> Has anyone picked up on the fact that in HBW 4, Robert Payne, the
> world's leading
> authority on the Cuculidae, splits horsfieldi from saturatus, on the
> basis of
> song and size(see p.512). I pointed out to Payne that Ian Mason in
> Schodde &
> Mason 1997 points out that optatus Gould,1845, was incorrectly
> referred to the
> synonymy of C.saturatus saturatus by
> Junge,1937,Temminckia,2,pp.197-202, on the
> basis of W.Stone's lectotype. Mason points out that Stone's lectotype
> does not
> in fact appear to be a specimen of the taxon in question. This means
> that that
> the correct name of the form breeding in Northern Asia (Horsfield's
> Cuckoo) is
> C.optatus Gould 1845. As this is the form that migrates to Australia,
> Cuckoo (C.saturatus) should be taken off the Australian list. As far
> as I can
> discover, it doesn't extend beyond Indonesia.
> Any interest?
> John Penhallurick
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Hang on a moment now --lets clarify this.
Does that mean we have not only Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo, a
Chrysococcyx, but Horsfield's Cuckoo (ex Oriental Cuckoo), a Cuculus
Sub-title:How to confuse the ordinary common name birder.
Anthea Fleming in Melbourne
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