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Subject: Stilts
From: "Mark Newton - Adelaide, SA" <>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2003 12:36:50 +0930
Hi folks...
I was after a little help with respect to the zoological name of a stilt.
In Adelaide I have seen two relatively common stilts, one of which is the Black-winged stilt (Himanoptus himanoptus) and I dont feel I have any problem with this one.  There is another species which has a completely white head although looks very much like H himanoptus.  I'm assuming its the one called Banded stilt.  What is the correct scientific name of the Banded stilt?  I see the species name as leucocephalus which clearly is latin for white head, but I'm unsure of the genera, is it Himanoptus or Cladorhynchus. If it isnt Himanoptus what is the basis for the placement into another genera when they appear so much like each other, although they are clearly distinct species which occur sympatrically. 
This is a photo of the bird in question which I took on a beach just north of Adelaide.
Mark Newton
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