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Recent content by TomDerutter

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    Rallidae

    Might be interesting to get an answer to this first:
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    Rallidae

    Will be interesting to see the SACC discussion on this. 1 genus is the conservative approach, but 4 genus-approach seems to line up nice: yellow-breasted (Hapalocrex flaviventer) grey-breasted (exilis) red-breasted (Laterallus) dark (Creciscus) Previous species taken out of Gallinula was to...
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    Rallidae

    Aphanapteryx (1868) is older than Cabalus (1872)
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    Latest IOC diary updates

    I vote for Phyllosoctopus!
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    Furnariidae

    The SACC proposal has it as Dusky-capped Woodcreeper. I guess it's a simple error.
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    Latest IOC diary updates

    Fynbos is both an ecoregion and the name for the typical vegetation along the cape coast in South Africa. Lot's of endemic species over there. Informative name, I like it.
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    AOU-NACC Proposals 2021

    I wholeheartedly agree with not using eponyms for a new name (they're not very informative anyway). My take on this is that this species already has a name, so it doesn't need a new one.
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    AOU-NACC Proposals 2021

    It goes beyond me why they would create a new English name for a species that already has one. Especially one that is not blatantly wrong, and has seen a lot of use recently.
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    AOU-NACC Proposals 2021

    I don't think Saxicola torquatus will still be on the list, so they simply don't (have to) make a decision on this?
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    Alaudidae

    Mirafra_passerina has an even weirder placement, away from Mirafra entirely
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    Gentoo Penguin possible future split into 4 species

    If I read the blog correct, these taxa can only be correctly identified when using DNA?
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    Crossbills

    Came across this on twitter: On the relative importance of ecology and geographic isolation as drivers for differentiation of call types of Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) in the Palearctic Efforts to understand the process of speciation have been central to the research of biologists since...
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    Elegant Pitta

    From Birds of the World: Proposed forms kalaoensis (Kalao, S of Sulawesi) and plesseni (Kalaotoa) indistinguishable from virginalis; forms hutzi (S Nusa Penida I, in Lombok Strait) and everetti (Alor) inseparable from concinna.
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    Elegant Pitta

    IOC proposed splits/lumps page: Elegant Pitta Pitta elegans Ornate Pitta Pitta concinna Banda Sea Pitta Pitta vigorsii Proposed split based on bioacustic and plumage differences. English name tentative. Parent species, P. elegans, retains its original English name. Yue et al. (2020)...
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    Elegant Pitta

    being the important part here. If I remember correct, we had Stipplethroat Antwren, which was split in x-stipplethroat, y-stipplethroat, ... This would be an example of a job well done. Most of the time I'm not very fond of the compound names that are being created. I do appreciate how hard...
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