RFI: Petroica Robin Taxonomy

To: "Peter Milburn" <>, "Birding-Aus" <>
Subject: RFI: Petroica Robin Taxonomy
From: "Philip A Veerman" <>
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2000 14:28:17 +1100
Does this mean you have or don't have the Australian Passerines book published by Dick Schodde and Ian Mason? Being from Canberra, you could have got it from COG for $100. Their reasons are in there (on pages 385 to 388) but I am not going to retype it all for you. My short understanding, after a quick look, is that Petroica multicolor is reserved for the Pacific Robin (otherwise known as the Scarlet Robin of Norfolk Island) and our Scarlet Robin of s-e Australia is named as P. boodang.
What do you mean by "latest issue of Flightlines"? What is Flightlines?
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From: Peter Milburn <>
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Date: Tuesday, 22 February 2000 14:03
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] RFI: Petroica Robin Taxonomy

>I'm sorry I know its taxonomy again...... but it is good fun after all!
>In the latest issue of Flightlines (Number 24, Jan 2000) a number of
>changes to species numbers are given as a result of the adoption of the
>latest taxonomy of Australian Passerines published by Dick Schodde and Ian
>Some of the perennial taxonomic itinerants wander in and out of specific
>status but one split is new to me.
>Pacific Robin (Petroica boodang) has been split from Scarlet Robin
>(Petroica multicolor).
>Is anyone able to enlighten me?
>On the light-hearted side this taxonomy increases my hytpothetical list by
>4 in an official sense.  Unofficially, it increases by 5 since I have
>always refused to count Tasmanian Scrubwren (now defucnt) as a species on
>my personal hypothetical tally (even though I forced myself to look at them
>once..... they didn't look like they eat squid, therefore not worht a
>second look).
>Happy List-counting!
>Dr.P.J. Milburn
>Biomolecular Resource Facility
>The Australian National University
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