• Lumpers and Splitters

    11 monthes ago - By Ornithology

    Northern Flicker
    All individual organisms that scientists have named have scientific names, given by international committees by agreement. Scientific names, Latin or Greek based, are useful internationally. Common names can be confusing across different languages. But it gets even more complex. What is a species? Scientists argue this concept back and forth and often one or a group of organisms keeps getting reclassified.
    We used to have the Yellow-shafted Flicker and the Red-shafted Flicker; now they are called the Northern Flicker. We had the Myrtle and Audubon's Warbler; now they are...
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