Re: Western Ground Parrot P.w.flaviventris

Subject: Re: Western Ground Parrot P.w.flaviventris
From: Murray Lord <>
Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2009 08:32:14 +0800



There was an article in Wingspan earlier this year about this.  Have you let your membership lapse? ;-)


While the photo captions with the article suggested the analysis to be fairly clear cut ("Australia's newest species…"), the wording of the article was little more circumspect: "Our preliminary analysis of Ground Parrot DNA show that eastern and western populations differ at roughly the same amount as other well recognised species pairs. A geographically comparable example of a species pair with similar genetic divergence is Western and Buff rumped Thornbills. This means that Western Ground Parrots are likely to be an overlooked or 'cryptic' species." 

Murray Lord



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