Talk:List of birds of North Carolina

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List format[edit]

Does anyone know of any way to switch the scientific and common names in an automated manner? I think these lists would look a whole lot better if they were in this format:

I also propose alphabetizing them. I already started doing to by common name (it's relatively easy to alphabetize a continuous list, but it takes a while to do all the sub-lists), but it occurred to me that maybe somebody knows how to switch the two names. By doing both of my proposals, the list would not only be more objective (since common names vary), it would also reflect their relationships to each other a little more closely, since all members of each genus would be close to each other. That would also make this list more usable. --TheAlphaWolf (talk) 03:38, 5 April 2009 (UTC)

The lists (at least this one) are already in taxonomic order per the ABA. Members of the genera are next to each other in the correct sequence. If a person wants to find a particular bird, they can find it either by family and browsing or by using a page search on the entire page. Common names are also the commonly accepted name for North America, with the scientific names after it for confirmation if someone is using a different common name. I hate to do this since it must have taken a lot of work, but I'm reverting you to get the list back in taxonomic order. Rufous-crowned Sparrow (talk) 16:47, 5 April 2009 (UTC)
Ah, I didn't notice that the genera were clustered. I just saw that the names weren't alphabetized by either common or scientific names, and mistakenly thought there was no rhyme or reason to the placement. I still think it'd be better to list them by scientific name, but ok. --TheAlphaWolf (talk) 17:14, 5 April 2009 (UTC)