[ANSTHRLD] Cardinal Proper
tmcd at panix.com
Tue May 3 14:12:12 PDT 2011
On Tue, 3 May 2011, Pat Mullins <paedrics at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Eldwin Nightowl <eldwin at loveshade.org> wrote:
> > Consider a cardinal (the male bird, not the holy dude) on arms.
> I don't see why there wouldn't be a cardinal proper...
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardinal_(bird)> says that there are 67
birds in the cardinal family. "Cardinal" is as specific as "dogwood".
A "cardinal proper" doesn't exist in nature. Even with the most
well-known species in North America, there are at least two type, one
more buff and one more red.
What you seem to want is "a male Northern cardinal proper".
What's the exact wording on the precedent against "Linnaean proper"?
Tim McDaniel, tmcd at panix.com
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