I’ve been putting a forum post like this for a while, so better now than never, I guess.
I’ve noticed an upward trend in people confusing (Domestic Type) with Captive/Cultivated. I know I’ve argued for an ‘escapee’ tag before, but I realised that (Domestic Type) on several different species serves as that escapee tag.
By reporting something as (Domestic Type), you’ve rendered it useless for data on wild birds (Budgerigars & Cockatiel come up as an example here).
Keeping these observations research-grade can help scientists pin potential breeding populations, which is highly unlikely, but still necessary to see how they interact in the environment with any potential threat to native wildlife.
Domestic Waterfowl are a good example of this since (Domestic) Mallards and Muscovy Ducks can quickly ruin a lake environment.
Most of this logic comes from eBird’s ‘If you report it domestic, it’s not enough to count as a species, but we’ll accept it, but if it’s captive, we won’t.’ rule, which makes sense.
Now, what about birds that don’t have (Domestic Type) offered?
If its something like a Zebra Finch or Nanday Parakeet, which are sold in commercial pet stores, I’d leave them at RG, since they could easily become established with the right climate/conditioning.
I know this will probably be shot down immediately by most people, but I just wanted to get my ideology out there.