Butcherbird split in new IOC/OZ checklist

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Subject: Butcherbird split in new IOC/OZ checklist
From: Nikolas Haass <>
Date: Sun, 1 Feb 2015 01:49:43 +0000
Hi all,

It's interesting that Silver-backed Butcherbird was split off Grey-backed 
Butcherbird based on Kearns et al. 2013 (Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 
66: 941–952) and Kearns et al 2014 (Nature Communications 5: 3994).
Based on Kearns et al. 2013, shouldn't IOC have been more consistent and have 
done the following:
(1) Split PNG Black Butcherbird and AUS Black Butcherbird
(2) Lump genus Gymnorhina with Cracticus, and move Australian Magpie Cracticus 
tibicen next to Black Butcherbird?

Maybe we need further evidence…



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