Boobook splits

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Subject: Boobook splits
From: David James <>
Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2013 15:29:15 -0700 (PDT)
The IOC still treats Southern Boobook (Australian mainland) and Morepork (New 
Zeakand, Tasmania and formerly Norfolk) as 2 different species. It was recently 
discussed whether or not to split the Tasmanian form leucopsis from the NZ form 
novaeseelandiae, and split the Wet Tropics form lurida from the mainland form 
boobook. As a matter of process the IOC always places notices on the web site 
indicating POTENTIAL splits, lumps, name changes to encourage discussion and 
get feedback. In this case, the reason for the proposed split was to follow 
Howard & Moore. It turns out that there is not much evidence for support, 
so Frank Gill has decided to wait for further research that is underway by 
Frank Reindt et al. This could be some time away. I think it is unlikely that 
Reindt will recommend splitting lurida because the calls of lurida are 
indistinguishable from boobook. Not sure what is position is regarding 
Anyway, this highlights that changes proposed on the IOC notifications pages 
are not set in stone UNTIL they are incorporated in a quarterly update of the 
David James

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