Well I grew up in Australia, and I never had any trouble knowing if a White-eye was a Silvereye (Zosterops) or a Hardhead (Aythya)! If you were talking ducks, you might refer to White-eyes, just like here you might refer to Woodies. That a Woodie is a Duck and not a Sandpiper would always be clear from the context - eg the lack of extreme excitement issuing from the vocal chords!

It's far less confusing than Tree Sparrow is on this side of the pond!

Cheers, Chris.

On 04/24/2012 03:02 PM, Bollin III, John J. wrote:
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I’m with Dave on this being confusing nomenclature.  To me what makes this name the most deceiving is fact that White-eye at least in Asia or Australia would normally refer to a bird in the family Zosteropidae an example of which might be the Australian Yellow White-eye (Zosterops luteus).  I kind of like Hardhead.

John Bollin

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