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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.

faerthen

Moved common names to each subspecies

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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)
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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)
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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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