Re: Western Long-billed Corella

To: Mike Owen <>,
Subject: Re: Western Long-billed Corella
From: David James <>
Date: Tue, 15 Dec 1998 00:08:23 +1000
At 21:17 14/12/98 +1000, Mike Owen wrote:
>I was recently told that the Western Long-billed Corella now had
>the name "Cacatua pasteuri butleri".   Can anyone confirm this
>and give me a reference for the paper suggesting the new
>scentific name.

Western Corella goes by the name of Cacatua pastinator. The nominate
subspecies Cacatua pastinator pastinator is restricted to the extreme SW of
WA. The more wide spread subspecies is Cacatua pastinator derbyi. derbyi
was recently shown to be the senior name for what used to be known as C. p.
butleri which Julian Ford named in honour of a certain WA nature
documentary legend. 

Ford's description of "butleri" can be found in: 
Ford, J. 1987. W. Aust. Nat. 172-176.

It was also Ford's work that led to the treatment of 3 rather than 2
species of corellas. See:
Ford, J. 1985. Emu 85: 163-180. 

Ford's work was first accepted and Western Corella first "officially"
acknowledged as a full species in:
Christidis & Boles 1994. The Taxonomy and species of Birds f Australia and
its Territories, RAOU Monograph 2. 

C.p.butleri was synonymised under C.p. derbyi by:
Schodde & Mason 1997. Zoological Catalogue of Australia 37.2 Aves
(Colubidae to Coraciidae), CSIRO.

David James
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