Re: The wrong bird

To: "Stuart Howie" <>
Subject: Re: The wrong bird
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Nov 2005 18:49:16 +1100
Hello again Stuart,
I sure hope you don't think birdos are whingers or that you aren't put off at some other time running a story like that. It was a good story and nice to have it on the front page. The value of the story is actually hardly impacted by a simple error. Those who know will recognise it and those that don't won't care. I suspect that the original information put together was correct but someone just used the wrong caption or picture. To clarify, I believe you put out a correction today that it was a Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (which is Calyptorhynchus banksii) but, actually it is not. It is really a female Glossy Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami). These are quite distinct species, although in just a colour picture they can look similar. The yellow around the neck as clearly shown in the painting, is diagnostic of the female Glossy Black-Cockatoo (along with many other differences). Also George Raper being based at Botany Bay would not have ever come across a Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (that doesn't occur anywhere near there unless there has been a significant change in distribution). A quick look at any of the field guides to Aussie birds should verify this for you.
<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>
  • Re: The wrong bird, Philip Veerman <=

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the Canberra Ornithologists Group mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the list contact David McDonald, list manager, phone (02) 6231 8904 or email . If you can not contact David McDonald e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU