Black-backed Bittern

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Subject: Black-backed Bittern
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2016 10:35:26 +0000

I am sort of sorry I mentioned this. For what it is worth, I don’t have a personal listing.


From: Mark Clayton [
Sent: Sunday, 18 December, 2016 6:48 PM
To: 'David McDonald (personal)';
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Black-backed Bittern


About time that COG saw sense and used the IOC list for its names. If the replacement for Christidis and Boles had been done by the person who was supposed to do it we would all be using the IOC list. Most people I know use IOC for their personal listings, including people who supposedly are doing the Birdlife Australia Working List. Somewhat ironic I feel!!.




From: David McDonald (personal) [
Sent: Sunday, 18 December 2016 6:28 PM
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Black-backed Bittern


Hmm, not so sure about 'outdated name', Julian. Australian Little Bittern Ixobrychus dubius is the current name in the BirdLife Australia Working List v2, and that is the taxonomy & nomenclature that COG uses.
For info - David

On 18/12/2016 6:12 PM, Julian Teh wrote:

Philip, Australian Little Bittern is the outdated name for Black-backed Bittern. Black-backed has been in effect since IOC 3.1 (2012).

Shorty - nice shot!! I’ll be going for a hunt! 




On 18 Dec. 2016, at 6:06 pm, Philip Veerman <> wrote:


Nice photo. It is a male Little Bittern. I did not know the name Black-backed Bittern. A quick look in books doesn’t reveal it. Strangely Cayley’s book uses that name as an alternate for the Brown Bittern, which does not suit it, as it doesn’t have a black-back.




From: shorty [m("","rawshorty");">] 
Sent: Sunday, 18 December, 2016 12:15 PM
To: m("","Canberrabirds");">
Subject: [canberrabirds] Black-backed Bittern


Got to see him this morning in front of Cygnus hide. A few have been reporting it as heard on e-bird recently.



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