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Bird code systems: The AOU Check-List

This page is an older version of the author's writings on bird nomenclature systems. Please see the current version.

The best way to represent the name of a bird is to spell it out, and to conform (where possible) to the names standardized in the current edition of the American Ornithological Union (AOU) Check-List of North American Birds.

However, using the AOU standardized names has some drawbacks:

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See also: Overview of systems for encoding bird names
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Last updated: 2005/02/02 23:34:18