• Quick History of Avian Classification

    5 days ago - By Ornithology

    We can go back all the way to Aristotle in 300 or so B.C. who classified about 125 different birds on the basis of their habitat. This was a common way of classification for many years. Throughout the middle ages and the renaissance there were various schemes for classifying birds - habitat, beak, color, legs, etc. But most names were based on something other than the relationship of birds to each other. There was no photography until the mid 1800's so descriptions of birds were based on written texts or illustrations of some sort. Many of these illustrations were either inaccurate, or...
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