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Name Changers

A world renowned ornithologist explains the recent name changes for some popular parrot species.

By Joseph M. Forshaw

I appreciate the comments made by aviculturists in response to changes in the scientific names of some familiar parrots made in the recently published “Field Guide to Parrots of the World” (Princeton University Press, 2010). “Why did you change the name of the nanday conure or the Major Mitchell’s cockatoo?” is not an unreasonable question, and here I shall attempt to explain the reasons for those changes.

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