Sun, 4 Sep 2016 11:01:37 +0000
Yes, a group of taxa begging for DNA work...
On Sun, Sep 4, 2016 at 4:53 PM, Chris Brandis <>
> From the NSW Bird Atlassers Atlas of the Birds of NSW.
> There was no reference to the "reported interbreeding" .
> Cheers Chris
> Although the distinct mallee form, known as the Yellow-rumped Pardalote
> /P. p. xanthopyge/ was considered to be a separated species but with
> reported interbreeding they have been considered separately here due to
> their distinct habitat requirements. Schodde and Mason (1999) list three
> subspecies with the small /P.p. militaris/ population isolated from
> Cooktown south to about Mackay in Queensland.
> On 4/09/2016 10:58 AM, calyptorhynchus . wrote:
>> A few years ago I initiated a discussion on BA as to whether the
>> Yellow-rumped Pardalote (aka Spotted Pardalote ssp xanthopyge) was a
>> separate sp.
>> I pointed out that it looks different, sounds different and lives in
>> different habitat to the Spotted Pardalote and asked whether it interbred
>> with Spotted Pardalotes where it met with them. BA respondents reported
>> that there were no reports, either in the literature or personally known
>> them, of this.
>> It occurs to me there is one further question to answer. In
>> theory it would be neater if the WA Spotted Pardalotes were also a
>> sp. You could get around this by saying that in a dry period in the
>> Pleistocene Spotted Pardalotes' continuous range broke down into an
>> refuge, a central refuge and a SW refuge and the pops at either end didn't
>> change much and are still the same sp, but the central pop (perhaps
>> it was in smaller numbers and more stressed) changed markedly and deserves
>> species status.
>> But it would be neater if the WA pop of Spotted Pardalote is also
>> from the eastern populations... is there any evidence for this?
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