Examples of Matching Bird Names and Codes

The Match Bird Names and Codes web page provides a convenient mechanism for matching English bird names, scientific bird names, 4-letter codes derived from English names, and 6-letter codes derived from scientific names. Several examples are shown below:

By selecting other options, it is also possible to match 4-letter IBP codes, 6-letter IBP codes, and 4-letter BBL codes. A couple of things are worth noticing:

 


 

Example 1 — Matching any name or code. Matching any name or code allows one to find any listing that contains the text to be matched. Often matching any name or code will generate the desired results even though a particular name or code is not specified. This method is used unless another method is selected. For example, someone who is presented with the 4-letter code CAGO without being told whether it is an IBP code or a BBL code could use the match any code option to match CAGO anywhere in the data set. This was done to produce Table 1.

Table 1
Match type: Any name or code. Text to match: CAGO.
IBP
4-letter
code
English name Scientific name IBP
6-letter
code
BBL
4-letter
code
CANGCanada GooseBranta canadensisBRACANCAGO!

As Table 1 demonstrates, CAGO is recognized as a BBL 4-letter code, but not as an IBP 4-letter code. The exclamation point following the BBL 4-letter code indicates that the IBP and BBL 4-letter codes differ for this species.

 


 

Example 2 — Matching only English names. Matching English names allows one to find IBP 4-letter codes, scientific names, IBP 6-letter codes, and BBL 4-letter codes from an English name. Usually, it's not necessary to enter the complete English name to get usable results. Table 2 was produced by matching the text egret to English names.

Table 2
Match type: English names. Text to match: egret
IBP
4-letter
code
English name Scientific name IBP
6-letter
code
BBL
4-letter
code
GREGGreat EgretArdea albaARDALBGREG
INEGIntermediate EgretMesophoyx intermediaMESINT~
CHEGChinese EgretEgretta eulophotesEGREUL~
LIEGLittle EgretEgretta garzettaEGRGAR~
SNEGSnowy EgretEgretta thulaEGRTHUSNEG
REEGReddish EgretEgretta rufescensEGRRUFREEG
CAEGCattle EgretBubulcus ibisBUBIBICAEG

Several features that are consistent for all kinds of match types are worth noting:

 


 

Example 3 — Matching only scientific names. Three different genera are represented in Table 2: Mesophoyx, Egretta, and Bubulcus. Not all egrets are in the genus Egretta. If we match "egret" in scientific names we get the results shown in Table 3.

Table 3
Match type: Scientific names. Text to match: egret
IBP
4-letter
code
English name Scientific name IBP
6-letter
code
BBL
4-letter
code
CHEGChinese EgretEgretta eulophotesEGREUL~
LIEGLittle EgretEgretta garzettaEGRGAR~
WERHWestern Reef-HeronEgretta gularisEGRGUL~
SNEGSnowy EgretEgretta thulaEGRTHUSNEG
LBHELittle Blue HeronEgretta caeruleaEGRCAELBHE
TRHETricolored HeronEgretta tricolorEGRTRITRHE
REEGReddish EgretEgretta rufescensEGRRUFREEG
~Pacific Reef HeronEgretta sacraPRHE

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