Lord Howe Island endemics.

To: "Mike Carter" <>, "Whittaker, Mark" <>, "BIRDING-AUS" <>, "Michael & Penny Hunter" <>
Subject: Lord Howe Island endemics.
From: "Tony Russell" <>
Date: Wed, 5 May 2004 23:52:21 +0930
One other LHI bird being the subject of some debate as to whether it still
exists or not is the White-chested White-eye. Islanders varied in their
beliefs about this species, some saying it has been extinct for some years
whilst one claimed it had been seen only a couple of months ago. Of course
we ( about ten experienced mainland birders) searched extensively over 5
days for this pesky bird without success and concluded that the "extinct"
advocates had to be right.  Our hopes were not high.

Subject: Lord Howe Island endemics.

Mike Carter wrote:

>     Contra Hutton (1990) and early editions of Clements' Checklist, Lord
> Howe Island White-eye is NOT a full species. It is the subspecies or race
> tephropleurus of Silvereye, Zosterops lateralis. That is how Dick Schodde,
> normally a splitter, treated it in his book, and how the taxonomic
> have advised it should be treated in the coming volume of HANZAB. And why
> should we take any notice of Clements' when he says its on 'Lord Howe
> off NEW ZEALAND'?!
>     So, sorry Michael, you should take it off your list. By all means,
> it as an endemic subspecies. Woodhen counts of course.
> Mike Carter
> 30 Canadian Bay Road
> Mt Eliza    VIC     3930
> Ph:  (03) 9787 7136
> Email: 

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