Re: help required to identify races of SootyOystercatcher

To: "Robert Inglis" <>, "Birding-Aus" <>
Subject: Re: help required to identify races of SootyOystercatcher
From: "Alan Gillanders" <>
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2008 17:12:47 +1000
I would reserve my criticism for those with 'slightly reasonable expectations.'

I am not a taxonomist and know little about avian taxonomy but let me illustrate my point with a botanical example. Callistemon and Melaleuca meet at C. viminalis/ M.viminalis yet most of the plants in either genus would not be mistaken for a member of the other.
Taxonomy is a Procrustean Bed!
PS With the inclement weather I'll probably be forced into joining you in the self harm. Who'd want to go looking at arboreal mammals in the rain?

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