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    Global inequity in scientific names and who they honor

    Global inequity in scientific names and who they honor Shane DuBay, Daniela H. Palmer, Natalia Piland doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.08.09.243238 'Linnaean taxonomy is a cornerstone of Western biology in which organisms are given a two-part name (a genus and species), creating biological...
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    Metallic Starling

    The taxonomic rank of Aplonis metallica circumscripta. N. J. Collar Forktail 34 2018 (yes) ... argues for species status with name Purple-chinned Starling
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    Shortwings - Brachypteryx

    Integrative taxonomy of the northern White-browed Shortwing Brachypteryx montana taxa supports recognition of three species Pamela C Rasmussen • Per Alstrom • Xia Canwei • Guoling Cheen • Magnus Gelang • Liu Yang 'The White-browed Shortwing Brachypteryx montana sensu lato is widespread from the...
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    Zoothera on Mussau

    As nothing has been published this may not warrant its own thread but: http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150415-new-species-and-vital-wildlife-haven-discovered-in-papua-new-guinea 'Manus and Mussau are the northern most islands of Papua New Guinea. Their remote location means their forests...
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    Ecuador in March 2014 - where best?

    I am visiting Ecuador for 2 weeks next March with some friends. They are not hard-core birders but like to see lots of birds of lots of kinds, and also mammals scenery, etc. It seems it is prime birding time in the south, in that it is the start of the rainy season and birds are calling. Next...
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    Red-bellied Pitta

    I can't find this as a thread yet... The spatio-temporal colonization and diversification across the Indo-Pacific by a ‘great speciator’ (Aves, *Erythropitta erythrogaster*) Martin Irestedt, Pierre-Henri Fabre, Henrique Batalha-Filho, Knud A. Jønsson, Cees S. Roselaar, George Sangster, and Per...
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    twearth?

    Can anyone enlighten me about twearth.com? It seems to be partly a bird ID site based around twitter, but I haven't found any contact info or details on google etc about who is behind it. They seem to use people's photos without proper credit...
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    Gecinulus woodpeckers

    Round, Hobday, Kanjanavanit, Steward 2012 A nesting pair of Gecinulus woodpeckers in a likely hybrid zone of intergradation between Pale-headed Woodpecker G. grantia and Bamboo Woodpecker G. viridis Forktail 28 113-120
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    Zappey's Flycatcher

    Leader and Carey 2012 Zappey's Flycatcher Cyanoptila cumatilis, a forgotten Chinese breeding endemic Forktail 28 121-128
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    North Norway etc in September

    I am travelling with 2 Japanese friends initially to see the aurora but also for birdwatching. We have the first 2 weeks of September. So we are planning to fly to Tromso which seems to be far enough north for a good aurora, and to hire a car. I have Gustav Aulen's book on Where to watch birds...
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    North Norway etc in early September

    I am travelling with 2 Japanese friends initially to see the aurora but also for birdwatching. We have the first 2 weeks of September. So we are planning to fly to Tromso which seems to be far enough north for a good aurora, and to hire a car. I have Gustav Aulen's book on Where to watch birds...
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    Spiderhunters

    http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1525/auk.2011.11019?journalCode=tauk Apparently reiterates the call for splitting off the 2 Philippine Little Spiderhunters The Auk 128(4):777-788. 2011 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/auk.2011.11019 Diversification of an Endemic Southeast Asian Genus...
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    Updates for Bird-Finding guide to Panama

    I found this book by Angehr, Engleman and Engleman very useful on my recent trip to Panama, even though it was aimed at a slightly different audience from my style of birding. But it is at least 3 years old and some bits need updating. For example, p195 details a road that goes to the...
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