To: "Mark Newton - Adelaide, SA" <>, "Birding-Aus (E-mail)" <>
Subject: Stilts
From: "Tim Murphy" <>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2003 06:09:13 +0800
The Banded Stilt Cladorhynchus has a different feeding pattern and a the bill is thinner and slightly upturned. They are more ready to swim, I think.  They also form larger flocks. 
The Black-winged Stilt Himanoptus is placed by some authorities (Clements for one) in a superspecies with the Australian bird being H. leucocephalus  and the American species being H. mexicanus and H himanoptus being the European and African species.
The bird doesn't care what you call it.
Tim Murphy
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From: [On Behalf Of Mark Newton - Adelaide, SA
Sent: Tuesday, 21 October 2003 11:07 AM
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Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Stilts

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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