However, the latest Field Guide to the Birds of the ACT , published in 2013, already lists this as the Eastern Shrike-tit.
From: Philip Veerman [
Sent: Friday, 20 July 2018 2:07 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Crested Shrike-tit
Well since you ask everyone. Names are important but they are just labels. What matters is whether we understand the intent. Shrike-tit is one of those many annoying
group names for something that is not a shrike nor a tit. But in our context that is what we call them. It is better than a translation of the genus name “Little Falcon”. The name doesn’t need any more than that, as there is nothing else called Shrike-tit.
For whatever reason, the “Crested” was added and it is a good obvious feature, although an unnecessary extra word and nicer than uninspiring geographic descriptors. Curious to note that Cayley’s book (1932) used Eastern, Northern and Western Shrike-tits as
though they should be regarded as different species. Although I had long since forgotten that. I wonder is there any basis to go back to regarding them as separate species again. The differences are trivial and they are geographically isolated. To me they
should be the same species and I doubt that their behaviour differs in terms of how they react to a reflection.
I for one have never had any need for these names. It was 1981 when I was last in the range of a Northern Shrike-tit and I never have and likely never will be
in the range of Western Shrike-tits.
In our area Crested Shrike-tit = Shrike-tit = Eastern Shrike-tit. Although if anyone uses the latter, it won’t be instantly obvious.
From: Mark Clayton
Sent: Friday, 20 July, 2018 9:37 AM To:
Subject: Re: FW: [canberrabirds] Re: Spotted Pardalote attacking window
What has taken everyone so long, I have been calling them Eastern, Northern and Western Shrike-tits for years?!
On 20/07/2018 9:20 AM, Geoffrey Dabb wrote:
Excellent capture, Lindell. (Soon to be ‘Eastern Shrike-tit’.)
Sent: Thursday, 19 July 2018 8:44 PM
To: Paul Taylor
Cc: Canberra Birds
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Re: Spotted Pardalote attacking window
Looks like the Crested Shrike-tit can be added to the list. This female was admiring (not attacking) herself in the window of my car last time I was at Diddam's Close to admire