left those without common names.

Hopefully this clears up the confusion.

Posted by faerthen about 1 year ago (Flag)

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