Re: Western Ground Parrot P.w.flaviventris

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Subject: Re: Western Ground Parrot P.w.flaviventris
From: "Tony Russell" <>
Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2009 11:10:31 +1030
Hi Murray, thank you for that. Yes, my membership lapsed years ago.
The wording is a bit vague isn't it.  An overlooked or cryptic species?
I'd love a definitive statement on this.
I wonder whether I can find the article on Google 
Cheers, Tony.

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Murray Lord
Sent: Thursday, October 29, 2009 11:02 AM
Subject: Re: Western Ground Parrot P.w.flaviventris



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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