Masked Lapwing

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Subject: Masked Lapwing
From: "John" <>
Date: Wed, 5 Feb 2003 23:16:33 +1100
I have been looking at the taxonomy of Vanellus miles.
Miles and novaehollandiae were originally treated as distinct species.  At a time of general lumping, the assumed existence of a broad zone of interbreeding was assumed to justify lumping them as subspecies of a single species.
It appears the the zone of interbreeding is local and narrow. Cf Hanzab 2 p.956,,although it suggests that more study is required.  Modern thinking would treat such a case as evidence that we are dealing with two species.
Coates and Bishop (1997) A guide to the birds of Wallacea,p.286, have obviously reached a similar conclusion.
Any thoughts?
John Penhallurick
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