FW: [canberrabirds] LIST OF BIRDS of THE ACT - Mathews 1943

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From: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Date: Wed, 4 Apr 2018 06:34:02 +0000

There is a short article by Neil Hermes casting light on the origins of the Mathews list CBN 7:2 April 1982.  Recently Neil showed me the earlier document referred to.


From: John Layton [
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Subject: [canberrabirds] LIST OF BIRDS of THE ACT - Mathews 1943


I recently acquired an original of the above leaflet and the final entry on the list piqued my curiosity viz, Thrush  .......  Turduserictorum (sic). I had a vague memory of seeing the name Turdus ericetorum somewhere so did a bit of searching, and concluded that T. ericetorum is the Song Thrush, currently T. philomelos?


And what transpired some 75 years ago? Did the venerable Mathews mistake the Bassian Thrush for the Song Thrush?


The foregoing may be well known to the cognoscenti of COG but I’ve never seen the 1943 ACT bird list before.


John Layton


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