Re: Common Moorhen’s name…

You could petition the ABA to request a name change, as the bird is a year-round resident of FL, but it is also widely distributed over much of Mexico and a large part of California all year, too, so they may not appreciate it being called a Florida Gallinule.  Reminds me of the so-called Arizona Woodpecker, formerly knows as Strickland’s WP.  If you look at its range, it’s definitely Mexico according to my Sibley’s, although other references show it in a small section of southern Arizona.  I had the pleasure of seeing and photographing these birds at Ash Canyon B&B, near Sierra Vista, AZ several years ago….which is when I learned how we claimed a Mexican species as our own.


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