Re: Report on SW Western Australia birding

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Subject: Re: Report on SW Western Australia birding
From: "Robert Inglis" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2007 19:10:08 +1000
In his report on a trip to SW Western Australia Peter Marsh said:
"The possible split Little Wattlebird was also first seen here." (Bickley Brook 

I think we can safely say that the split has taken place if we can accept the entries for Little and Western Wattlebird in HANZAB*. The Western Wattlebird is recognised as occurring in SW Western Australia and Little Wattlebird occurs in the east.

Some editions of some Australian field guides are not quite accurate on the distributions of these species. And it is about time there was an update to the RAOU monograph "The Taxonomy and Species of Birds of Australia and its Territories".


Bob Inglis
Sandstone Point

* Handbook of Australian New Zealand and Antarctic Birds (Vol 5).


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