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Those birds were named after persons, and end with 's.   John James Audubon named each after friends, benefactors, travel companions.  Harris's Sparrow was named after benefactor, Edward Harris;  Bell's Vireo, after taxidermist and collector John Bell;  Henslow's Sparrow after a friend, John Stevens Henslow.   (Google helped.)

Your field guides are good for finding the spelling.  ASM's website, mobirds.org has an annotated list of Missouri's birds with standard spelling of common and scientific names.  Look under "birder tools."

June Newman


On Mar 19, 2012, at 10:26 PM, Christine Kline wrote:

When a species’ name ends in “s,” do you add an apostrophe?
i.e. Harris Sparrow
Henslows Sparrow
Bells Vireo
 
I really appreciate your help!
 
Christine Kline
Board Member ~ Friends of Squaw Creek and Burroughs Audubon
Home/Office: (816) 540-3515
Cell: (816) 824-1074
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The Audubon Society of Missouri's Wild Bird Discussion Forum
ASM Spring Meeting: April 27, 2012 in Joplin, MO
http://www.mobirds.org/ASM/Meetings.aspx
ABA Birding Code of Ethics
http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html