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Corvidae (Crows 2)

The name of the crow family as Corvidae was mentioned by English zoologist William Elford Leach (as Corvidæ, which was […]

Gulls 2

Comparing English and scientific names can be confusing in gull species. The agreed classification for gulls at this point in […]

Robin 2

German ornithologist Ernst Hartert (1858–1933) was the first to describe the subspecies of Robin present in the British Isles (Erithacus […]

Robin 1

It’s coming on Christmas, and there will be Robins everywhere. Cards decorated with this chat in snow, in trees, in […]

Great (White) Egret

In a recent query on the Glamorgan Rarities Committee blog regarding Great (White) Egret, John Wilson asked whether Great White […]

Gulls 1

Of the 54 gull species on the IOC world list, 24 are Larus gulls, 12 are Chroicocephalus, 5 Leucophaeus, 6 […]

Plant and Bird Names

There are quite a few examples of scientific names stretching across plants and animals (hemihomonyms). Most of the animals in […]

Marmora’s Warbler

The Marmora’s Warbler found near the Blorenge, Gwent, 3 June, is the latest in a series of megastar birds to […]