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I replied to your message on my talk page. Gerrit 18:57, 28 Oct 2004 (UTC)

I posted a list of data at my homepage for the second batch. See also the village pump. I would appreciate it if you could take a look at the data for the second batch. Gerrit 19:57, 28 Oct 2004 (UTC)

Ruta chalepensisEdit

Hello MPF! I saw your name change in this species of Ruta and I have to object. The correct name really is Ruta chalepensis. If you do not believe me, please, search in International Plant Name Index for Genus "Ruta" and Species epithet "chal%". Now I will move this page back. Best wishes --Franz Xaver 22:43, 19 May 2005 (UTC)

I fear there is a typo in New Royal Horticultural Society Dictionary of Gardening. If you want, I would have access to Species Plantarum and could check the original spelling used by Linné. --Franz Xaver 23:31, 19 May 2005 (UTC)

Image:Populus alba(01-02).jpgEdit

I uploaded a few extra photos of Populus alba. I still think it's Populus alba and not Platanus x hispanica, because of the habit, the lighter color of the leaves and the fact that the leaves are 3-5 lobed. The leaves of Platanus x hispanica are 5-lobed. But I must admit that the leaves look quite similar. Unless you disagree.... JoJan 15:46, 23 May 2005 (UTC)

OK, as soon as I can find the time, I'll reupload the images under the proper name and ask for a speedy deletion of the misnamed images. It is not always easy to name a tree, when you have to gorely on the pictures and drawings of a book. BTW I use "Trees of Britain and Europe" (Hamlyn Guide) JoJan 08:34, 24 May 2005 (UTC)

Pinus halepensisEdit

Thx for correcting my error! TeunSpaans 16:49, 2 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Lotus maritimusEdit

Hello MPF! Please check this paper. You will see that Lotus maritimus (Tetragonolobus m.) is placed in an "Old World Lotus clade" which contains also Lotus corniculatus, the type species of Lotus. Whereas "New World Lotus" best should be removed from Lotus or included into Coronilla, it is not possible to uphold Tetragonolobus without producing a paraphyletic genus Lotus. However, with this phylogeny, it is possible to separate Dorycnium from Lotus s.str. (Old World Lotus). Best wishes --Franz Xaver 11:44, 16 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Speedy deletion of categoriesEdit

Greeting, MPF. Many of us prefer to use categories to pages when listing and viewing groups of images. In fact, a majority of those voting in a large straw poll requested that categories and pages be merged. Unfortunately, there are techinical difficulties with this, but for the time being, much of the organization is duplicated in categories and pages. This is as it should be for now. When the tech people catch up, we'll have a single system. Until then, please don't mark categories for deletion when they duplicate organization found in pages. Thanks, Quadell (talk) June 27, 2005 15:07 (UTC)

Hello again. I tried to keep all of your typo-fixes and improvements, but it looks like I missed some. Sorry. Thanks for all you're doing!
Yeah, I'd like to have everything in both places, but it's a huge task. There are thousands of pages (of plant genuses especially) with lots of pictures and no corresponding category. I would think a bot could be written to do a lot of it, but I don't know how to write such a thing, unfortunately.
As for category:photographs, yeah, it does look rather pointless at the moment. My hope is that eventually there will be a search method based on categories. "[Betulaceae] AND [leaves]" could return a subset, or "[pumpkins] AND [photographs]" could weed out clip art and diagrams. I dunno. It may not work out in the end. Quadell (talk) June 28, 2005 01:53 (UTC)


Hi MPF, thanks a lot for identifying this tree. -- aka 27 June 2005 15:24 (UTC)

Image:El Hierro Sabinar.JPGEdit

Hello MPF, thanks a lot for identifying this tree as a phoenician juniper. Do you know, by any chance, whether Image:Oman Dhofar Frankincense.jpg is a real frankincense tree or something else? I took pictures of trees that might look like frankincense in Southern Oman, but I have no idea whether I got it right ... thanks, -- Arcimboldo 5 July 2005 15:34 (UTC)

Araucaria bidwilliiEdit

Thanks! I was not absolutely sure, since I found some photos of A. angustifolia on internet which looked similar: [1], [2], [3]. Obviously young trees of A. angustifolia do not show the typical habitus. Probably, the tree on my photo is not young enough any more. Do you know if A. bidwillii is cultivated very often in South America? --Franz Xaver 6 July 2005 06:53 (UTC)

Hi! On more reply on my talk page. Cheers. --Franz Xaver 6 July 2005 11:55 (UTC)

Image:Spartium junceum b.jpgEdit

Hello MPF! You are absolutely right, this is Cytisus. I had overlooked this mistake. However, in my opinion it is not Cytisus scoparius. I checked this with "Flora Europaea": In Southern Portugal, additionally to Cytisus scoparius also Cytisus grandiflorus can be found. This species has larger corollas - which is not possible to decide from this photo. It is more important that it is described to have less strongly angled twigs - older twigs are said even to be terete. The distinguishing character in the key is Cytisus grandiflorus having all leaves sessile versus Cytisus scoparius having only 1-foliolate leaves sessile whereas its 3-foliolate leaves are petiolate. Please, check this photo a second time. I will remove it from Cytisus scoparius now until a definite decision. Regards --Franz Xaver 15:34, 14 July 2005 (UTC)

OK, so I will create an article Cytisus and place this photo there as an unclassified. --Franz Xaver 15:46, 14 July 2005 (UTC)


MPF, you changed a few times sisterlinks into siblings, because that is a non-sexist term. However thoughout wikimedia all it siblings are called sisterprojects. I encountered no discussion about that name. Can you show me a discussion about this? HenkvD 19:27, 1 December 2005 (UTC)

Hi HenkvD - thanks for the note; I don't know if there has been any discussion on this (I wouldn't know where to find it!), but I certainly find the sexism in the term 'sister links' very distasteful and would be very glad if it could be changed throughout to a non-sexist term. Would you know where to start discussion on it? - MPF 23:25, 3 December 2005 (UTC)
MPF, I didn't find a discussion about this either. To start a discussion about this I suggest a poll on the en: villagepump as this would be an issue there too and you would reach many wikipedians there. If the outcome is in favour of siblings (or so) it needs to be changed on several places. You (or anybody else) will need to identify those places yourself and change them. Personally I don't object to the term sisterproject, so I would like to continue using this term until a poll decides otherwise. HenkvD 13:47, 5 December 2005 (UTC)

Template:Featured pictures candidates/Image:IM000148.JPGEdit

Those hidious buildings are part of Snoqualmie Falls. --Romeo Bravo 21:52, 12 December 2005 (UTC)

Template:Featured pictures candidates/Image:FurciferPardalisMale.JPGEdit

Image:Myslivny bozi dar lake.jpgEdit

thumb|left|removed telegraph pole. Hello, I removed the telegraph pole. Maybe you will change your vote. Tatoute 20:21, 29 December 2005 (UTC)

about Image:EupatoriumAdenophorum.jpgEdit

I thought there is no any copyright claim in the web site and it is a government branch web.--Fanghong 10:47, 2 January 2006 (UTC)

Alnus rubraEdit

I added catkin images to Alnus_rubra. Did I get the descriptions right? Thanks for fixing my earlier mistake on this page. [4] I have no idea what I could have been thinking. Best wishes, Wsiegmund 14:35, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for fixing Arctostaphylos viscida , too. I'll try to do better. [5] Wsiegmund 19:53, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

Viola rivinianaEdit


do you know anything about viola's? User:Svdmolen uploaded Image:Viola riviniana (xndr).jpg and asked my opinion, as he is not sure about the determination. TeunSpaans 17:30, 8 April 2006 (UTC). The pic was taken on one of the south slopes in the dunes in the Netherlands.

t.i.a., TeunSpaans 17:30, 8 April 2006 (UTC)

Bird identification helpEdit

You changed the species on an image I uploaded, Image:Blackbird-sunset-03.jpg (not sure how you could tell since they're all just silhouetted). Could you possibly look at another? The source for Image:Eagle-moon-web-2.jpg says it's a Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) but User:Stse says he's sure it's a juvenile Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus). Perhaps your expert eyes could take a look? Thanks so much. Howcheng 07:00, 9 May 2006 (UTC)

no subgenera Laurocerasus and Padus of genus PrunusEdit

hello, you made extensive changes to articles under genus Prunus but it appears you are working with an old system. there are no subgenera Padus and Laurocerasus anymore, so please revert to the version before your changes. reference: regards -- Ayacop 14:16, 9 June 2006 (UTC)

You write "Thanks for the note; I'd like to have a look at the references first before removing Padus, it may be premature to follow new classifications if they are not well supported by evidence - MPF 15:56, 9 June 2006 (UTC" --- Speaking of evidence, what's your evidence for the system with those subgenera? do you use a taxonomy database, at all? -- Ayacop 17:12, 9 June 2006 (UTC)
You write "Things called textbooks! I'll accept it is the 'old traditional' classification and that it might change with further evidence, but the new evidence has to be tested - MPF 20:33, 9 June 2006 (UTC)" --- So you agree to revert your changes whenever the given (link above) hypothesis was successfully tested? -- Ayacop 15:59, 10 June 2006 (UTC)
And just for the record, I'd like to know which textbooks you used for that decision. Thanks for bearing with me. -- Ayacop 16:04, 10 June 2006 (UTC)
You write "If this had been explained before, I probably wouldn't have made the moves in the first place". You are right, of course, and I apologize. Many thanks for your work. -- Ayacop 07:01, 11 June 2006 (UTC)

Template:Featured pictures candidates/Image:Felicidade A very happy boy.jpgEdit

Pardon, I speak very bad english. I'm the father of the boi of this photo. Best wishes. --Lmbuga gl, pt, es: contacta comigo 20:24, 21 June 2006 (UTC)

An invitationEdit

I noticed that you have reviewed FP pictures and are asking if you could assist in the developement of Commons:Quality Images. and associated pages Commons:Quality images candidates ; Commons:Quality images guidelines thankyou Gnangarra 14:30, 30 June 2006 (UTC)

Image:Soichi 20Noguchi em 20alta.jpgEdit

Sorry... but because you it voted against my image?

João Felipe C.S 00:25, 14 July 2006 (UTC)


This image is now working. You may want to (but do not feel compelled to) revise your vote on it's Featured Picture nomination. Thanks for noticing the problem in the first place. Best regards, --Abu badali 16:54, 24 July 2006 (UTC)

Larix dedidua imageEdit

Hi MPF; It looks to me like you may have missed a copyright tag on Image:Larix decidua0.jpg. Best wishes, Wsiegmund 17:45, 24 July 2006 (UTC) imageEdit

Sorry, but according to Commons:Stock.xchng images we must not upload images from, unless we obtain a written permission from their authors. --Dodo 07:18, 28 July 2006 (UTC)


do you have any source where it stays that they had rigid tails. i can change the drawing but i would like to be sure first. in wikipedia it says nothing and i was wondering if you would have a link or the name of a book where one could read that..-LadyofHats 21:36, 30 July 2006 (UTC)

    • any way i changed it now. it has a staight coming out tail. please change your vote -LadyofHats 11:18, 31 July 2006 (UTC)

Commons:Featured pictures candidates/Image:Anta orca de pendilhe 0486.JPGEdit

Hello, I think the image is ok now. Can you see it? Thanks!--João Carvalho 21:13, 1 August 2006 (UTC)


Great, I just put it up this morning when i got home from work and did leave a message at the top saying i was working on it, glad someone is using the system LOL. I plan on doing an alphabetical listing for now, then taking the larger collections of Species or Families and placing them in a separate article in Cat Seeds. If you want to help out could you do the editing out of non seed pics, just like I did in Herbarium which I put up last night before going to work. We need to colelct appropriate Botanical Categories to link Seeds to as well. I will work on the Alpha list for now if you can do the other two things in both articles and thanks WayneRay 17:22, 23 August 2006 (UTC)WayneRay

Seed continuumEdit

I just noticed that there is a Category Acer seed and not an article Acer seed in the Cat Seed, so I have stopped the alpha list for now and I thought if you wouldn't mind moving all the Acer seed photos from Seed and link them to Cat Acer seed? I think it should be an article and not a category but it is already there. Just add the Cat to the photo and delete it from my list and that should clear up a dozen anyway. Thanks, talk tomorrow or later, let me know what else you have done so i don't mess up. WayneRay 20:01, 23 August 2006 (UTC)WayneRay

Pic size of aircraft carrier on VPEdit

You made an edit to VP with Image:FS Clem plan1.jpg- I think you were trying to be helpful about not having a humungous bitmap in the middle of VP. Actually, if you read the thread, you would know this was actually intentionally left large to illustrate the Firefox bug that Doozey was unaware of. Please do not make it small again or the bug will not be seen. Thanks -Mak 06:13, 20 September 2006 (UTC)

Abies specEdit

I have a photo of juveline cones in Commons:Quality images candidates (Image:Abies_spec) whose species I can't identify. I'm not even sure it is a fir (abies). Could you please help? Regards, -- Alvesgaspar 14:50, 11 October 2006 (UTC)

  • Thank you very much for your help. The photo was taken in April, in a mountainous region NE of Portugal. I have no idea if the tree was cultivated or not, but I guess it could be since the firs are not (as far as I know) native Portuguese species. In “Trees in Britain, Europe and North America”, by Roger Phillips (Pan Books, 1978), the most similar juvenile cones are indeed those of the Caucasian Fir, Abies nordmanniana! Its red is so intense that the reviewers looking at my picture might think I manipulated the colours…
I’m not a biologist, as you might guess. Are you? Regards, -- Alvesgaspar 22:41, 11 October 2006 (UTC)

STOP altering the files propertiesEdit

Categories are part of the files properties, and we need them to manage the files. Uses of the files don't matter: STOP removing their categories, because it's Commons current policy. --Juiced lemon 18:13, 19 October 2006 (UTC)

FPC:Bryce Canyon HoodoosEdit

Just wanted you to know I removed the metal cage / fence at the top right of the slope here --Digon3 17:38, 23 November 2006 (UTC)


The debate about removing categories from media files only because the files are in articles is closed. This practice is no longer permitted, and I'll not let you continue it. Appropriate categories can only be removed when they are superseded by one or several more precise categories. If you don't understand the categorization principles, don't interfere anymore with the categorization system. --Juiced lemon 11:18, 28 November 2006 (UTC)

Coo! You're the Dictator of Commons, now?? - MPF 14:19, 28 November 2006 (UTC)


Hi! Thanks for your comment on Commons:Featured picture candidates/Image:Treehaifa.jpg, I just would like to know what you meant by saying that there was no identification for the image? I think I provided the required info on the image page. I'm new to commons and not well familiar with they way things work here. Regards, Grandmaster 12:44, 8 December 2006 (UTC)

OK, thanks a lot for the useful info. Unfortunately, I have no idea what that plant was, I just saw it in the park in Haifa n Israel, where I was on a trip. It’s no big deal if nomination fails, I’m not taking it too serious. Anyway, it was nice talking to you, take care. Grandmaster 13:20, 8 December 2006 (UTC)

Proposal: Picture of the Year and Picture of the Month contestsEdit

I have posted a new proposal on Commons talk:Featured picture candidates regarding the creation of FP-related contests and would like your feedback on the idea. This message is being sent to some of the regular contributors to Commons:Featured picture candidates. Alvesgaspar 16:06, 8 January 2007 (UTC)

Trees in Porto CovoEdit

Robinia pseudoacacia... - I'm impressed how you identified the species without seeing the leaves. These same trees are regularly subjected to awfull loppings. The scars are visible in the photo. Alvesgaspar 17:22, 10 January 2007 (UTC)

POTY election implementationEdit

Some help in needed to organize the POTY election. Please check the conclusions of the discussion in Commons talk:Featured picture candidates. What do you think of doing the election in the period 15-31 January? - Alvesgaspar 14:45, 12 January 2007 (UTC)

QI discussionEdit

There is an important discussion going on here which might result in a snowball with unwanted results. Although I agree that the actual QI guidelines should be tuned up, I can't support a considerable degrading of the existing criteria, towards some "poor man's QI" model. - Alvesgaspar 14:46, 20 January 2007 (UTC)

Category:Betula nigraEdit

Category can't deleted. Not empty! -- Rüdiger Wölk 11:12, 2 February 2007 (UTC)

ToL Newsletter issue 1Edit

The inaugural newsletter of the Tree of Life project has been published. You are welcome to read the newsletter, comment on its contents, frequency and form, or unsubscribe by putting your name on my talk page.

Teun Spaans 21:45, 2 February 2007 (UTC)

Image:Male and female superb fairy wren.jpgEdit

You previously voted in the FP candidacy of Image:Male and female superb fairy wren.jpg. This image has now been nominated for removal of its FP status. If you have not already done so, you might like to join the discussion at Commons:Featured picture candidates/removal/Image:Male and female superb fairy wren.jpg. I'm notifying both pro and anti-voters. --MichaelMaggs 16:17, 21 February 2007 (UTC)


Oh shoot! I misspelled Sicily as Scilly! Thanks for correcting my mistake. --IncMan 19:37, 18 March 2007 (UTC)

FPC/Humanitarian aidEdit

If you want to take another look, I found a larger version and removed some of the noise. ~ trialsanderrors 03:04, 24 March 2007 (UTC)

Rosa cultivarsEdit

Hey, category for rose cultivars is a good idea! What was your purpose in making two subcategories? If you want random access for instance, there's {{CategoryTOC}}, as used in Category:Plantae by family for instance. Stan Shebs 13:30, 3 April 2007 (UTC)

Ah. A futile hope though, since I have hundreds more cultivars to upload, bwahaha! But not now, off to Nevada rare plant workshop, hoping to meet Jim Reveal there and learn more secrets of Eriogonum... Stan Shebs

Bryce Canyon Hoodoos Amphitheater PanoramaEdit

I have downsampled Bryce Canyon Hoodoos Amphitheater Panorama as Image:Bryce Canyon Hoodoos Amphitheater Panorama 2.jpg. Tell me what you think and if I need to downsample more. --Digon3 14:16, 12 April 2007 (UTC)


Why do you remove categories from images, so they're not in any category anymore? ALL images should at least be in one appropriate category, and images of trees should certainly be in a category of the family or species or whatever taxonomy is chosen or appropriate... --LimoWreck 21:34, 15 April 2007 (UTC)

Because it just duplicates the species page, which is in the same category. - MPF 21:38, 15 April 2007 (UTC)

Well, articles/pages are NOT replacements for categories. Duplicates are no problem, contrary, pictures are easier grouped automatically by categories. Quote: "The category structure is the primary way to organize and find files on the Commons. It is essential that every file can be found by browsing the category structure." from Commons:Categories. So, please do NOT remove categories ! Thanks. --LimoWreck 21:43, 15 April 2007 (UTC)

Please stop destroying categories AGAINST WikiCommons guidelines. Thanks ! --21:53, 15 April 2007 (UTC)

And to make it even more obvious "Do not remove categories just because an image is in a categorized gallery", from Commons:Categories#Categories_and.2For_galleries.3F !

No, because it makes a nonsense of finding things. Take a look at e.g. Category:Picea, which contains just one image directly, and the rest all neatly sorted by species pages. If every Picea image was likewise put in the category, then it would contain over 200 images, splitting the category onto two pages and making some of the species pages hard to find (because they get shoved over to page 2). Also images are not easier to find in a category, as they are sorted alphabetically by image filename, not by species, so they are not in any useful order for finding them in a category. The category structure works well for pages, but not well for images. - MPF 21:49, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
If you fear a category can grow too large, you can simply create subcategories where relevant. E.g., a dumb, really simplistic example: If you fear a category with "animals" would grow to large, you don't remove the [:category:animal] tag, like you did. Also, you shouldn't try "indexing" in the categories, as that doesn't make sense to find the relevant pics in the category. What should be done (read commons:categorisation is adding a [:category:bird], [:category:insects] or whatever tag, and makes those categories subcategories of [:category:animal]. That way, you help improving the categorisation scheme. And creating a gallery parallel to this category scheme can always be usefull, as a gallery provides a way for adding some extra explanations or so; but that doesn't mean the category scheme should be broken apart. --LimoWreck 22:35, 15 April 2007 (UTC)

Removal of categoriesEdit

Greetings. I see above that multiple people have asked that you discontinue removing all categories from images. When you do this you make the images unreachable from the category system. The category system is the bulk machine readable ordering of images on commons. Galleries support a different class of use because they are hand selected and maintained human orderings of the images. I'd be glad to discuss the merits of having two parallel but not identical systems with you further but you can not continue to category orphan commons images. Thanks. --Gmaxwell 00:29, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Commons:Featured picture candidates/Image:DK Fanoe Windmill01.JPGEdit

Thanks for your support! I didn't know that the image had been nominated until I was told that it had been promoted; it was a pleasant surprise. You're right about your comment; in fact, the photo was taken the day after I had bought a new camera, and I had only internal memory and needed to limit resolution until I could get a memory card. Cnyborg 20:22, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Thank youEdit

Thank you again MPF for identification help. This is very kind of you. As in last spring, apparently juvenile birds cause me trouble. Also, it was a nice surprise to see that you had also identified the Sylvia communis, which had bothered me for long time.

Regarding location information, I try to improve my habits - actually I found a web-application which should enable me to provide rather precise location as geographic coordinates (in addition to verbal description), which I will use in my further uploads. --Thermos 16:19, 25 April 2007 (UTC)


I notice that Brya is changing the format on all categories of plants on Commons. I believe his/her intent is to move on to en.Wiki as a sock puppet and do the same. Has the plant community on Commons reached consensus that the Brya changes are what is wanted, or is there no plant community on Commons, or is it like categories, anyone does what they want? The second Brya sock has been found and permanently blocked on Wikipedia.[6] I really don't think Brya gets the concept of community, and allowing his/her charge on Commons without regards to community consensus could lead to major problems later on, if there ever is a botany community here. KP Botany 20:21, 20 May 2007 (UTC)


Hi. It is common use to omit categorization when the picture is in an article, but, that said, it is NOT official policy to remove categories. So you can have both if you want, but leaving only one type of 'categorization' is encouraged. I personally have also started to remove categories when the picture is in an article. Lycaon 11:40, 27 May 2007 (UTC)

Please (please :-) don't remove categories just because it's on a gallery page (yes here we go again :-). If the image is not in at least one level of the taxo category tree it's really hard to find it with tools like catscan. Eg how can one find all Featured pictures of spiders? Easy with catscan if the images are in at least one category at any level below Araneae. :-) --Tony Wills 11:45, 30 May 2007 (UTC)

Psaltriparus minimus(?)Edit

Hi MPF; Would you be kind enough to take a look at Image:Psaltriparus_minimus.jpg, please? [7] Thank you, Walter Siegmund (talk) 01:52, 30 June 2007 (UTC)

Hi Walter - thanks for the note! Definitely Polioptila caerulea; I've transferred the pic to that page (where it is the first pic of the species!). I put a note about species ident on the image's talk page. - MPF 10:23, 30 June 2007 (UTC)
That is splendid! I've uploaded Image:Polioptila caerulea.jpg with the correct name. After I check usage, I'll delete the old file. Thank you for your good work. Best wishes, Walter Siegmund (talk) 16:20, 1 July 2007 (UTC)


hello. what do you mean? SVG can be updated. I'm willing to do it, but now you deleted the file, so i can't do it. thanks for destroying my work. -- 10:54, 20 October 2006 (UTC)

Hi - not sure what you mean! I tried to edit it in three different picture editing programmes, and none of them would even open it, let alone allow editing. Obviously, it is not compatible with the normal widely-used picture editing programmes and presumably requires a specialist programme which is not generally included on most computers. - MPF 20:46, 20 October 2006 (UTC)
I moved this to the bottom to make it visible again. The fact is that Commons uses the SVG format. Images in SVG format can be edited. Just because you don't know how doesn't mean that it's not possible. Use can use programs such as Inkscape (free, recommended), Sodipodi (free, not easy for beginners), Adobe Illustrator (not free, but very capable). There are many more. To know about the SVG format, just check the page on Wikipedia. Just because a format is unknown to you doesn't mean it's not allowed. And I'm not sure what you mean by "specialised". Every program you use is specialised. SVG is not uncommon. You just have to use the right program. To prove that SVG is an accepted format see Commons:SVG. -- 13:35, 12 July 2007 (UTC)


Some confusion seems to exist over the identification of the depicted species under the heading "Identification" at Commons:WikiProject_Birds. Perhaps you would be kind enough to have a look? Best wishes, Walter Siegmund (talk) 15:21, 4 August 2007 (UTC)


I see you identify current Birds. Can you see on my Page (de:Benutzer:Atamari/Bildergalerie/Gambia/Avifauna) is all correctly an then these set (de:Wikipedia:WikiProjekt_Lebewesen/Bestimmung#Vögel in Westafrika/Gambia) of unidentified birds in Gambia. Thanx --Atamari 17:00, 5 August 2007 (UTC) (de:wikipedia)


Fancy giving me an English version of the Image:Beachcombers.jpg's identity? I've been watching it for sometime hoping someone would ID it! Cheers --Herby talk thyme 17:33, 5 August 2007 (UTC)

Thanks - not mine & I'd have gone for that probably on a UK pic but wasn't sure if they were the same your side - I live & learn - regards --Herby talk thyme 17:38, 5 August 2007 (UTC)

Thank you!Edit

Thank you for identifying these birds! There are many of them on the riverbanks, and I've always wondered what species they were exactly. I have more pictures of local birds, but not many; would you like me to upload some? Arria Belli | parlami 17:57, 5 August 2007 (UTC)

I seem to have uploaded only one other bird: Image:Kourou bird rapace fleuve.jpg. I know I have at least one good photo of a small yellow songbird; I will try to find it now and upload it for you along with any other birds I can find. :-) Arria Belli | parlami 18:10, 5 August 2007 (UTC)
Well, here you go: Image:Kourou yellow black bird.jpg. I have more shots of the same bird. While poking about searching for that one, I found more photos of plants and animals I will try to upload in the following days. I cannot find any more birds, but there are probably at least a couple I may just have forgotten about. Thank you again, Arria Belli | parlami 18:45, 5 August 2007 (UTC)
The yellow and black bird has been identified by Lycaon as a Coereba flaveola, though it may not be the correct species if, as you say, it is similar to several. It is about the size of a grown man's fist and is locally called kikiwi due to its distinctive song: "keeee-keee-weeeee". They are rather common (I hear them every day), but as I am the world's clumsiest person, I cannot get too close to birds or other animals because I make a racket that scares them away. :-( So mostly I take pictures of plants.
I don't have any pictures of the back of a kikiwi, but I do have several more of this same bird (and two, though a tad out of focus, of its plumper companion on another branch). I have one in which you can see the top of its head better, with the white lines. Is this helpful? Arria Belli | parlami 22:09, 5 August 2007 (UTC)
The size was not consistent with a bananaquit. If changed id to Great Kiskadee, Pitangus sulphuratus. regards Lycaon 22:28, 5 August 2007 (UTC)
Here you go: Image:Kourou kikiwi 1.jpg (top of head) and Image:Kourou kikiwi 2.jpg (looking the other way). I hope that's enough to help you two identify the species. Arria Belli | parlami 00:10, 6 August 2007 (UTC)
  • And thanks from me too, for all your recent bird species identification :-) --Tony Wills 21:00, 5 August 2007 (UTC)

Thank you for the identification of the birds in Image:Hellenthal 0648.jpg and Image:Hellenthal 0650.jpg. -- Túrelio 16:13, 15 December 2007 (UTC)

Category:Gulls in flightEdit

Hi, I'm not sure whether you mean to delete Category:Gulls in flight from many of the gulls that you have been categorising. I have added it back in. Let me know if there is a reason to delete it. Thanks :-) --Tony Wills 00:37, 7 August 2007 (UTC)

"I was working on that once identified, they no longer needed to be in generic categories", I can't quite see the logic of removing an image from other categories (apart from 'unidentified') just because it has been classified in the taxo system - there are many paths along which people may search for images. But I don't have any great attachment to category category:Birds in flight or sub-category category:Gulls in flight, if you think they should go then I think it appropriate to nominate them for deletion rather than depopulating them! :-) --Tony Wills 01:47, 9 August 2007 (UTC)
"you've sorted the Carduelis carduelis pics by sex" Yes, I agree. I can't remember why I started that division (probably because some images were tagged with the birds' sex and other similar categories have divided images that way) - by all means remove the mis-identified ones and remove the seperate galleries if you want. I'm thinking we should standardise the divisions (galleries) in each bird gallery page. At the moment there are a variety of divisions - male/ female/ juvenille/ chicks-eggs-nests/ illustrations/ non-photographic/ art/ flying etc. Obviously some divisions are not useful for some species and some species have so few images that divisions are un-necessary. What are your thoughts? --Tony Wills 01:47, 9 August 2007 (UTC)

Pinus identityEdit

My answer is here. Cheers Liné1 16:13, 22 August 2007 (UTC)

Unidentified featherEdit

Do you happen to know what bird this feather might have come from? It was found in my garden in the semi-rural South East of England and is 9 cm long. --MichaelMaggs 14:04, 27 August 2007 (UTC)


2200 m or so. A more extensive answer on my discussion page :) (Thank you!) --Neva 16:19, 27 August 2007 (UTC)

Acacia karoo Range MapEdit


The original range map that I created for Acacia karoo showed that the tree is also in places like India and Australia (the data is from ILDIS, a very respected source for data on legumes). Your range map is nice and it has more detail about Africa, but it doesn't show the other places. It could still go in the article as a range map specific to Africa. The general rangemap in the Taxobox is to show the global distribution of the tree. Like it says in Wikimedia Commons, it's not a good idea to overwrite an image there without consulting the original author. The original page on Wikimedia Commons still has my name on it, but then your image overwrote mine. I would suggest uploading yours again to a different file name (with your info) and clicking on "undo" on mine to restore it.

Thanks and thank you so much for your nice contributions to Commons/Wikipedia.

Photohound 02:14, 30 August 2007 (UTC)

Elymus repens to Elytrigia repensEdit

Elymus repens has been moved to Elytrigia repens pursuant your request (via email), to wit, "the species is becoming more widely accepted at Elytrigia repens". Thanks, Walter Siegmund (talk) 20:21, 16 September 2007 (UTC)


en:Blue Grouse indicates that Dendragapus has been split into D. obscurus and D. fuliginosus. I wonder if you can improve the range descriptions (or even add a range map). I wonder if my image, Image:Dendragapus_obscurus_7107.JPG, is correctly identified. Walter Siegmund (talk) 04:53, 17 September 2007 (UTC)

Wild fire area at lake Norra HörkenEdit

Hi MPF, I did create an article with some pictures from a smaller wild fire area dominated by Pinus sylvestris and Picea abies, one year after the fire. I do not know if it is according to the Commons guidelines to make such an article, and categorizing it as I did. Any suggestions? (Some of the images would of course be further categorized - working on that). Taxelson 16:19, 30 September 2007 (UTC)

Thanks!Taxelson 11:29, 1 October 2007 (UTC)


Hi MPF; Can you have a look at Image:Bluebird feeding a chick.jpg, please? Thanks, Walter Siegmund (talk) 04:21, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

Well spotted! It's Aphelocoma californica (Western Scrub-jay) - MPF 13:47, 9 October 2007 (UTC)
It was spotted by a kind enwiki anon so I only get credit for bringing it to your attention.[8] Thanks for tagging it. I'll rename it in a few days. 16:26, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

What's the specie?Edit

Thanks for that! If you want more challenges: Image:Seattle Aquarium, 1.JPG, Image:Seattle Aquarium, 2.JPG, Image:Flower at home.JPG and Image:Flower at home 2.jpg, just uploaded =)... --Leonardo Stabile 07:10, 17 October 2007 (UTC)

RfA for MPFEdit

Please enable your email and indicate your willingness to serve at Commons:Administrators/Requests_and_votes#MPF. Best wishes, Walter Siegmund (talk) 21:48, 17 October 2007 (UTC)

Congratulations, Dear Administrator!Edit

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Incorrect identificationEdit

Hi MPF; I found my first misidentified image, Image:Partridgefoot - Luetkea pectinata (188454121).jpg. I marked it, but don't know the correct ID, so the duplicate tag is not appropriate. I know you do a lot of corrections, but do you know the best way to handle a bad ID? Thank you, Walter Siegmund (talk) 22:26, 7 November 2007 (UTC)

Hi Walter - I'd (1) remove it from the page (if any) that it is on (this one isn't), (2) remove any wrong categories (Cat:Luetkea in this case), and (3) add Category:Unidentified plants (or a subcategory of that, if you can pin it down further; list here). Unfortunately, I don't know what it is!
PS congrats on the QI pics above! - MPF 01:17, 8 November 2007 (UTC)
That is exactly what I was hoping to learn. Thank you. It was a pleasure to get the QI promotions. Walter Siegmund (talk) 02:08, 8 November 2007 (UTC)


Yeah, you have a new message here: --Juan de Vojníkov 00:56, 10 November 2007 (UTC)


Thank you for the identification of Image:Pinus nigra Cuenca.JPG. Regards. --Retama 20:42, 18 November 2007 (UTC)

Thanks! (The trillium at Image:Rattlesnake-Mt-orchid-3963.jpg)Edit

Now I know what plant I have seen and photographed! :-) Vmenkov 02:17, 24 November 2007 (UTC)

Buteo lagopusEdit

Hi MPF; I'm pretty sure that I misidentified the following Buteo lagopus individual as Circus cyaneus, but thought I'd ask you to take a look before making the correction. Best wishes, Walter Siegmund (talk) 03:20, 29 November 2007 (UTC)

Hi Walter - yep, it is Buteo lagopus. Very nice pics, you were lucky to be able to get so close to it! - MPF 10:01, 29 November 2007 (UTC)
We were on the auto tour route at Ridgefield. A lot of cars go through and people are discouraged from getting out of their cars, so the birds are accustomed to them and don't seem to mind much if you stop and take pictures. I was probably only 5 yards from the Red-tailed and a bit more from the Rough-legged. Thank you for having a look and commenting. Walter Siegmund (talk) 17:25, 29 November 2007 (UTC)


Hi MPF, I'm not expert about the determination of Juniperus sp. The pictures which I uploaded refer to some plants that are artificially cultivated in our school, given us from Sardinian Forest Agency ("Ente Foreste della Sardegna") as "Ginepro rosso" (J. oxycedrus). In Sardinia we usually call "Ginepro rosso" the tipical species and "Ginepro coccolone" the subspecies (J. oxycedrus ssp. macrocarpa). Are you sure? A picture maybe getting in error, because I think the leaves are very thin. The cones are in the first year of growth, and they appears to small, but - I repeat - I'm not expert. We can wait some days? I'll try to measure the leaves. PS: if you want contact me quickly, please write in my talk at the (it:Utente:Giancarlodessi). Last months I go rarely in Commons. Regards --gian_d 19:17, 28 December 2007 (UTC)

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