Collared Sparrowhawk - specific name

To: "Hugo Phillipps" <>, "Birding-aus (E-mail)" <>
Subject: Collared Sparrowhawk - specific name
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2006 10:40:20 +1100
Hello Hugo,

About 20 to 15 years ago I delved into this, certain that cirrocephalus is 
correct and that cirrhocephalus makes little sense, not that I know anything 
about that language. See HANZAB intro to the species, that says "but the 
insertion of the first aitch was incorrect." Then I don't understand why they 
persist with the error. Seems silly to me. Also I noted that most of the early 
texts used cirrocephalus and that cirrhocephalus came in later. It then 
appeared for no reason that I can think of to have been frequently copied 
thereafter. I asked Dr Richard Schodde about it all those years ago and I'm 
sure he said he has seen the original description and that cirrocephalus is the 
correct spelling. I tried pushing the issue for a little while but not a lot 
that can be done with that. I wrote to Stephen Debus after he did the summary 
article on the species in Aust Bird Watcher sort of complaining that he had not 
clarified the issue and error as it would have been a good opportunity to do 
so. Stephen is normally so reliable and accurate in such things. Maybe he 
thought it was not an issue. In a moment of weakness or maybe because I have 
not personally seen the real evidence, I too used the wrong spelling in my 
Canberra Birds book.


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