Nov 02, 2023
By Jeremy Logan
In a move announced on Wednesday, the American Ornithological Society said birds in North America will no longer be named after people.
The organization said that in 2024, the organization will begin to rename about 80 species of birds found in the United States and Canada.
According to the society’s president, some English bird names have associations with the past that continue to be exclusionary and harmful.
As opposed to a review of each bird named after a person individually, all such birds will be renamed, including those currently called Wilson’s warbler and Wilson’s snipe, both of which are named after 19th century naturalist Alexander Wilson.