RE: armchair ticks from the new C&B

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Subject: RE: armchair ticks from the new C&B
From: Bill Jolly <>
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 12:25:41 +1000
On the topic of armchair ticks from the new C&B, this summary of some splits 
and lumps therein might assist some armchair tickers, and disappoint others.

It’s just my own perceptions from my first read-through, and I won’t claim it’s 
comprehensive. The new publication is an excellently detailed and referenced 
tome that contains argument at many levels, much of which I haven’t plumbed 

I won’t delve into other changes to nomenclature here, scientific or English – 
it’s all in the book.

1 - Six additional species from splits, mostly domestic
Kalkadoon Grasswren split from Dusky Grasswren
Short-tailed Grasswren split from Striated Grasswren
Western Wattlebird split from Little Wattlebird
Kimberley Honeyeater split from White-lined Honeyeater
Pacific Robin (on Norfolk Island) split from Scarlet Robin
Buff-sided Robin split from White-browed Robin

2  - Four lumpings, mostly domestic
Snares Penguin lumped with Fjordland Penguin
Gould’s Bronze-cuckoo lumped with Little Bronze-cuckoo
Lesser Sooty Owl lumped with Sooty Owl
Black-backed Wagtail lumped with White Wagtail

3 – Seventeen Australian species split from overseas species  (Plenty of 
armchair ticks here for those who also bird overseas).
Australian Swiftlet (Aerodramus terraereginae) split from White-rumped Swiftlet 
(A. spodyopygius) of Melanesia and Polynesia.
Australian Little Bittern (Ixobrychus dubius) split from I. minutus of Africa 
and the Palearctic.
Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta) split from A. alba of the new world, 
Eurasia and Africa.
Eastern Osprey (Pandion cristatus) split from P. haliaetus of much of the rest 
of the world.
Pale-vented Bush-hen (Amaurornis moluccana) split from A. olivacea of The 
Australian Painted Snipe (Rostratula australis) split from R. benghalensis of 
Africa and Asia.
Brown Skua (Stercorarius antarcticus) split from Great Skua formerly Catharacta 
Eastern Koel (Eudynamis orientalis) split from Asian Koel (E. scolopaceus), 
which remains on the list from Christmas Island.
Christmas Island Hawk-Owl (Ninox natalis) split from Moluccan Hawk-Owl (N. 
Eastern Barn Owl (Tyto javanica) split from T. alba
Eastern Grass Owl (Tyto longimembris) split from T. capensis
Australian Logrunner (Orthonyx temminckii) split from New Guinean Logrunner 
Rufous Fantail (Rhipidura rufifrons) split from Arafura Fantail (R. dryas) 
which remains on the list from northern Australia.
Grey Fantail (R. albiscapa) split from New Zealand Fantail (R. fuliginosa).
Australasian Pipit (Anthus novaeseelandiae) split from Richard’s Pipit of 
Eurasia and Africa .
Eastern Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla tschutschensis) and -Green-headed Yellow 
Wagtail (M. taivana) split from Yellow Wagtail (M. flava).
Please let me know of any I've missed....

Bill Jolly
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