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TAXONOMY CAN be a daunt­ing sub­ject, but it’s fas­ci­nat­ing piec­ing to­gether the re­la­tion­ships be­tween what, on the face of it, are di­verse and dis­parate fam­i­lies of birds. Our 16-page spe­cial sec­tion, Meet The Fam­ily, ex­plores these links, and re­veals the con­nec­tions be­tween ex­otic birds and their more ev­ery­day re­la­tions. Bird­fair, of course, has done much over the years to con­serve some ex­tra­or­di­nary birds overseas. We’ll be there again, as ever, so make sure you come and see us to say hello, tell us your bird­ing tales, and to up­date us on your #My200birdyear ef­forts, if you’ve taken part. I’ll be hop­ing to slip away and add a bo­gey bird or two, such as Spot­ted Fly­catcher, to my own list, ahead of the main rush of au­tumn mi­gra­tion. Wher­ever you’re bird­watch­ing in Septem­ber, make the most of the long evenings and the con­stant move­ment of mi­grat­ing birds – if this year has taught us any­thing, it’s that any­thing could turn up, any­where. Good luck!

Matt Mer­ritt, Ed­i­tor

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