# Tag synonym request: birds -> avian

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.

• 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? – Frostfyre Aug 16 '16 at 12:26
• @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). – user Aug 16 '16 at 12:28
• 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.) – Monica Cellio Aug 16 '16 at 12:59
• @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). – user Aug 16 '16 at 13:22
• @MichaelKjörling oops. Which deleted tag? I can look for it in the orphaned tag wikis, unless you've already replaced it. – Monica Cellio Aug 17 '16 at 17:19
• @MonicaCellio airplane, I think. – user Aug 17 '16 at 19:04
• @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]." – Monica Cellio Aug 17 '16 at 19:13
• @MonicaCellio Might be (I don't really remember). Don't worry much about it. :) – user Aug 17 '16 at 19:17
• @MonicaCellio Would you be willing to post an answer saying this has been resolved, so there is something to accept? – user Aug 28 '16 at 10:10
• Probably not strictly required given the status-completed tag, but sure. – Monica Cellio Aug 28 '16 at 16:37