Brown Treecreeper--Cape York Race.

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Subject: Brown Treecreeper--Cape York Race.
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2005 13:02:46 +1100
On Wed, Dec 07, 2005 at 11:17:52AM +1000, Del Richards wrote:
> Why ever they were changed from "Black Treecreeper" is a good mystery to
> this bird observer and should be reinstated as a rightful separate species.

I hauled down The Australian Directory of Birds (Schodde & Mason).  They
mention a zone of intergradation between the northern form (melanotus)
and the central form (picumunus) along "the axis of Burdekin-Lynd Rivers
divide" citing an 1986 Emu paper by Julian Ford.

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