Hello MeegsC! I just finished reading Northern goshawk and I have two questions for you:
1) In the second paragraph of the lead, the first two sentences are as follows:
- "It is a widespread species that inhabits the temperate parts of the northern hemisphere. It is the only species in the Accipiter genus found in both Eurasia and North America. With the exception of Asia, it is the only species of "goshawk" in its range and it is thus often referred to (officially and unofficially, respectively) as simply the "goshawk"."
I just wonder, is it clear to you what "respectively" means? I think it's officially in Eurasia and North America and unofficially in Asia, but usually the word "respectively" is used when there are exactly two items. Here, there are three, and I think "officially and unofficially, respectively" might be a little confusing. What do you think?
2) The last sentence in the section "Habitat" is:
- "A majority of goshawks around the world remain sedentary throughout the year."
Is "sedentary" really the right word? I always thought "sedentary" meant something like "tending to sit a lot", as in a sedentary job. Is this a special meaning used just in ornithology for birds that do not migrate north and south due to changes in the weather or seasons -- that is, "staying in one area all year"? Just thought I'd ask. CorinneSD (talk) 00:28, 12 September 2014 (UTC)
- @CorinneSD:, two good questions! I'm as lost as you about #1. In the US, we might colloquially refer to the species as "The Goshawk" but officially it's the Northern Goshawk, so saying it's officially just "goshawk" wouldn't be correct. Personally, I'd change the second sentence to say "...it is the only species of goshawk in its range and it is thus often referred to as simply "the goshawk"."
- As for the second question, I'd change "remain sedentary" to "are resident".
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