Little Ravens

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Subject: Little Ravens
From: "Ian Fraser" <>
Date: Sun, 19 Jun 2005 12:36:38 +1000
Just in the interests of historical accuracy - and because I believe in credit where's it's due, and in the importance of knowing the origins of our knowledge where possible - it was actually Ian Rowley and his group who recognised the existence of 2 coexisting raven species where only one had previously been recognised. Like Harry Frith, he worked at CSIRO Wildlife at Gungahlin (in the golden days when wildlife research was valued for its own sake!), with a focus on the Gearys Gap area. Amazingly it was only in 1965 that the Little Raven was recognised as a separate species - and sadly, after thousands of 'generic' ravens had been banded.

No help to the current discussion of course.

cheers all


PS Linguistically and logically, I don't think there is a minimum time span which constitutes a 'reign'! King Martin is dead, but long live King Martin....
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