Slater v 2

To: "Jeff Davies" <>, "'Phil Gregory'" <>, <>
Subject: Slater v 2
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Wed, 7 Oct 2009 12:29:49 +1100
Hi Jeff,

Yes, Frilled Monarch is in C&B but what Phil said was that Frilled-necked Monarch was not in C&B and he is right. Those two taxons were split as species by Schodde and both included by him in the Directory of Australian Birds 1999 following a report of the New Guinea form on Boigu in Carter et al. 1997, a paper in the Australian Bird Watcher. Schodde called the NG bird Frilled Monarch and its Australian relative Frill-necked Monarch. The split was to be followed by HANZAB but was dropped just prior to publication. So if I followed Slater, I'd have another Australian tick! And that wouldn't be the only one!

Trindade Petrel may be the current preferred name but that doesn't mean that the species was named after the island in the Indian Ocean, in fact it wasn't. The species used to be called Trinidad Petrel known from islands of that name in both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, see Alexanders' Birds Of the Ocean 1955 but first published in 1928. My old atlas's call those islands Trinidad but modern ones call them Trindade. Why the bird's name should also change seems silly to me. We haven't changed New Holland Honeyeater to Australian Honeyeater have we? And according to Robert Cushman Murphy in Oceanic Birds of South America 1936, 'South Trinidad Petrel', Pterodroma arminjoniana, was named after the island in the Atlantic because it bred there (and the neighbouring Martin Vas Rocks). Trindade Petrel does not belong on the Australian list. When Herald and Trinidad Petrels were split CSIRO and DEH assumed that because the Cocos Islands are in the Indian Ocean, Herald Petrels reported there had to be Trinidad. However, the photographs clearly show that they were Herald Petrels as are all records of those Petrels from WA.

Trinidad flows off the tongue but someone is going to have to teach me how to say Trindade, a clumsy word.

Thanks Phil for that summary of the changes in the new Slater guide.

Mike Carter
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Mount Eliza  VIC 3930
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