I find it interesting that as English names have been standardized there has been a tendency to opt for names that convey taxonomic relationships. Thus, a lot of people out there would love to attach a "Plover" to the end of Killdeer, and "Rail" to the end of Sora etc. Well if you accept that this is a positive aspect of nomenclature, I don't necessarily accept this, then the names Jaeger and Skua should reflect the phylogeny of these birds. The latest work being done on the subject, out of the University of Toronto, has shown that Pomarine Jaeger is more closely related to the large "Skuas" than the two other jaegers. So one could argue that we should change that one to Pomarine Skua, and leave the other two as jaegers. Now that would really be confusing to beginners!
Alvaro Jaramillo jaramill at sfu.ca Vancouver, B.C.