Australian Raven may be a candidate for splitting.

Subject: Australian Raven may be a candidate for splitting.
From: Graeme Chapman <>
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2012 18:15:43 +1000
Hello Steve,

Thank you for your post on Birding-aus concerning the possible splitting of the 
Australian Raven.

I worked with Ian Rowley and was involved in all the field work on the 
Australian corvids in the 1960s. When we relocated to the Helena Valley lab in 
WA in 1969 all that research had finished, but we naturally maintained an 

Basically what we believed is listed on my website under Western Raven and has 
been for some time. The so-called gap on the Nullarbor is tenuous at best.

I'm glad to read that the New-England race of the Forest Raven (basically my 
discovery) is just that. There have been those who have suggested it is 
specifically distinct, people who have never studied corvids in the field.


Graeme Chapman

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