Primary confusion

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Subject: Primary confusion
From: L&L Knight <>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2008 22:35:18 +1000
I've been consulting the reference books on the finer points of stint identification and have discovered some contradictions where primary projection is concerned.

In Hayman's [Shorebirds] stint comparison chart [p. 398], Little Stints are listed as having long primary projection and Red- necked Stints are listed as having medium primary projection.

In contrast, HANZAB notes that adult Little Stints have short primary projection [moderate in juveniles - p. 250], while primary projection for Red-necked Stints is "moderate in adults and juveniles (similar to that of Little Stint)" p. 258. I assume the author means that RNS have similar primary projection to juvenile LS.

The Wikipedia [, ] entries note long primary projection for both stints. Indeed just about every online reference I've come across notes long primary projection to both species.

Why is HANZAB "out of line"? Is it using a different definition of primary projection?

Regards, Laurie.

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