3 November 2008

Pycnonotus sinensis

or "Chinese Bulbul" as it's known in English here in Hong kong. One of the official names for this beast is "Light-vented Bulbul" - I think that's the Oriental Bird Club's official name, and Ben King is partly culpable as well, using "Light-vented..." in his landmark 1975 "Field guide to the Birds of South East Asia"..

As the latin name means "Chinese" I think that, - here in HK - we're well within our rights to ignore committees of Englishmen at the OBC. And, with all due respect to him, Mr Ben King !

And they are entitled to ignore us too. Such is the way of the world.

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