Ok - having a look through the list and the links, it is frustrating when
the birdlife webpages just cite the handbook as the reference (and
rationale) for splitting the species (?) The shriketit seems reasonable - I
guess the only reason so far it hasn't been split is that taxonomists would
be reluctant to put it in writing, with the rationale seemingly anecdotal
at this stage...
I have been finding articles and doing dumps of info on wikipedia, so will
try to dig up what I can.
On Mon, Dec 26, 2016 at 9:48 PM, Noel Luff <> wrote:
> Birdlife International (HWB) has recently updated their list (now Version
> 9), I have been slowly working through the list.
> Changes that I had previously reported are:
> a) Non-passarines remain substantially unchanged from Version 8
> b) Passerines have been completely reordered with at least 25 new genus
> being added that effect Australia. Most of these are in line with IOC.
> c) some of the changes that effect Australia are
> - Blue-faced Honeyeater has been split. The White-quilled Honeyeater (Top
> End and Kimberley) has been added
> - Crested Shrike-tit has been split into Northern, Western and Eastern
> - Spotted Catbird is now Black-eared Catbird, but has not been split.
> - Quail-thrushs, Papuan Pitta, Tropical Scrubwren, Western Fieldwren,
> Gilbert's Honeyeater, Western Grasswren now follows IOC
> - Golden-backed Honeyeater split from Black-chinned
> Further changes that I have detected are
> - Silver-backed Butcherbird, Paperbark Flycatcher and Norfolk Robin now
> follow IOC
> - Kimberley Flyrobin has been split from Lemon-bellied Flyrobin
> - Crimson Finch has been split into Black-bellied Crimson Finch and
> White-Bellied Crimson Finch
> - Zebra Finch has been split into Australian Zebra Finch and Timor Zebra
> Finch (extralimitally)
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