To: "Birding-Aus" <>
Subject: Correction
From: "Robert Inglis" <>
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2008 15:18:52 +1000
Hi all,

In a recent posting I made the statement:
"I am also wondering if there really is two sub-species or are there simply 'clines' in the Sooty Oyc species similar to that with the Varied Sittella? If there are two sub-species and they interbreed in the 'border zone', how do we label the offspring?"

There is no 'cline' in the Sittella species. What I was thinking about (without bothering to check my facts) was that when I started into birdwatching there was a whole bunch of species of Sittella recognised in Australia. Subsequently those species have been lumped into one species with a number of sub-species.

Hey, no one picked me up on that! I am quite disappointed..........................not!

I am still wondering if the variations in the appearances of the Sooty Oystercatchers around Australia is a cline and not related to races.


Bob Inglis


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