How the Canada Jay lost its name an why it matters

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Strickland's article explores the evolution of the colloquial name for Perisoreus canadensis, particularly the American Ornithologists' Union 1957 change from "Canada Jay" to "Gray Jay". Also called the "Whiskeyjack", the Canada Jay's nomination in the Royal Canadian Geographical Society's 2015-16 campaign to choose a national bird begins Strickland's exploration of why the American Ornithologists' Union abandoned the historic name "Canada Jay".


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Ontario Birds, Journal of the Ontario Field Ornithologists Vol. 35 No.1 Journal

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  • Animals
  • Taxonomy
  • Birds
  • Ornithology


North America


  • Nomenclature
  • Classification

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Number of pages : 14; Page numbers : 2-16

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