Red-bellied Pitta splits

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Subject: Red-bellied Pitta splits
From: Charles via Birding-Aus <>
Date: Mon, 1 Aug 2016 03:00:49 +0000
Hi Jim,

I believe this was some time ago (like last year or the year)?

I've copied a friend of mine Khaleb (a guide from Indonesia) who is well versed 
in the splits and may no more info.

We missed out on the Sulawesi species in Tangkoko recently as it had been 
killed by someone a couple of weeks before (killed with a sling shot 

Charles Hunter

> On 1 Aug 2016, at 11:19 AM,  wrote:
> I haven't seen any comments here yet but for those interested in
> classification IOC (version 6.3) has now split Red-bellied Pitta into
> ten (!) separate species.
> The one in Australia becomes the Papuan Pitta. It just doesn't have
> the same ring to it! This new species has five subspecies. Who knows,
> perhaps it will be further split some time.
> Jim Sneddon
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