"Of the Anthus richardi"

Subject: "Of the Anthus richardi"
From: Julian Bielewicz <>
Date: Sun, 2 Feb 1997 01:31:33 +1000

Found the following on the birding-aus' sister mailing list, ukbirdnet and
thought it might be of interest to a few at least.

....>Date: Thu, 30 Jan 1997 10:59:31 BST
>From: Chris Anson <>
>Subject: "Of the Anthus richardi"
>To: ukbirdnet <>
>Priority: Normal
>On looking through my copy of Thomas Bewick's "History of 
>British Birds" (6th edition of 1826, rather than first 
>edition, unfortunately!) I came across a rather nice comment 
>in his section "Of the Anthus richardi":
>"It is probable that it is only one of the numerous 
>varieties by which Dame Nature seems to excite or arrest the 
>attention of the sometimes overeager ornithologist in his 
>fondness for new species..."
>Not much has changed in 171 years!
>It also seems that Bauer and Glutz's suggestion to "split" 
>Anthus novaeseelandiae was not as novel as it might have 
>seemed; Bewick's taxonomy of Richard's Pipit looks 
>remarkably "modern" for 1826!!
>Chris Anson
>School of Chemical Sciences
>University of East Anglia
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Julian Bielewicz
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