Australian Magpie

“In biology, a common name of a taxon or organism is a name that is based on the normal language of everyday life”

It’s the literal definition, and indeed the term ‘vernacular name’ is often used

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In the western US the locals call our particular species (the Black-billed Magpie) simply “Magpie”. But to be clear what species is being referred to I’d use the full common name among non-naturalists who might or might not know there are other birds in the world with that name.

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again, nothing is being ‘changed’; the two names have co-existed for a long time

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But it is not. The name was changed here on iNat more than two and a half years ago. There is no discussion about changing the name; the name was already changed long ago. And outside of the sphere of iNat, the name has existed for many many years.

Also, as I already explained above:

this is a misrepresentation of what I said; I explicitly stated that

I’m not going to continue this discussion as I’ve already made my stance clear, and have reiterated the same points multiple times.

And as already stated before, this discussion should be kept to the taxon flag.

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Discuss specific name changes on