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Scientific name changes

First-time talker here - very sorry if I am in the wrong project for this request? The Fifty-ninth Supplement to the American Ornithological Society's Check-list of North American Birds notes that Arizona Woodpecker (formerly L. arizonae) should now be assigned to the genus Dryobates. I suspect there are many such scientific and common name changes needed to the wiki articles whenever a new July issue of the Auk comes out. Is there a central repository of such change requests I need to visit before suggesting an edit? [1] CarlHaynie (talk) 21:22, 12 August 2018 (UTC)

Hi CarlHaynie — you're in the right place! We use the International Ornithological Congress as our source of taxonomy and bird names (common and scientific), and they're still using Leuconotopicus for Arizona Woodpecker. However, you can certainly add the new scientific name to the article and indicate that the name is being used by the AOU. It's also useful (if you're doing that) to indicate why they're moving it from the older genus. Let us know if you have any questions! MeegsC (talk) 21:46, 12 August 2018 (UTC)


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Looking outside the anglophone world

It is now possible to generate automatically updated lists of articles that are on other language Wikipedias but missing on English using Wikidata - an example can be found here where biographies included in other language Wikipedias (or Wikispecies where all taxon authors are included). Shyamal (talk) 03:53, 20 August 2018 (UTC)

Weirdness around jacana

I've just noticed that back in January there was a weird something that happened to Jacana. The page was probably moved with cut and paste and then an admin deleted and placed a dab page in its place. This means that a decade of edits have been lost and someone has thrown up a stub at Jacanidae. Fellow bird admins - thoughts on the best way to untangle this mess technically? More generally, maybe run a rfc about whether jacana the bird is the primary subject? Sabine's Sunbird talk 21:23, 24 August 2018 (UTC)

Could easily undelete and merge the history - but pinging the deleting admin in this case @JHunterJ:. I agree with the bird being the primary topic. Shyamal (talk) 02:10, 25 August 2018 (UTC)
I have done the history merge for Jacana but have not swapped the current disambiguation page at Jacana with Jacanidae. Shyamal (talk) 09:38, 27 August 2018 (UTC)
Thanks. I'll look into fixing the rest of it soon. Sabine's Sunbird talk 08:37, 28 August 2018 (UTC)
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