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Recent content by Ben Wielstra

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    Black-browed babbler (Malacocincla perspicillata)

    Birding ASIA 34 December 2020: NEWSFLASH Missing for 170 years—the rediscovery of Black-browed Babbler Malacocincla perspicillata on Borneo PANJI GUSTI AKBAR, TEGUH WILLY NUGROHO, MUHAMMAD SURANTO, MUHAMMAD RIZKY FAUZAN, DODDY FERDIANSYAH, JOKO SAID TRISIYANTO & DING LI YONG Some info e.g. here
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    Phylogeny of birds

    Feng et al 2020 Nature Dense sampling of bird diversity increases power of comparative genomics
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    Limestone Wren-Babbler

    The interplay of color and bioacoustic traits in the differentiation of a Southeast Asian songbird complex Gwee ... Reindt in press Molecular Ecology Abstract Morphological traits have served generations of biologists as a taxonomic indicator, and have been the main basis for defining and...
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    Sorting out the Snakebirds: The species status, phylogeny, and biogeography of the Darters (Aves: Anhingidae) Kennedy et al. in press. J. Zool. Sys. Evol. Res. Abstract Although the avian family Anhingidae is unequivocally monophyletic, the number and relationships of the component species...
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    Eurasian Nuthatch

    The niches of nuthatches affect their lineage evolution differently across latitude Chen ... & Hung (in press) Molecular Ecology
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    More Babbler shuffling!

    Good stuff, the Black/Bare-headed 'Laughingthrush' must be the biggest surprise!
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    Fascinating paper!
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    Explosive radiation and spatial expansion across the cold environments of the Old World in an avian family http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ece3.3136/abstract
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    The mitonuclear compatibility species concept

    https://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/defining-species-a-new-but-problematic-species-concept/ Jerry Coyne's take.
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    The mitonuclear compatibility species concept

    http://americanornithologypubs.org/doi/full/10.1642/AUK-16-201.1 Well... this would certainly make life easier.
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    Is avian taxonomy still dependent on ongoing specimen collection?

    Whataboutery the stress that birds would experience to obtain a blood sample and in-hand measurements and photos?
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    An African origin of the Eurylaimides (Passeriformes) and the successful diversification of the ground-foraging pittas (Pittidae) http://mbe.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2016/11/11/molbev.msw250.abstract?papetoc
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    The last post...

    Very sad to hear. Many thanks to the huge effort you put into this forum over the years Richard!
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    Speciation through hybridisation

    If a hybrid population persists without depending on gene flow from the original parent species I presume.