Where's my Cormorant?

We have received some feedback about the unability of finding some common species in the checklists. Defects are always possible, but the checklists are very complete - they are made by local ornithology societies and contain all the species that have been identified and confirmed at least once in a given geographic area. So, it's unlikely that the species you're searching for is unavailable. You should consider two facts when picking a species:

  1. Official names are used, and this means that there could be an extra word in front of the name you're thinking of. For instance, with the EBN Italia 2003 list and the UK-english language, there is “Common kingfisher”, “Eurasian spoonbill”, “Great cormorant”, while you probably are searching for “Kingfisher”, “Spoonbill”, “Cormorant”.
  2. When you filter names with the keyboard, there are four different filters that you can select. The one active by default is called “smart with initial” and always filters the species matching the first keystroke with the initial. This means that if you type “k” for the Kingfisher, you won't be able to find it because of the “Common”. Please try all the available filters and use the one you prefer.

Here are some examples. Supposing you've selected the checklist EBNItalia 2003, UK-english as primary language, no secondary language, these are the keys you have to type to find a “Common kingfisher” or a “Great cormorant” with the four different filters:

Smart with initial
Common kingfisher: c k n g
Great cormorant: g c r m

Common kingfisher: k n g f
Great cormorant: c r m r n t

Common kingfisher: c k
Great cormorant: g c

Exact substring
Common kingfisher: k i n g
Great cormorant: c o r m

Filters are described in the “Getting started” document.

We're studying how to make the filter smarter, perhaps by ignoring common words such as “African”, “American”, “Eurasian”, “European”, or “Common”. Give us your feedback if you have some ideas.

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