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  1. GMK

    Canarian Black Oystercatcher

    An alternative view of Haematopus meadewaldoi now published in Ibis, and also available here: (PDF) Species, subspecies or morph—what was the Canary Islands Oystercatcher?
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    Deeper resolution as to the systematic placement of Bee Hummingbird recently published by Lawrie et al. (2021) The systematic position of the Bee Hummingbird (Mellisuga helenae) (Aves: Trochilidae) and potential consequences for nomenclature of the Mellisugini. Orn. Neotrop. 32: 45–50...
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    The clue is in the file name of the .pdf ("tapa" = cover). Unfortunately, uploading any file (even just the cover of a book) will mean that RG identifies the work has being "full text available".
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    Storrs Lovejoy Olson, 1944 - 2021

    Storrs had been ill with cancer for some months, at least. He died within the last few days, but I can't tell you more than that. Incidentally, placing this in the paleontology forum somewhat underplays his importance. Storrs was WAY more than just a paleontologist, which is what made him such...
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    Thinornis rossii

    Some people might be interested in a recent paper published in Notornis on a mysterious shorebird taxon: Kirwan, G. M. & Collar, N. J. 2020. Reflections on Thinornis rossii. Notornis 67(4): 773–781. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/347469567_Reflections_on_Thinornis_rossii
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    Ivory-billed Woodpecker: Debunking the Critics

    Very pertinent question. Back in summer 2006, I was at the Smithsonian talking to Gary Graves about the Arkansas "claims". I'll always remember what he said: "It ain't ornithology, it's psychology". The same seems true to this day. For the record, Graves had been surveying the Big Woods each...
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    Taxonomic ‘impediment’, ‘gap’, ‘inflation’ and ‘anarchy’

    Perhaps of interest to some readers of this forum. Fairly recently published. Marcos A. Raposo , Guy M. Kirwan, Ana Carolina Calijorne Lourenço, Gisela Sobral, Flávio Alicino Bockmann & Renata Stopiglia (2020). On the notions of taxonomic ‘impediment’, ‘gap’, ‘inflation’ and ‘anarchy’, and...
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    Latest Lynx releases

    Replying as one (of the three) Lynx field guide series coordinators, the survey was a genuine attempt to canvas opinion. Of course, we had our own perceptions of gaps in the market/areas or countries that could benefit from a new guide, etc., but we certainly did want to hear from his many...
  9. GMK

    Birds of Argentina

    It means absolutely the same thing. The difference reflects where different publishers actually print their books. Currently, many Helm/Bloomsbury titles are printed in India, with the vast majority of the stock being shipped by sea to the UK for onward distribution. Lynx titles are printed in...
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    Audubon's Bird of Washington: the fraud that launched his Birds of America

    Layperson's introduction to the case: https://www.birdguides.com/articles/comment/what-is-the-real-legacy-of-john-james-audubon/
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    Audubon's Bird of Washington: the fraud that launched his Birds of America

    Two posts on the National Audubon Society website reveal its response to their namesake's racism and other issues. The paper discussed here is briefly mentioned in the second: https://www.audubon.org/news/revealing-past-create-future https://www.audubon.org/news/the-myth-john-james-audubon
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    Audubon's Bird of Washington: the fraud that launched his Birds of America

    A viewpoint, but nevertheless this and your other post suggest you have not actually read the paper critically. Firstly, as some background, the paper was peer-reviewed by three ornithologists with long experience in analysing both historical specimens and, even more importantly, artistic...
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    Audubon's Bird of Washington: the fraud that launched his Birds of America

    Of course, you might choose to narrowly focus on the issue of the continued use of Audubon's name at subspecific level in the light of this paper, and that is obviously a valid topic to discuss in the taxonomy forum. However, I consider that the real interest of Halley's paper is the fact that...
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    Audubon's Bird of Washington: the fraud that launched his Birds of America

    Widely known as one of the most famous and valuable of all bird books, Audubon’s The Birds of America, brought its author fame that lasts to this day. In a new paper in the Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club, Matthew Halley reveals that the book might never have been published but for...
  15. GMK

    Unified taxonomy

    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 science left at the core, more than just Montifringilla theresae as a perfectly valid species...
  16. GMK

    AOU-NACC Proposals 2020

    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 fact that the specimen no longer existed was also clearly signalled in our field guide to the West...
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    Oscine/suboscine vocalisations

    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 is known, e.g., for Thamnophilus caerulescens, Conopophaga lineata, so care is needed, as...
  18. GMK

    Field guide: Rio - Teresopolis

    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 in red informs that there are only a few copies left and these are all held at REGUA. But, the...
  19. GMK

    Oman Swift

    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 the fifth image in the first set...
  20. GMK


    Steve Howell and Dale Dyer are working on (quote) "a compact guide" to Mexico. No info on timeline though.
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    Southeast China Dec/Jan 2018/19

    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 broadly similar (mis)fortune. I think Paul Holt got a pretty scrappy view of one, but he’s very...
  22. GMK

    National Museum Brasil completely burned down

    As mentioned in my other post here all modern vertebrates, the botanical collections etc. were totally unscathed (because they are held in other buildings some distance from where the fire occurred). So, all of these avian types mentioned above were totally unaffected. On the other hand, if...
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    National Museum of Brazil destroyed by fire

    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 de Botânica, Biblioteca Principal, Pavilhão de Salas de Aulas, Laboratório de arqueologia na...
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    Lynx: Birds of Thailand, Birds of Vietnam

    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 weight of any given guide. Given this, Lynx has typically published hardcover field guides in the...