Self-proclaimed experts seeing rare birds where there are none

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Self-proclaimed experts seeing rare birds where there are none

Postby Neil Fitzgerald » Sat Mar 09, 2019 5:19 pm

Something to think about.

We found, using an online picture quiz, that self-proclaimed expert birders were more likely to misidentify common British bird species as exotic or rare species, compared to people who rated their own expertise more modestly. This finding suggests that records of rare species should always be considered with caution even if the reporters consider themselves to be experts

https://ecoevorxiv.org/9z63v/
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Re: Self-proclaimed experts seeing rare birds where there are none

Postby Neil Fitzgerald » Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:37 pm

In general, however, we show that self-rated expertise in bird identification skills is a reliable predictor of correct species identification

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