Re little Wattlebird

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Subject: Re little Wattlebird
From: "Crispin Marsh" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2007 22:51:03 +1100
Dear All,

Bob Inglis wrote "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." in response to my posting suggesting a 
sighting of the western form of this bird is a potential split.

My understanding is (and I would be delighted to be corrected by someone as it 
would be a tick!) is that the official list is that set out in Christides and 
Bowles (1994) as supplemented by any additions approved by BARC. I further 
understand that C&B lump the Eastern and Western races. I have personally 
adopted the policy of not counting a species unless it is "official"

While HANZAB and the BA revised list show the Western Wattlebird as a separate 
species my understanding has been that neither of these sources are "official" 
- whatever that actually means.
Peter Marsh

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