We currently have the general , which for a long time has been described (in terms of the tag wiki excerpt) as

For questions about birds and birdlike creatures.

After a recent edit by yours truly, it is now described as

For questions about birds and birdlike creatures. Does not include machines designed for flying (consider [airships], [aircraft], [spaceships]). Consider also [flight].

However, there is currently no tag

I propose that birds is established as a tag synonym, with the canonical tag being avian as birds is more discoverable, but avian is more generic.

See also discussion on the factory floor, beginning here (link to the chat transcript).

  • $\begingroup$ I've noticed you've been doing a lot of work with the tags of late. Boredom, or just thought it needed to be done? $\endgroup$
    – Frostfyre
    Aug 16, 2016 at 12:26
  • $\begingroup$ @Frostfyre Just been looking through some of our tags, checking to see if I felt any clean-up needed to be done, and found some things I felt could be improved upon so proposed appropriate edits (and in one case raised a moderator flag which had an outcome I didn't quite anticipate, requiring further editing). $\endgroup$
    – user
    Aug 16, 2016 at 12:28
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for your work on improving our tagging! (And if that unexpected outcome from a mod flag was me, sorry about that -- I didn't notice whatever the extra editing was that you had to do.) $\endgroup$ Aug 16, 2016 at 12:59
  • $\begingroup$ @MonicaCellio Don't know if that was you, but the extra editing came from a tag being deleted instead of renamed which would have been more proper (would have kept the tag wiki). $\endgroup$
    – user
    Aug 16, 2016 at 13:22
  • $\begingroup$ @MichaelKjörling oops. Which deleted tag? I can look for it in the orphaned tag wikis, unless you've already replaced it. $\endgroup$ Aug 17, 2016 at 17:19
  • $\begingroup$ @MonicaCellio airplane, I think. $\endgroup$
    – user
    Aug 17, 2016 at 19:04
  • $\begingroup$ @MichaelKjörling was it this? (It was your edit, so probably.) "For questions involving heavier-than-air objects designed to fly in an atmosphere, including airplanes and helicopters. Not for flight-capable living creatures (consider [avian]). Compare [flight], [airships] and [shapeships]." $\endgroup$ Aug 17, 2016 at 19:13
  • $\begingroup$ @MonicaCellio Might be (I don't really remember). Don't worry much about it. :) $\endgroup$
    – user
    Aug 17, 2016 at 19:17
  • $\begingroup$ @MonicaCellio Would you be willing to post an answer saying this has been resolved, so there is something to accept? $\endgroup$
    – user
    Aug 28, 2016 at 10:10
  • $\begingroup$ Probably not strictly required given the status-completed tag, but sure. $\endgroup$ Aug 28, 2016 at 16:37

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is now a synonym of .


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