rarest bird

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Subject: rarest bird
From: "Mules, Michael" <>
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 13:24:35 +1100
Although this raises the question of should we accept new species without
formal descriptions in the peer-reviewed literature?  Additionally, with the
prevalence of DNA studies in bird taxonomy, should we expect descriptions of
new species through splitting to be backed up with DNA-based evidence?

I've read through the Directory of OZ birds (passerines), and while a lot of
the divisions seem to be solid, a lot are also based on (apparently) little
concrete evidence.  In other words, they are not formally presented with
reasons/descriptions that would allow us to judge their validity.

Anyway, that's pretty off-topic, and I don't personally have a definitive
answer to this problem (although it's pretty obvious which direction I am
leaning).  Back on topic, how about Black-eared Miner?  Limited
distribution, very few, most actually counted.

Cheers, Mike

-----Original Message-----
From: michael hunter  
Sent: Thursday, 27 February 2003 11:36 AM
Subject: rarest bird

   Shodde's split of the Western Whipbird is restricted to the Two Peoples
Bay reserve, and would number a dozen or so if that.
   Night Parrots are harder to see without a doubt, but, if extant, must
exist in the hundreds.

Michael Hunter
Mulgoa Valley
50km west of Sydney Harbour Bridge

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