Blunt's advice on the pronunciation of scientific names (Brit. Birds 102: 25­28) makes interesting reading and I wish those involved in promoting classical pronunciation every success. Such abominations as `Beauty-oh' for Buteo (should be `Boo-teh-aw'), `Troglo-dietees' for Troglodytes (Troglo-dee-tess) and `Puffyness' for Puffinus (Poo-fee-noose), among many others, have always struck me as implaus

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