Date: 3/22/18 9:06 am From: Dave Oster <000004150120c36e-dmarc-request...> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] This is why they are called Red-BELLIED Woodpeckers. :-) (photo)
Years ago I remember hearing about a naming protocol which held that the common name of a species should be based on subtle, individualistic features rather than more obvious and widespread ones. Roseate tern and Red-bellied woodpecker were given as two examples--Roseate with a hint of rosy hue on under-parts during breeding season and the faint red wash of the Red-bellied. The intent of this protocol was to avoid duplicating more obvious features--white-breasted this and white-breasted that, etc.
Of course most birds are not named according to this protocol--common names are really a hodge-podge of historic appellations, common usage and insistent re-naming by the professionals.
For Red-bellied, I don't know that Red-napped Woodpecker would be best since there is already a Red-napped Sapsucker. I've sometimes thought that "Very Loud Woodpecker would be the most appropriate name!"
Dave Oster Verona
-----Original Message----- From: Marty DeAngelo <martytdx...> To: JERSEYBI <JERSEYBI...> Sent: Thu, Mar 22, 2018 10:12 am Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] This is why they are called Red-BELLIED Woodpeckers. :-) (photo)
Still don't know why they're not called red-naped woodpeckers, though.
On Thu, Mar 22, 2018 at 9:03 AM, B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...> wrote:
> I used to wonder how Red-bellied woodpeckers got their name, until one day > I got this straight-on view. They get their name from a not-too-obvious > field mark which is usually hard to see. Note faint wash of red on the > belly: > > https://www.flickr.com/photos/14463444@N07/40237366034/ > > Bernie Sloan > Highland Park > > > How to report NJ bird sightings: see <www.njbrc.com/index.php/ > reporting-rare-birds/> > or e-mail to <njbrcreport...> > List help: <jerseybi-request...> > List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=jerseybi >