Slater v 2

To: "'Phil Gregory'" <>, <>
Subject: Slater v 2
From: "Jeff Davies" <>
Date: Wed, 7 Oct 2009 01:17:06 +1100
G'day Phil,

Frilled Monarch is on the C and B list. 
Trindade is the correct title, named after the island in the west Indian

Cheers Jeff.

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Phil Gregory
Sent: Tuesday, 6 October 2009 11:26 PM
Subject: Slater v 2

Slater Revised Edition
I have always admired Peter Slater's paintings and the size of the  
book is eminently pocketable, unlike Pizzey & Knight and Simpson &  
Day. There are a few surprises in the excellent new edition, one being  
the decision to follow their own taxonomy and not that of Christidis  
and Boles, unless this simply reflects new information and the  
official list will be updated in due course?  It actually follows  
fairly closely to Schodde and Mason in the Directory of Australian  
Birds. It means all 4 Australian field guides have slightly different  
taxonomy, reflects our individuality I suppose.
Species included in the new Slater but not C & B:
Snares Penguin
Royal Penguin
Fiordland Penguin
Frill-necked Monarch
Paperbark Flycatcher
Western Fieldwren
Western and Northern Shrike-tit, making 3 species of Falcunculus
Western Grasswren
Silver-backed Butcherbird

They fudge the albatrosses, not splitting the two Black-browed,  
Wandering or Royals, but accepting Salvin's and Campbell Albatross and  
the two Yellow-nosed, though here they coin a new English name in  
Eastern and Western instead of Indian and Atlantic.
They don't split Grey-faced from Great-winged but Vanuatu Petrel gets  
the nod. Trindade Petrel is included, I thought it was usually  
Trinidade Petrel?  Little Shearwater remains unchanged, not split  
here. Lesser Sooty Owl gets retained, good news for us in Far North  

A number of unofficial rarities also make it into the book, not  
accepted by BARC as far as I am aware: Beck's Petrel (listed as  
unconfirmed), Pycroft's Petrel, Trinidade Petrel, Elegant Tern, Papuan  
Harrier, Nicobar Pigeon, Common (or Little) Paradise-Kingfisher,  
Pallas's Leaf Warbler.

Kimberley Honeyeater gets illustrated and described but no mention is  
made of the very distinctive song, quite different to that of White- 
lined Honeyeater.

The old error about the supposed Roper River (NT) population of  
Northern Scrub-robin gets repeated, despite Dick Schodde showing this  
was a museum error.

Streak-headed Mannikin gets illustrated, but the bird is clearly White- 
spotted Mannikin Lonchura leucosticta, lumped into Streak-headed by  
Coates and followed by Clements, but split by Restall and the IOC.

Phil & Sue Gregory

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