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Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Tuesday 12th May 2020, 09:32
Replies: 37
Views: 1,983
Posted By GMK
Was or wasn't Meinertzhagen a scientist? He...

Was or wasn't Meinertzhagen a scientist? He wasn't a trained one. Was he engaged in scientific endeavour? Yes. If you pull apart the bird work to reveal all of the lies and theft, there's still some...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Wednesday 18th March 2020, 22:16
Replies: 95
Views: 9,098
Posted By GMK
That will not happen. As I informed Andy Kratter,...

That will not happen. As I informed Andy Kratter, the author of the relevant proposal, by e-mail (16 Dec 2018), the claimed specimen of Alcedo atthis in Cuba was reportedly destroyed by rats. The...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Wednesday 12th February 2020, 21:37
Replies: 20
Views: 1,288
Posted By GMK
On (2), largely true, BUT, (a) male Procnias...

On (2), largely true, BUT, (a) male Procnias bellbirds unquestionably learn to sing (just listen to a green-plumaged male and you'll hear what I mean), and remember that (b) clinal variation in songs...
Forum: Brasil Friday 24th January 2020, 11:15
Replies: 3
Views: 315
Posted By GMK
On the other hand, if you really plan to wander...

On the other hand, if you really plan to wander no further afield than the Serra dos Órgãos, then this guide might be all that you need: https://www.irmaosmello.com.br/livro

Unfortunately, the text...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Monday 30th December 2019, 09:20
Replies: 18
Views: 1,444
Posted By GMK
You'll get half of your wish.

You'll get half of your wish.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 18th December 2019, 16:37
Replies: 13
Views: 834
Posted By GMK
For me, all of these birds are pallidus. One key...

For me, all of these birds are pallidus. One key pointer is that they all seem to have narrow rectrices (berliozi has obviously broad tail feathers). The only one that had me wondering a little was...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Friday 15th November 2019, 09:53
Replies: 11
Views: 731
Posted By GMK
Steve Howell and Dale Dyer are working on (quote)...

Steve Howell and Dale Dyer are working on (quote) "a compact guide" to Mexico. No info on timeline though.
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Monday 24th September 2018, 16:57
Replies: 15
Views: 2,849
Posted By GMK
This is probably a serious understatement. The...

This is probably a serious understatement. The Polyplectron is an absolute [email protected]#&*$£. I spent four days at Jianfengling last spring and heard a peacock-pheasant somewhat distantly once. Others have had...
Forum: Bird Paleontology Monday 3rd September 2018, 16:12
Replies: 9
Views: 922
Posted By GMK
As mentioned in my other post here...

As mentioned in my other post here (https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?p=3759530#post3759530) all modern vertebrates, the botanical collections etc. were totally unscathed (because they are...
Forum: Live Bird News from around the World Monday 3rd September 2018, 12:20
Replies: 3
Views: 1,768
Posted By GMK
For those who can read Portuguese, or use Google...

For those who can read Portuguese, or use Google translate ao menos (!), the following from one of the curators:


Algumas notícias iniciais: Os prédios dos Departamentos de Vertebrados, Departamento...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Thursday 23rd August 2018, 22:38
Replies: 38
Views: 4,982
Posted By GMK
Overall weight is largely governed by the number...

Overall weight is largely governed by the number of pages and the quality of the paper used. Whether a book is softback, hardback or laminated softback really makes rather little difference to the...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Thursday 23rd August 2018, 22:30
Replies: 38
Views: 4,982
Posted By GMK
The answer to your question is yes.

The answer to your question is yes.
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Friday 6th April 2018, 16:56
Replies: 39
Views: 13,839
Posted By GMK
Good decision by SACC in my estimation. I...

Good decision by SACC in my estimation. I strongly doubt pincoyae to be anything more than a subsp. of gracilis.
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 18th January 2018, 10:12
Replies: 10
Views: 1,223
Posted By GMK
I would say that the only thing that you can be...

I would say that the only thing that you can be reasonably confident about is that the birds you photographed (two, or more?) are males, based on the amount of white in the wing (females of both...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 18th May 2017, 22:10
Replies: 78
Views: 12,752
Posted By GMK
Now 78 (when following IOC). I reckon there are...

Now 78 (when following IOC). I reckon there are four more, perhaps five, that I might reasonably expect to see; after that, additions will come from the potential carve-up of Musician Wren, and so on.
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Friday 10th February 2017, 08:09
Replies: 858
Views: 360,577
Posted By GMK
Unfortunately, the only means to ask Becking are...

Unfortunately, the only means to ask Becking are via a séance.

Incidentally, I suggest you check your entry above, firstly for the year of his birth (!), which is unequivocally incorrect (though...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Wednesday 8th February 2017, 13:50
Replies: 858
Views: 360,577
Posted By GMK
Intros to Vols. 1 and 2

The introductions to both volumes of the Illustrated Checklist are now freely available to anyone, via the two links on this...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Thursday 5th January 2017, 12:01
Replies: 102
Views: 17,840
Posted By GMK
Not at all sensitive, I just prefer facts to...

Not at all sensitive, I just prefer facts to rumours and heresay. Unfashionable in these times, I know.

David's book does include the tapaculo, but the bird continues unnamed, and therefore doesn't...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Thursday 5th January 2017, 08:21
Replies: 102
Views: 17,840
Posted By GMK
Trust me, given that I am probably the only...

Trust me, given that I am probably the only person other than the authors (and there are more than one) of the Venezuela guide to have read that ms in its entirety, and as anyone who knows their...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Tuesday 3rd January 2017, 20:47
Replies: 102
Views: 17,840
Posted By GMK
The new passerines taxonomy should be going live...

The new passerines taxonomy should be going live at Alive reasonably soon. There was also a slight but inevitable timelag between the appearance of vol. 1 and the changes in taxonomy to the...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Thursday 15th December 2016, 18:53
Replies: 252
Views: 48,152
Posted By GMK
If you had actually read the paper that first...

If you had actually read the paper that first postulated that S. omanensis is a synonym, you will see that this is not quite the case. Shirihai had already realised years before that a second taxon...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Saturday 10th December 2016, 21:58
Replies: 858
Views: 360,577
Posted By GMK
Easily: molecular data have been constantly...

Easily: molecular data have been constantly employed to help decide linear sequence of taxa, placement at ranks above species, and to a lesser extent to note whether a novel taxonomic arrangement at...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Saturday 10th December 2016, 21:51
Replies: 858
Views: 360,577
Posted By GMK
However, HBW Alive has been updated to reflect...

However, HBW Alive has been updated to reflect current understanding of taxonomy, i.e. two species, one called S. hadorami and the other S. butleri, so their (IUCN’s) overall authority has moved with...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Saturday 10th December 2016, 21:37
Replies: 858
Views: 360,577
Posted By GMK
Whatever you might think of the system, and I...

Whatever you might think of the system, and I will happily criticise aspects of it myself, this is a demonstrably ludicrous comment, but then again Alan has never been one to shy away from making his...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Thursday 8th December 2016, 13:18
Replies: 11
Views: 1,813
Posted By GMK
Albeit not totally familiar, because the first...

Albeit not totally familiar, because the first imprint (in 1995) was also issued in softback, at least on this (east) side of the Atlantic. I have a copy (and indeed another of the reprint, in 2003,...
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