"Mark Newton - Adelaide, SA" <>, "Birding-Aus (E-mail)" <>
"Tim Murphy" <>
Wed, 22 Oct 2003 06:09:13 +0800
Banded Stilt Cladorhynchus has a different
feeding pattern and a the bill is thinner and slightly upturned. They are more
ready to swim, I think. They also form larger
Black-winged Stilt Himanoptus is placed by some authorities (Clements for one) in a
superspecies with the Australian bird being H.
leucocephalus and the
American species being H. mexicanus and H himanoptus being the European and African species.
bird doesn't care what you call it.
I was after a little help with respect to the
zoological name of a stilt.
In Adelaide I
have seen two relatively common stilts, one of which is the Black-winged stilt
(Himanoptus himanoptus) and I dont feel I have any problem with this
one. There is another species which has a completely white head although
looks very much like H himanoptus. I'm assuming its the one
called Banded stilt. What is the correct scientific name of the Banded
stilt? I see the species name as leucocephalus which
clearly is latin for white head, but I'm unsure of the genera, is it
Himanoptus or Cladorhynchus. If it isnt Himanoptus
what is the basis for the placement into another genera when they appear so
much like each other, although they are clearly distinct species which occur
This is a photo of the bird in question which I
took on a beach just north of Adelaide.
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