Western/Mallee Whipbird & Schodde and Mason

Subject: Western/Mallee Whipbird & Schodde and Mason
From: "Dean Portelli" <>
Date: Fri, 02 Aug 2002 16:18:45 +1000
Hi all,

I am hoping someone can help me with the descriptions of Mallee & Western Whipbird in Schodde and Mason (1998) Directory of Australian Birds: Passerines. I have photocopies of the relevant pages for both species but am interested in the sample size that they used to assess plumage differences between populations/sites. Nowhere in the text on these pages do they list the number of specimens examined (except to say they have none from Two Peoples!!) - I wonder if anyone who owns the book could tell me if the sample size is listed anywhere else in the book (it will save me an hours hike into my old uni's library!!). If the sample size is not quoted I find this to be poor science, it is BASIC practice to quote sample sizes in any study. As I suspect there are not many W/M Whipbird specimens in existence given the elusive nature of the species, hence the sample size may have much to do with how accurate the proposed taxonomy is. I would greatly appreciate any assistance from anyone out there - even if it is to tell me that they don't quote sample sizes!!

Many Thanks in Advance
Dean Portelli

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