Grasswren proposed splits

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Subject: Grasswren proposed splits
From: "Glenn Holmes" <>
Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2000 13:36:57 +1000
The splitting of bird species is typically foreshadowed for years or even decades by rumour if not speculative publication.  The grasswrens are no exception. 
Mostly because I'm interested in regional variation, especially in habitat use, I looked for the Short-tailed (Chestnut-mantled) Grasswren in September 1989.  It was easy to find in a very accessible location and I gave Graeme Chapman directions to photograph it there.
The location is Stokes Hill, where all birds seen by me were 100-700 metres E or SE of the lookout.
After more than a decade I don't know whether this population still exists in such good numbers.
But more importantly, lucky me, I now have another highly potential tick.
The lesson for listers is to bird as often and in as many places as possible.  Always seek geographic variants, especially isolates.
On the positive side, the conservation outcomes for these latent ticks will probably be improved by our heightened arousal...just as I hope it is for the albatrosses.
Glenn Holmes & Associates
Birding & botanical specialists
PO Box 1246 Atherton
Qld 4883
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