Date: 6/22/18 11:22 am From: Mark Amershek <mamershek...> Subject: [cobirds] Goodbye, Gray Jay. Hello, Canada Jay!
Received this information in an email from ABA (Michael Retter) today:
The English name of *Perisoreus canadensis* has changed from Gray Jay to *Canada
Jay*. This reverses a committee (*American Ornithological Society’s
Committee on Classification and Nomenclature of North and Middle American
Birds)* action from 1957 and is also a nod toward the possible adoption of
the species as the official bird of Canada. The committee went against
precedent with this decision: its often-voiced opinion that, unless there’s
a species-level change, it’s not wise to tinker with long-established
English names, didn’t win out this time.