My personal experience visiting several countries in Europe,áSouth-America and North America is that serious birders use the entireácommonáname. Professionaláornithologistsáuse latin names and/or some times the entire common name. US is the only country I have seen using acronyms on birds names. I am sure in the future this curiousábehavioráwill spread far from the US borders... Unfortunately.
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Subject: [VTBIRD] Abbreviations - it's a status thing.
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable People, we're missing the point. By using TLA's (Three Letter =Acronyms) in your postings, you can mark yourself as a really serious, =near-professional birder, far beyond the mere amateurs who have to spell =things out. Instant in-crowd status! LTC (Larry The Curmudgeon)