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


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

Eric Carpenter

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