On Ninox (and also Tawny Grassbird)

Subject: On Ninox (and also Tawny Grassbird)
From: John Penhallurick <>
Date: Thu, 15 May 1997 14:32:32 +1000
The best understanding that I have of current thinking is that 

undulata,albaria and fusca are races of N.novaeseelandiae

ocellata,lurida and leucopsis are races of N.boobook

obscura is a race of N.scutulata

and N.rudolfi is a good species.

However, I also believe that a number of these are at least semi-species,
and are likely to be split in future when more work is done on them.

While we are chewing the fat about species and subspecies, does anyone have
any thoughts on the Tawny Grassbird complex.  I remember thinking that the
"Tawny Grassbird" I heard and saw on Mindanao seemed very different from the
Australian form.  I think there are other forms in New Guinea and in
Wallacea.  Does anyone have any opinions on whether we are dealing with one
or several species here?

John Penhallurick
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