South Island Pied Oystercatcher

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Subject: South Island Pied Oystercatcher
From: "John" <>
Date: Sat, 1 Feb 2003 15:51:22 +1100
I notice that Handbook of the Birds of the World,vol.3,p.373 persistsin treating Haematopus finschii as a race of H.ostralegus.
On zoogeographical grounds, this is extremely unlikely.  Is this another example of the careless lumping characteristic of the Peters era, and largely due to the influence of Ernst Mayr?  What evidence is there?
I could find nothing on finschi in NCBI, although there is a complete (unpublished) cytochrome-b sequence for H.ostralegus.
HANZAB treats it as a distinct species, but apart from saying "Otfen treated as a race of H.ostralegus" has buggar all to say on the issue.
John Penhallurick
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I'd be grateul for any information.
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