Date: 6/23/18 7:12 am From: Eric Carpenter <ecarpe...> Subject: [texbirds] Re: Budgeriar eBird Submissions
This is a confusing topic for lots of folks. The use of "domestic" in the eBird taxonomy is tied to distinctive phenotypes, and not necessarily birds that aren't actually wild. There is a whole paragraph (search for "Domestics") on the following eBird webpage that goes over this:
I'm sure many/most (all?) Budgerigars that are in pet stores are phenotypically different than wild ones but I can also imagine that there could be a couple here and there that look pretty close plumage/color-wise to wild birds where "Budgerigar" is the correct choice over "Budgerigar (Domestic type)".
The main part of that is just education, for both reviewers and eBird users, in knowing/remembering that 1) there is a "(Domestic type)" option for a given species and 2) that this only to be used for birds that are phenotypically distinct. I can't say its a huge problem though. In 2018 for Texas, there have been 51 submissions for "Budgerigar (Domestic type)" and 6 for "Budgerigar", and none of the non-domestic types have been validated.
Eric Carpenter Austin, TX
On Sat, Jun 23, 2018 at 8:07 AM Joe and Renee Fischer < <dmarc-noreply...> wrote:
> Why do Texas birders continue to submit Budgeriar to eBird when there is a > Budgeriar (Domestic) option in eBird? Certainly no one believes these are > wild at this point. A bit surprised that the eBird reviewers have not > corrected. I am certainly in favor of submitting everything that is seen. > However, some species do have a domestic option and that would appear to be > the correct option. We went through this with the Indian Peafowl a couple > of years back. > > Joe Fischer > Friendswood, TX > http://www.pbase.com/joe_e_fischer >