Re: Purple Gallinule

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Subject: Re: Purple Gallinule
From: "Peter Shute (NUW)" <>
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2006 09:27:35 +1100
Thanks for that. But every answer I get seems to generate more questions: you said Gallinull in the last line. Is that a typo or an alternate spelling?

On Thursday, December 14, 2006 9:18 PM ANDREW ADCOCK wrote:

re the Swamphen - Gallinule question, firstly martinica is a
different species and commonly named here in the UK where it is an
extreme vagrant (one record from 1958) as American Purple Gallinule.
There are about ten records for the whole of Europe.

The usage of Porphyrio porphyrio melanotus indicates the race
reffered to, in this case melanotus and the correct usage of
Porphyrio porphyrio would  be when reffering to the nominate form,
there are numerous races.

Secondly regarding the actual common name, there has been much debate
over the standardisation of world bird names here in Europe generally
and this species is one where it's seems the more modern  approach is
to abandon Gallinull for Swamphen.


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