birding-aus New Caledonia Nightjar

To: Ronald Orenstein <>,
Subject: birding-aus New Caledonia Nightjar
From: David James <>
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 1999 16:54:49 +1000
At 00:21 17/12/99 -0500, Ronald Orenstein wrote:
> One real 
>problem I have is with the plate and account of the New Caledonian Owlet 
>Nightjar.  The text makes no mention of its rediscovery, and the bird in 
>the plate is clearly an Australian Owlet Nightjar - the plate in Handbook 
>of the Birds of the World shows a very different-looking bird, with no 
>crown-band and with dark, barred underparts.  As HBW notes this error has 
>been made before, and there is only one specimen of the NC bird, but still, 
>the mistake is unfortunate.

I agree, this is very unfortunate. 

I heard a rumour that the NC NJ "rediscovery" sightings had been retracted
or put in to some doubt, but can't recall thre details. Has anyone got any

David James
PO BOX 5225
Townsville Mail Centre,
Qld 4810, Australia

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