[CT Birds] Writing about birds. A question.

Roy Harvey rmharvey at snet.net
Fri Dec 11 17:15:33 EST 2009

The American Ornithological Union (AOU) standardizes the capitalization of the common names on the checklist.


I think they change their minds now and again, but not so much for the birds we get here in CT.

I generally try to follow it when assembling the daily report, though I am sure I mess it up often.  A couple of tricky ones: Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, and Black-bellied Whistling-Duck.  It seems like when there is a hyphen in the first part the second word is not capitalized, but in the last part the second word IS capitalized.  But I think you really need to look each one up.

Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT

--- On Fri, 12/11/09, Boletebill <boletebill at yahoo.com> wrote:

> From: Boletebill <boletebill at yahoo.com>
> Subject: [CT Birds] Writing about birds. A question.
> To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
> Date: Friday, December 11, 2009, 4:35 PM
> I probably should know this but I
> don't. When writing about birds for the public what are the
> conventions for capitalization?  Which are correct?
> 1. I like bald eagles.2. I like Bald Eagles.3. The Bald
> Eagles is our symbol.4. The bald eagle is our symbol.5.
> Another favorite is the red-shouldered hawk.6. Another
> favorite is the Red-shouldered Hawk.7. Another favorite is
> the Red-shouldered hawk.
> Bill Yule
> "For those who hunger after the earthly excrescences called
> mushrooms."
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