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Thanks for fix my photos of birds, regards!! Ezarateesteban 13:10, 17 January 2015 (UTC)


I wonder about this edit. Why unused? --MGA73 (talk) 10:20, 8 February 2015 (UTC)

Under the 'implausible' part of the reasoning. The problem is if a photo of a misidentified item has erroneously been put into dozens of articles in numerous wikipedias, Commons does not have a clear, easy method of doing a single-edit bulk removal (or replacement with a correctly identified photo), so I had to use this work-around of deleting the redirect. - MPF (talk) 11:41, 8 February 2015 (UTC)

Mapa pinus pinea.pngEdit

You should upload it with a different name since it is a completely different image from that originally uploaded by Patrol110.--Carnby (talk) 12:04, 13 February 2015 (UTC)

The old version is woefully inaccurate and very low resolution; emendation of inaccurate maps is permitted under the guidelines for uploading new versions. If I uploaded it under a new name, it would need editing into the numerous wikipedia articles the map is used on. - MPF (talk) 12:17, 13 February 2015 (UTC)
According to Polunin & Walters (and my direct observations) your version is inaccurate as well. The delinking editings are not a problem: they can be done in a few minutes (I can help).--Carnby (talk) 20:32, 13 February 2015 (UTC)
What's inaccurate about my version? It is derived (as cited) from the work of noted authorities on the species. Patrol110's version by contrast, shows it (because of the thick sweep of pen used for drawing) native across e.g. extensive high altitude areas of the Rhodope mountains of southern Bulgaria, where the species cannot even be cultivated, let alone occur naturalised or native. - MPF (talk) 22:16, 13 February 2015 (UTC)

I think now is better:

Take a look at the description page; I have corrected also all the wikilinks.--Carnby (talk) 20:19, 15 February 2015 (UTC)

Though File:Mapa pinus pinea.png remains highly inaccurate; the Bulgaria example I gave was just one of many errors, another is e.g. showing it as native along the entire southern and eastern Black Sea shores, which it isn't, and another is its absence from the extensive areas of inland Spain where it is native. - MPF (talk) 10:35, 16 February 2015 (UTC)
I have copied it from an Italian book written by a renowed botanist (Luigi Fenaroli). As far as Italy is concerned your version is inaccurate too: two of the most famous Italian pinete are that of Ravenna and Grado (North Adriatic sea), completely absent in your map; the pine is also present along all the coasts of Ligurian and Tyrrhenian sea, sometimes also on the hills in Tuscany countryside (I know it well, since I live there).--Carnby (talk) 11:57, 16 February 2015 (UTC)
Ravenna, and the other Italian sites you mention, were deliberately excluded by Critchfield & Little: "we have omitted those stands known to be artificial in origin, such as the well-known forest near Ravenna in Italy" (Critchfield & Little 1966). The problem in determining exactly what is native and what is human in origin, for a species cultivated for over 6,000 years, is a tricky one; Rikli concluded that it can only be considered genuinely native in Iberia, the only area where it occurs widely away from known trade routes. This is supported by the distribution of its primary seed dispersal agent (Cyanopica cooki), also restricted to Iberia. - MPF (talk) 15:50, 16 February 2015 (UTC)
Your map anyway says "Ancient cultivation and/or naturalised" and, in my humble opinion (and that of most Italian botanists), the Italian area with ancient cultivations or naturalised populations is too small.--Carnby (talk) 17:40, 16 February 2015 (UTC)
If you'd like to add some pink on my map as relevant, that would be helpful, thanks! - MPF (talk) 21:16, 16 February 2015 (UTC)
I have added Italian pinete in pink according to Fenaroli.--Carnby (talk) 00:10, 17 February 2015 (UTC)
Excellent, thanks! - MPF (talk) 20:52, 17 February 2015 (UTC)

Eadweard Muybridge-related bird categoriesEdit


Yes, feel free to rename them to whatever you think appropriate. There were more than 16,000 images in a single category to begin with, so I didn't bother deviating from the titles of the individual motion studies in the initial subcategorization, but we certainly don't want people placing images in these categories thinking their scopes are broader than they are. Thanks for the message!

Neelix (talk) 20:47, 3 March 2015 (UTC)

A bot sounds like a good idea. Unfortunately, I've never created any bots and I don't know of anyone who could create one for this purpose. I'd also like to see the words "in the USC digital library" removed from all of these titles and replaced with a "Images from USC digital library" hidden category to be added to all of the individual images in these categories; there are a few rare cases in which some images in these categories are not held by the USC digital library, but creating sub-subcategories (like "Eadweard Muybridge's 'Storks, swans, and other birds' in the USC digital library" for the "Eadweard Muybridge's 'Storks, swans, and other birds'" subcategory) seems like a ridiculous way of taking these rare instances into account. Both of these tasks are too extensive for me to consider doing them manually. Do you know of anyone who is savvy enough with bots to do this for us?
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Thanks! A very old file from before the standardisation of sourcing details. I've added the missing info. - MPF (talk) 21:09, 12 March 2015 (UTC)

File:Unidentified bird, Gembira Loka Zoo, 2015-03-15.jpgEdit

  • Thanks for the recategorization. Do you think Acryllium vulturinum is a reasonable guess? — Crisco 1492 (talk) 12:44, 17 March 2015 (UTC)
    • You're welcome! Yes, it is; I'll change the category - MPF (talk) 13:10, 17 March 2015 (UTC)
      • Thanks. I'll move the page. (And thanks for picking up the pied myna earlier. I knew I recognized the bird, but couldn't think of the name. It was in the avarium, so there were no name plates to refer to). — Crisco 1492 (talk) 13:22, 17 March 2015 (UTC)


I just found you -- seemly an expert about plants -- moved my uploaded file in 2014 to a file with the name of Equisetum arvense. I think it is a good chance to discuss with you. The plant Equisetum arvense form fertile shoots like File:Equisetum_arvense_fr.jpg, but my plants did not. They were indeed Ephedra sinica that I bought from a professional in Taipei. Nothing was sown then. If you agree with me, I would like to move the file back to the one with a proper name, or maybe you can help me with this. --KasugaHuang (talk) 03:12, 21 March 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for the note! Unfortunately, there is no Ephedra in your pot; if it was there when bought, it has died. The plant in the pot is readily recognisable as Equisetum arvense by its distinctive branching structure. The lack of fertile shoots can be explained by the small size / young age of the plant in the pot; fertile shoots are only produced by large, long-established specimens. Hope this helps! - MPF (talk) 08:37, 21 March 2015 (UTC)

Special:Diff/154893241: removal of the ITIS link?Edit

Curiously, what was the reason for the removal of {{ITIS}} from Category:Strix? The link looked sane, and the template doesn’t seem to be obsolete. Thanks. ⁓ [Gyft Xelz · talk] 17:44, 29 March 2015 (UTC)

Because ITIS isn't a useful reference in birds (and also plants); its taxonomy and nomenclature is decidedly dated, and coverage poor, particularly for taxa outside of North America. In some other taxonomic groups, it can be a useful reference, so there is currently no justification for the deletion of the template overall, but it is best not used in taxa of Aves and Plantae. Hope this helps! - MPF (talk) 18:10, 29 March 2015 (UTC)
Could you please add a note to that effect to Template:ITIS/doc? Something along the lines of “This template should not be added to the pages related to the subtaxa of Aves and Plantae because of (the above)”? I guess that’d be helpful to the newcomers to the field. (And even more so given there’s already a somewhat similar note regarding fish taxa.) ⁓ [Gyft Xelz · talk] 11:53, 1 April 2015 (UTC)
Done! - MPF (talk) 15:22, 1 April 2015 (UTC)
This is good to know. Thank you for doing that. --Walter Siegmund (talk) 00:41, 2 April 2015 (UTC)

Alcedo Atthis locationEdit

Hi! I don't see where do I add a location now on the picture... Anyway, it was taken in Tel Aviv, Israel Artemy Voikhansky (talk) 18:54, 30 March 2015 (UTC)

Many thanks! - MPF (talk) 19:15, 30 March 2015 (UTC)

"Passer domesticus" on my tableEdit

How did you understand that the bird was male? (I was so near and could not say the difference with a female one... :-) Best. --E4024 (talk) 12:58, 31 March 2015 (UTC)

Compare the head pattern with the plainer brown females ;-) MPF (talk) 13:06, 31 March 2015 (UTC)

Which gull speciesEdit


Do you happen to know the species of this gull (side view)? I think it is a very commons species, I am just gull-ignorant ;-) -- Slaunger (talk) 11:06, 2 April 2015 (UTC)

Larus canus (Stormmåge), first-winter - I've recategorised them ;-) MPF (talk) 11:12, 2 April 2015 (UTC)
Thanks a lot. You are both fast and very helpful (as usual) . -- Slaunger (talk) 11:16, 2 April 2015 (UTC)

Sorry for interrupting again. Is this Black-headed gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)? -- Slaunger (talk) 11:35, 2 April 2015 (UTC)

Yes! ;-) MPF (talk) 12:31, 2 April 2015 (UTC)
Thank you (again)! -- Slaunger (talk) 12:39, 2 April 2015 (UTC)

Eurasian OystercatcherEdit

Hi for the third time today, MPF

OK, so I am becoming more confident now; I think this is a pair of Eurasian oystercathers (Haematopus ostralegus). Can you confirm that? Can you say anything about age (juvenile/adult) or male/female from the picture? I observed them at a lake about as far away from the coast as you can come in Denmark, which I think is slightly unusual, unless they were just passing through? -- Slaunger (talk) 17:19, 2 April 2015 (UTC)

Ja! Both are adults; the sex differences are very small, but males usually have a slightly thicker bill, so the one on the right is probably a male, but not definitely so. The white marks on the throat of the left bird are the last traces of winter plumage (white half-collar in winter, all-black throat in summer). In many areas (including where I am in northern England), they commonly breed inland in summer, so it is not unusual for me; in Denmark is it less common, but does occur (map). They may be breeding on the flat roof of a nearby industrial building (a good safe place for them!). - MPF (talk) 17:36, 2 April 2015 (UTC)
Hehe, thanks again, MPF. I had a look at the same database for observations accumulated over the last 15 years. This species has only been reported 5 times since year 2000 at or near the town of Viborg. I have just asked to get an account, such that I can enter my observation in the data base. -- Slaunger (talk) 17:50, 2 April 2015 (UTC)
A good find, then! Maybe increasing in the area. - MPF (talk) 17:54, 2 April 2015 (UTC)


There may be a very good reason to 'de-localise' the Black Swan photos - policies and principles and all, but I havent seen an explanation somewhere... also due to the drastic reduction of numbers in the wild in western australia, the context is, in itself of interest. sats (talk) 03:56, 3 April 2015 (UTC)

Because Commons has so few photos of Black Swans in their natural environment (95% of the Black Swan photos are of captive or feral birds), it makes good sense to keep them all together so they are easy to find. When the main species category becomes full (close to or over 200 pics), then it becomes useful to add further subcategories, but not until then - MPF (talk) 09:14, 3 April 2015 (UTC)
OK I happen to believe the opposite, but will leave your edit as is. Thanks for your reply. sats (talk) 11:08, 3 April 2015 (UTC)
The other option (done fairly widely) is (if they aren't already in it) to add them to Category:Birds of Western Australia, or to create a new Category:Anseriformes of Western Australia, to include all ducks, swans, etc., in WA, while retaining each photo also in its species category. - MPF (talk) 12:25, 3 April 2015 (UTC)
Thank you for the suggestion. The thing is with some species of animals, plants that are endemic to west australia that are now found around the rest of australia - like the black swan issue - eds from the heavier populated states in the east add their photos from their local contexts, to the point there hardly any in the local endemic context... this goes for a whole range of plants and trees. But thanks again for your replies. appreciated. sats (talk) 13:53, 3 April 2015 (UTC)

user boxEdit

Dear MPF, I have been trying to reach you with email, did you get it? Did you see this userbox Template:User Specadmin? Dan Koehl (talk) 23:42, 8 April 2015 (UTC)

Yep, thanks! Replied now! - MPF (talk) 06:53, 9 April 2015 (UTC)

Re: Location?Edit

The location of File:Tordo negro o zorzal entre las ramas.JPG is Aguascalientes, México. You're welcome. --Luisalvaz (talk) 05:44, 17 April 2015 (UTC)

Gracias! - MPF (talk) 11:09, 17 April 2015 (UTC)

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Hello my friend,
A contributor discovered Nyctiprogne which is a valid bird genus for which we sadly have no media.
But strangly, Nyctiprogne is a redirect to Chordeilinae which is a gallery showing 1 pictures of Chordeiles henryi + 1 of unknown species.
Clearly I would have suppressed the gallery without any doubt, but an admin (non interested in biology) decided to keep it.
Would you mind taking a look at Commons:Deletion requests/Nyctiprogne, please ?
Cheers Liné1 (talk) 12:06, 30 April 2015 (UTC)

Hi Liné1 - thanks! Normally an empty gallery would just get deleted, but it doesn't do any harm being left as a redirect so I'm not greatly bothered by its being kept. But more usefully, I just found a pic of one of the two species on biodiversity heritage library (a pd-old license painting), so I'll upload that later today, and then convert the redirect into a proper gallery. Just off out birding now, so it'll be in 2 or 3 hours before I do so. - MPF (talk) 13:14, 30 April 2015 (UTC)
You rock my friend.
Because clearly, Nyctiprogne showing Chordeiles henryi botheres me a lot.
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Hi Wmpearl - do you have a photo location for File:Setophaga aestiva.JPG, please? Also for any other bird pics without locations ;-) Thanks! - MPF (talk) 15:31, 10 May 2015 (UTC)

The picture was taken on the Galápagos Islands, but I don't remember which island. Wmpearl (talk) 17:35, 10 May 2015 (UTC)

Thanks! That makes it Setophaga petechia; I'll rename the file - MPF (talk) 19:25, 10 May 2015 (UTC)

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I checked the image source and it is cc-by-3.0 license (as expected for PLOS-ONE material), so I've restored the files and corrected the missing license details - MPF (talk) 08:05, 28 May 2015 (UTC)
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English vernacular names and the uppercasesEdit

Hi MPF, can you help me a bit please? in English when must I put uppercases in the vernacular names:

  • Order : Bucerotiformes (Hornbills, hoopoe and wood hoopoes)
  • Order : Bucerotiformes (Hornbills, Hoopoe and Wood hoopoes)
  • Order : Bucerotiformes (Hornbills, Hoopoe and Wood Hoopoes)

-- Christian Ferrer 17:10, 1 June 2015 (UTC)

Hi Christian - the usual convention is upper case for individual species, and lower case for genera and families, but also upper case for the first word; thus: Hornbills, hoopoes and wood hoopoes. In the past there was just one Hoopoe, but now it's been split into two species, so "hoopoes" rather than "Hoopoe". Hope this helps! - MPF (talk) 19:35, 1 June 2015 (UTC)
Yes it helps me, thank you, you're friendly :) -- Christian Ferrer 20:00, 1 June 2015 (UTC)

add GeoGroupTemplate to better find images with coordinatesEdit

Hi MPF, thought [1] to be a service for all trying to identify and describe images. It helps to filter out those images that do have coordinates and can be localized by them. Sure, it does not make much sense for things that do not have a geographical meaning, it simply will keep the map empty. But people working on unidentified should be able to cope with. Now, I will do it the tedious way and put the template individually to the categories I'm interested in. (For me it's just a small number) regards --Herzi Pinki (talk) 07:35, 10 June 2015 (UTC)

Moving Columba-livia-f.-domestica-categories to domesticated-pigeons-categoriesEdit

While moving categories, please use "domestic pigeon" (Columba livia). Some authors do believe the streptopelia roseogrisea (Category:Barbary Doves) and geopelia cuneata are domesticated pigeons, as well. --PigeonIP (talk) 15:08, 9 July 2015 (UTC)

Move them on if you wish - MPF (talk) 16:45, 9 July 2015 (UTC)

Pinus ponderosaEdit

Not sure if you've seen this... maybe you disagree with it (with evidence?)... but this says your subspecies labeling is wrong: File:PonderosaRangeMap.png [2] Famartin (talk) 22:47, 22 July 2015 (UTC)

Yes, seen it; while Callaham's work is very good, it does contain some results at variance with multiple previous studies, which (apart from their lack of any nomenclatural conclusions, using informal terms like "race" and "ecotype" rather than formal subspecies) give the distributions mapped in File:Pinus ponderosa subspecies range map 1.png. In this map, your photos are correctly allocated to subsp. brachyptera. Hope this helps! - MPF (talk) 07:18, 23 July 2015 (UTC)

Curlew locationEdit

Hi! I've added approximate location for File:Eurasian stone curlew.jpg in "details" section per your request

Many thanks! - MPF (talk) 16:30, 26 July 2015 (UTC)

Files renamingEdit

As for renaming File:Platycladus orientalis20140713 131.jpg to File:Thuja occidentalis 20140713 131.jpg and File:Platycladus orientalis20140705 080.jpg to File:Thuja occidentalis 20140705 080.jpg.

I bought this plant as Thuja orientalis 'Aurea Nana' (= Platycladus orientalis 'Aurea Nana'), and it looks like Platycladus orientalis (see [3], [4]). --Bff (talk) 19:54, 27 July 2015 (UTC)

Unfortunately, mislabelled plants are very common in the nursery trade! Yours does not look like Platycladus, lacking the erect branchlet layout (compare e.g. File:Platycladus orientalis Limón.jpg (a yellow-leaf cultivar, as yours was supposed to be), or File:Tree with vertical leaves.jpg (where the very name of the file makes obvious the distinction!), while being very like T. occidentalis.
One good way to test: rub a small shoot between your fingers, and have a sniff - what does it smell like? - MPF (talk) 21:58, 27 July 2015 (UTC)

Der WLM-Countdown hat begonnenEdit

Hallo MPF,

nun ist es wieder soweit. Vom 1. bis zum 30. September findet zum fünften Mal der internationale Wettbewerb Wiki Loves Monuments statt. Im Mittelpunkt steht bekanntlich das Fotografieren von Kulturdenkmalen. Du hast an einem der letzten Fotowettbewerbe teilgenommen und wir freuen uns auf weitere Bildbeiträge von Dir.

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I notice you deleted a redirect as "Unused and implausible, broken, or cross-namespace redirect" two minutes after you renamed the file. Here is the result:

CommonsDelinker edit

I hope you can be more careful in the future. Most Wikipedia editors are not active at Commons and not ready to fight about a deleted file (which is the common reason for CommonsDelinker actions). Files can also be in use in external projects, so even checking "global" file usage is not enough.

(I thought this was handled in some guideline, but cannot find it now.)

--LPfi (talk) 18:53, 25 August 2015 (UTC)

It seems sv-wp was indeed not the only affected project, see Commons Delinquent log. I hope you can repair these before editors start searching for alternative images. --LPfi (talk) 19:01, 25 August 2015 (UTC)
Not under the 'unused', clause, but the 'implausible' clause. Yes, editors do need to start searching for alternative images, as the deleted filename was misidentified, showing a Phoca largha but included incorrectly on dozens of pages about Pusa hispida in different languages. The problem is if a photo of a misidentified item has erroneously been put into numerous articles in different wikipedias, Commons does not have a clear, easy method of doing a single-edit bulk removal (or replacement with a correctly identified photo), so I had to use this work-around of deleting the redirect. - MPF (talk) 19:59, 25 August 2015 (UTC)
OK. That point was not at all handled in the deletion comment (which editors at other projects will see as it is included by CommonsDelinker – but "Noaa-seal5" does not imply Pusa hispida), the earlier comment "identity" was not very clear and moving to "Spotted Seal" did not ring any bells for me, as I do not know the English names of seals). For sv-wp I used the page history to find the new name of the file, others might have done the same.
If you want editors to change the image, having a good edit comment would be key. Does the rename and deletion interfaces you use not give a possibility to add a handmade comment? Thank you anyway for noticing and dealing with the misidentification (odd: the original uploader had described it as Phoca largha).
--LPfi (talk) 11:01, 26 August 2015 (UTC)
Making a redirect to another ("correct") file at Commons or (semi)automatic replacement is problematic, as the file at least on some projects may be appropriately used or used in a context where the replacement image makes no sense (in this case I had to change the caption on sv-wp, which was easy now that I was involved – but had somebody just changed the image I would probably have noticed such a problem only much later). --LPfi (talk) 11:18, 26 August 2015 (UTC)
Thanks! Yes, perhaps I could have used a clearer reason summary in the rename, though that would not have been used by the Commons Delinker when it did its delinking, it will always and only ever give the edit summary you saw. In an ideal world, if I'd had more time, I would have changed the file in all its page uses before the renaming, but over 20 uses, mostly in languages I don't understand, was more than I had time or will for. Renaming it "Spotted Seal" was because I tend to follow the previous file name (if meaningful) or file description for style; the file name here did not name the species, but the file description used English ahead of Latin, so I used English in the renaming. You're right that the file was originally correctly identified on upload (not surprising from NOAA, they're usually accurate!), it only acquired the misidentification later. Looking at the file history, the scientific name was first changed from Phoca largha to just Phocidae, before being misidentified as Pusa hispida, but the person who did it never changed the English name (which was my first clue that the file was wrongly categorised - I'm lucky that I do know the English names ;-)).
Unfortunate that the Swedish caption was so specific to the misidentified pic; that only happens rarely. I did wonder whether to delete the caption when I added the new photo, but decided to leave it (I knew just enough Swedish to see it was not relevant to the new photo, but not enough to create a new caption!). - MPF (talk) 14:03, 26 August 2015 (UTC)

Caspian sealEdit

Hi. The picture is not mine. Unfortunatelly, as I wrote in the description, I just downloaded it from the english wikipedia long time ago.

--Nanosanchez (talk) 19:36, 28 August 2015 (UTC)

-- I have no idea of who is the author of the picture. I don't know why the link to the original picture is not working. May be, with the fusion of all the different media in wikipedia the original file was deleted. --Nanosanchez (talk) 22:22, 28 August 2015 (UTC)

Yes, the en:wiki original will have been deleted with the fusion process, that's normal practice. Someone with admin rights on en:wiki would be able to see the details of who uploaded it originally, but I don't have that. - MPF (talk) 22:26, 28 August 2015 (UTC)

Marek Szczepanek photo locationsEdit

Hi, I wrote email to Marek and he confirmed that File:Falco cherrug (Marek Szczepanek).jpg was a bird used for hunting, so it could be that it was some kind of a hybrid. --Piotr Kuczyński (talk) 14:12, 2 September 2015 (UTC)

Many thanks! I'll move it to Category:Unidentified Falco (captive). - MPF (talk) 14:38, 2 September 2015 (UTC)


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Grupo Wikimedia Brasileiro de Educação e Pesquisa, Rodrigo Padula (talk). 16:50, 13 September 2015 (UTC)


Hi, as an active colleague on upload projects, I thought I'd drop you a personal heads-up for my request for adminship, today being the last day for views. RFA's tend to only have a small proportion of the community taking part, so it can be difficult to judge if this is representative.   -- (talk) 13:17, 17 September 2015 (UTC)

Populus albaEdit


I was looking at the page on Populus alba on, which uses several of your photos. How sure are you of the identification? I suspect they may be of the hybrid Populus × canescens (P. alba × P. tremula), rather than P. alba; the leaf shape is quite different, although the trees are otherwise similar. --Stemonitis (talk) 08:43, 27 September 2015 (UTC)

Thanks! I'll go and check the tree again in the next few days, but I'm pretty sure it's White rather than Grey; the leaves on vigorous shoots are strongly 3-lobed. I suppose there's always the possibility of 2nd, 3rd or 4th generation backcross hybrids, not sure how one would tell them apart!! - MPF (talk) 14:23, 27 September 2015 (UTC)

Urocissa erythroryncha v. U. erythrorhynchaEdit

As far as I can see the second spelling is the right one. Shyamal (talk) 03:08, 6 October 2015 (UTC)

Hi Shyamal - no; Urocissa erythroryncha is correct, -ry- is the spelling used in the protologue Corvus erythrorynchus (here; see #622), and that spelling (apart from the gender agreement with transfer to feminine Urocissa) is the one that has to be used. Hope this helps! - MPF (talk) 08:55, 6 October 2015 (UTC)
Ok. There can however be emendations as seen in most later catalogues (Peters list notes Boddaert's spelling as an error) and the original spelling appears to have been restored recently (when?) as an "unjustified emendation"- and I have not been able to find a source with an explicit statement on that. Shyamal (talk) 07:15, 7 October 2015 (UTC)

Image permissionsEdit

I have permission to use images from a few sources you have flagged for deletion, screencaps of emails etc. How do I provide the evidence? It's my first time uploading images but I got permission for all of them first.

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Arses telescophthalmusEdit

Dear MPF, the scientific name of the Frilled Monarch (Arses telescopthalmus) is in the wikispecies article name misspelled as Arses telescophthalmus. I don't know how to correct this, because I am rarely active on Commons. Maybe you can.--HWN 12:57, 18 October 2015 (UTC)

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Hwdenie (talk • contribs) 12:57, 18 October 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for letting me know! Done :-) MPF (talk) 13:43, 18 October 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for your quick action! --HWN 15:12, 18 October 2015 (UTC)
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Speedy Delete, or advice for other tagEdit

User:MPF, the image Janie Buck by Pretty Buck [5] that I uploaded needs to be deleted. I apologize, but I misread the copyright notice on the back of the photo before I uploaded it. There are reproductive and commercial restrictions so the CC-BY-SA 3.0 license is incorrect and the image must be deleted from WP. Thanks Atsme😊Consult 02:27, 20 November 2015 (UTC)

Done :-) MPF (talk) 09:46, 20 November 2015 (UTC)

Commons:Deletion requests/File:Nepi y Pacini 1993 Fig 1-A Cucurbita pepo flor masculina y recorrido de las abejas colectoras de néctar.svgEdit

Hello MPF, your opinion is welcome there, it's about a scientific drawing of a flower. Although your favorite subjects are the birds, you're certainly familiar with scientific drawings copyvio cases. Archaeodontosaurus already said he agree with me that scientific works must be protected. If you have an opinion and whatever is your opinion, can you write it in the DR please? Regards, --Christian Ferrer (talk) 08:23, 22 November 2015 (UTC)

Category:Charadriiformes by countryEdit

Hi MPF :) I was near to create a category when I saw the others are not identical, what is the best way : "Charadriiformes in..." of "Charadriiformes of..." ? IMO it's in.--Christian Ferrer (talk) 13:00, 26 November 2015 (UTC)

I think 'in' as well, but most of these categories have been made as 'of' unfortunately. There are important differences between the two terms, which many people don't appear to understand: if one had for example a photo of David Cameron visiting Paris, that photo could be placed in Category:People in Paris, but not in Category:People of Paris. It is the same with birds; non-native birds (e.g. a bird in a zoo) could be in Category:Birds in France but not in Category:Birds of France.
But on another level, I don't think any of these 'by country' categories are a good idea; countries are human political constructs, and wild animals (and plants) don't follow them at all. If any subdivision is needed, it should be by infraspecific taxa or biogeographical regions, not countries. Hope this helps! - MPF (talk) 22:52, 26 November 2015 (UTC)
It would certainly have been better to class them by Ecoregion , although humans of Wikipedia tend to apply them the same country political constructs. These categories such as "Charadriiformes in Germany", countains the photos of the Charadriiformes taken in Germany, this is a photo classification, in no way a bird classification, we well agree. But it can help for species identification to can look at other photos of similar animals (or plants) taken in the same area. The photos with geolocation can be classified by ecoregion. --Christian Ferrer (talk) 08:13, 27 November 2015 (UTC)

Problem with a botEdit

A user requested an incorrect orientation of File:Spotted Moray Eel.jpg and a bot obliged by rotating the file into an incorrect orientation. The orientation of the upload was exactly how I shot the image so it was correct. I attempted to undo the bot rotation but it seems I made things worse. Please help? Atsme😊📞 23:52, 2 December 2015 (UTC)

PS - think I got it fixed. I reverted the orientation to the original. Atsme😊📞 00:01, 3 December 2015 (UTC)
@Atsme: Yep, looks OK now! I've edited the file to move the location to its correct position in the description ;-) MPF (talk) 00:20, 3 December 2015 (UTC)

Thank you...Edit

...For the adjustments! Regards, Sturm (talk) 01:50, 6 December 2015 (UTC)

Category:Rangifer tarandus caribouEdit

I notice that you have moved quite a few images to Category:Rangifer tarandus caribou, which is a specific subspecies. I hope you have ensured that each image really is of that subspecies. -- BullRangifer (talk) 02:56, 12 December 2015 (UTC)

They should be, but I'll double-check to be sure - MPF (talk) 11:20, 12 December 2015 (UTC)
That sounds good. -- BullRangifer (talk) 19:58, 12 December 2015 (UTC)
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