Re: Taxonomy Question

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Subject: Re: Taxonomy Question
From: Lloyd Nielsen <>
Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2005 07:12:18 +1000
In the 1960s, I remember local birdmen puzzling over a Thornbill of the drier inland of S Qld (now the race /albiventris /of Inland Thornbill). It was generaslly thought to be an inland race of Brown. It was fairly common about Chinchilla and beyond where we knew it well. The taxonomists of the time, with some disagreement, were trying to decide whether it was a distinct species or not. It became the Red-tailed Thornbill and later the Broad-tailed Thornbill, and still later the Inland Thornbill.

G.M. Storr in his list of Queensland Birds (1973) listed it as Red-tailed Thornbill /(Acanthiza pusilla apicalis)./ Later in his Revised List of Queensland Birds (1984), he listed it as Broad-tailed Thornbill /(Acanthiza (pusilla) apicalis)./ It would have been some time later, after it was accepted as the Inland Thornbill that /albiventris/ was recognised as a distinct race.

These days, when you look at the race /cinerascens/ from central Queensland in the field, you do wonder if some sorting out/revision needs to be done.

Lloyd Nielsen
Mt Molloy  Nth Qld

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