Tag: bird names

June 9, 2021

Grappling with the racist past preserved in birds’ names

Biologists and conservationists are struggling with the legacy borne by birds’ names. It’s not just the McCown’s longspur (Rhynchophanes mccownii), which last year became the thick-billed longspur after the American...

August 12, 2020

Bird’s name sheds Confederate legacy

A bird named for a Confederate general will now be known for the shape of its bill. McCown’s longspur (Rhynchophanes mccownii) is now called the thick-billed longspur.  The North American...

July 20, 2020

Bird named for Confederate general sparks debate

As America grapples with whether or not to remove Confederate monuments, the birding world is dealing with its own dilemma — birds whose scientific or casual names refer to Confederate...