For many, the Western Shrike-tit is
regarded as a seperate species to the Eastern (Crested) Shrike-tit and
according to one of the Taxonomy lists. I have the
Western Shrike-tit firmly on my life list along with the Western
Fieldwren (that is a different bird to the Rufous Fieldwren). Regarding the
Western Shrike-tit, its call is "very" different to the Eastern Shrike-tit, I
can't see anyway the populations can interbreed and there are
plumage differences. It is a very good "tick" to get. There appears to be
no agreed taxonomy and the current one is debatable! But ofcourse it is upto you
and your opinion on how you treat this species.
Keep on getting those good birds. I have enjoyed
reading your twitch with much intrerest.
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