What Is a Species, Really?

The definition of ‘species’ isn’t as simple as you might think. In this episode, we look at the methods ornithologists use to identify and name bird species.

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15
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November 28, 2020
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What Is a Species, Really?

Summary

The definition of ‘species’ isn’t as simple as you might think. In this episode, we look at the methods ornithologists use to identify and name bird species. And we discuss the challenges they face in this work.

We begin by highlighting the reasons that scientists need to classify birds into species.

Next, we get into several definitions of ‘species’ and the pros and cons of these.

We then look at several case studies of birds to see how they’ve been classified.

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Photos of some birds mentioned

Socorro Parakeet (Psittacara brevipes). Photo by Ignacio March Mifsut.
Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes). Photo by Szymon Bartosz.
Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera). Photo by Wwcsig.


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