[CT Birds] AOU order change

Greg Hanisek ghanisek at rep-am.com
Tue Jul 24 16:03:35 EDT 2012

Back in the 1970s when the birding world was up in arms about the first big 
bout of lumping and splitting (goodbye Baltimore Oriole, temporarily, etc.), 
a wise and valued mentor took a deep pull on his pipe and said, "Greg, just 
remember. The bird's haven't changed. Just the way we think about them." 
Taxonomic changes haven't caused me a bit of consternation ever since.

They seldom have any affect on identification or enjoyment of birds (at 
least if you've been paying attention to subspecies). In fact, since AOU 
order (which many newer birders don't even know exists) is supposed to 
reflect relationships, and the changes now derive to a large extent from DNA 
analysis, you could just look at the whole process as correcting past 
misjudgments :)

Greg Hanisek

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Paul Desjardins" <paul.desjardins2 at gmail.com>
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Sent: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 8:58 AM
Subject: [CT Birds] AOU order change

> Just learned that the falcons have been separated from the rest of the 
> hawks and placed after the woodpeckers!!! Is this insane or what!
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