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Bird reclassification?

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Bird reclassification?

Is it true they have now reclassified all Louries as Touraco now?

Craig

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Thank you for a very thorough response and the link. Landi...you made me laugh...you are quite right the bird does not care what it is called.

Craig

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"dkcrooby" wrote:
Is it true they have now reclassified all Louries as Touraco now?

Craig

Louries have always been Turacos, many are from the Genus Turaco . It was really only in Southern Africa where they were called Louries. The Livingstone's Lourie in South Africa became the Livingstone's Turaco in East Africa, yet it was always the same species Turaco livingstonii.

In order to standardise the common names in Africa, the name has been changed from Lourie to Turaco in the latest listing of Southern African birds.

The Grey Lourie's name has however been changed to Grey Go-away Bird to standardise the names of birds from the Genus Corithaixoides.

Some of the common name changes have been controversial and the debate still rages on in some southern African birding websites. My personal opinion is that the new names make it easier for birders travelling throughout Africa, but that it is a personal preference, you can call the bird what you like, it really doesn't care.

Landi

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Craig you will find a link to the new Roberts book under Useful links here
http://www.africam.com/boma/viewtopic.php?t=2149
On the Roberts site you can download a list with the new names and yes that is what they are called now

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