Dotterel Speciation

To: Hugo Phillipps <>
Subject: Dotterel Speciation
From: Brian Fleming <>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2003 13:16:10 +1000
Hugo Phillipps wrote:
> With regard to the migratory waders or shorebirds, and further to Tony
> Crocker's response; there are examples of  migratory species splitting
> into
> migratory and non-migratory forms.  One of the more obvious ones in
> Australia is the Red-capped Plover splitting off from Kentish Plover
> stock. 
 Another (presumably somewhat older) split is Inland Dotterel
> from Eurasian Dotterel.  It seems to have happened around the world more with 
> the plovers than the sandpipers - maybe because of less specialised feeding
> methods and equipment in the former.  However, see the scattered
> distribution of isolated taxa of woodcocks and NZ snipe in the Asian
> and
> Australasian regions - and the Prosobonia sandpipers of the Pacific.
> Did
> these derive from populations of migratory ancestors in which some
> individuals stopped migrating?
> Cheers,
> Hugo
Hi Hugo,
Very interested to see that our Inland Dotterel may be an offshoot of
Palaearctic 'true' Dotterel. Where can we find out more about this
topic? Can you summarize because Sibley & Co's works aren't usually
available for loan in libraries, if one can find them.
Anthea Fleming

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