'Black' Fantail

Subject: 'Black' Fantail
From: (John Leonard)
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 1997 12:14:28 +1000 (EST)
A few years ago I saw several 'Black Fantails' around Dunedin on NZ's south
island, and at the time noted them as what Falla, Simpson and Turbot
describe them as, viz a colur phase of the Grey Fantail (the common ozzie bird).

However in Sibley and Ahlquist's list of the birds of the world they have a
'Black Fantail, Rhipidura atra'. Is this an attempt to make a species out of
this colour phase, or does it refer to another species somewhere in se Asia
or Oceania?


Dr John Leonard
PO Box 243, Woden,

'When everyone in the world knows the beautiful as
beautiful, then ugliness comes into being.'  Te-Tao Ching

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