Fw: Long-tailed Finch query

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Subject: Fw: Long-tailed Finch query
From: "Tony Russell" <>
Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2001 18:55:57 +1030
Subject: Long-tailed Finch query

> Morning all,
>  In preparing for a trip into the Kimberleys it has become apparent that
Schodde and Mason ( in their Directory of Aust Birds -Passerines), differ
from leading field guides in terms of which subspecies of Long-tailed Finch
have red bills and which have yellow, and which are to be found in the
Kimberleys and which in the Top End and Qld.

 Pizzey, Slater, Simpson & Day, and Morcombe all agree ( Pizzey doesn't name
subspecies) that the Red-billed ( P.a. acuticauda ) are in NT and Qld and
the Yellow-billed ( P. a. hecki ) are the ones in the Kimberley, while S & M
( p757) say the opposite in both their distribution map and in their
descriptive text.
So who is correct?
 Is it safe to assume that it's just a case of S & D having it wrong? If
this is the case and it has been noticed before has anyone undertaken to
advise S & M of their error? Or is it that S & M know something the others
have missed?
> Tony Russell.
> Adelaide birding by 4WD
> phone: 08 8337 5959
> e-mail: 

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