Questions on Norfolk Island taxonomy

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Subject: Questions on Norfolk Island taxonomy
From: "Alan Benson" <>
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2006 20:41:35 +1000
I'm curious about the status of the "Scarlet Robin" on Norfolk Island.
The archives reveal some discussion in 2000 of Schodde and Mason
classifying the Pacific Robin as Petroica Multicolor and the Australian
species as Petroica Boodang. My questions are:
1/ Has this taxonomy been accepted?
2/ Is the Scarlet Robin on Norfolk (or it is likely to become) the
Pacific Robin?
Any information, comment or opinion is welcome. 
The Feral Chickens on Norfolk are interesting. All the roosters I saw
conformed to the Red Junglefowl characteristic while over 90% of the
hens were pure black. While this is not as shown in Pizzey as a Red
Junglefowl hen, there was much more uniformity in colour type on Norfolk
than I saw in the Feral Chicken population on Christmas Island. Does
this indicate that the Feral Chicken population of Norfolk has reverted
to contain more characteristics of the original ancestor?
Allan Benson

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