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  1. Melanie

    A new fossil species of Buteogallus from Cuba and Hispaniola

    A new fossil raptor (Accipitridae: Buteogallus) from Quaternary cave deposits in Cuba and Hispaniola, West Indies...
  2. Melanie

    Powered flight in hatchling pterosaurs

    Powered flight in hatchling pterosaurs: evidence from wing form and bone strength Darren Naish Mark P. Witton Elizabeth Martin-Silverstone Scientific Reports volume 11 Article number: 13130 (2021)
  3. Melanie

    Francisco Newton

    Francisco Newton (1864-1909) was a Portuguese naturalist who is in particular known for his large plant and animal collections in Angola and for his two expeditions to the Gulf of Guinea (where he discovered one of he rarest birds in the world, the São Tomé grosbeak). I wonder that are two...
  4. Melanie

    Taxonomic implications of the original illustrations of Prosobonia from Tahiti and Moorea

    Taxonomic implications of the original illustrations of Prosobonia from Tahiti and Moorea made during the second and third Cook expeditions Justin J. F. J. Jansen, Pepijn Kamminga, Marc Argeloo Abstract Two extinct taxa, Moorea Sandpiper Prosobonia ellisi and Tahiti Sandpiper P. leucoptera...
  5. Melanie

    Saypan white-eye (Bridled white-eye on Saypan)

    Is there an eradication program for the Brown Tree Snake on Saypan? Or will the Saypan white-eye population will suffer the same fate as the Guam white-eye in the 1980s (which is extinct since 1983)
  6. Melanie

    Hovacrex roberti

    What is known about a Monsieur Robert who collected the holotype of Tribonyx roberti for (or with) Charles Immanuel Forsyth Major?
  7. Melanie

    Gyps melitensis

    Manegold, Albrecht and Hutterer, Rainer. (2021). First substantial evidence for Old World vultures (Aegypiinae, Accipitridae) from the early Palaeolithic and Iberomaurusian of Morocco. PalZ. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12542-021-00548-9
  8. Melanie

    Handbuch der Palaeornithologie

    This was once a famous German book on palaeornithology. It was published by Hungarian paleontologist Kálmán Lambrecht in 1933 and gives a good overview on the palaeornithological knowledge of that time. Thanks to Fred Ruhe who posted the link in another thread you have now the possibility to...
  9. Melanie

    Meidum Geese

    Highlights • Ancient graphical representations can provide insights into ancient contemporaneous fauna. • Identification of taxa by objective approaches may reduce bias and uncertainty. • The ‘Tobias criteria’ quantitatively delimits avian species. • Taxa evaluated from the ancient Egyptian...
  10. Melanie

    Masked Finfoot

    Choudhury, Yong, & Round: The status and distribution of the Masked Finfoot Heliopais personatus—Asia’s next avian extinction? December 2020 Forktail 36:16-24...
  11. Melanie

    Chloris triasi

    If someone has access to this article please let me know it https://www.dutchbirding.nl/journal/43/1 43 - 45 Unsuccessful search for Trias’s Greenfinch on La Palma, Canary Islands, in August 2018 George Sangster
  12. Melanie

    Racist bird names

    It is interesting to see how long and often racist names might be in use. The name Hottentot teal is probably better known than the non-racist name Blue-billed teal. Or take the Hottentot Buttonquail whose alternative name Fynbos buttonquail is much lesser used in particular in older bird...
  13. Melanie

    Trichoglossus johnstoniae

    Are there any information or life data on aviculturist Marion A. Johnstone. What's her second name? I wonder that the Eponym Dictionary of Birds claimed that she was well known but otherwise almost nothing is found on her in the internet.
  14. Melanie

    David Attenborough: A perfect Planet

    This 5-parted documentary is running on BBC One since January 3, 2021 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Perfect_Planet
  15. Melanie

    New whale species described

    A new Bryde's whale‐like species is described from the Gulf of Mexico A new species of baleen whale (Balaenoptera) from the Gulf of Mexico, with a review of its geographic distribution. Rice's whale Balaenoptera ricei sp. nov. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/mms.12776
  16. Melanie

    Your favorite books of 2020

    In a few days I will got my last book of 2020. (Birds of the Philippines by David Allen). In general I have bought 43 books this year (not only bird or nature related). Among the non novelties are Kadimakara by Gerald van Tets, Return of the Phasmid by Rick Wilkinson, Glimpses of Paradise by...
  17. Melanie

    Taxa described by Cheng Tso-hsin

    Is there an open accessible list of all subspecies described by eminent ornithologist Cheng Tso-hsin?
  18. Melanie

    Paul Carié, Mauritian naturalist and forgotten collector of dodo bones

    Interesting hint from the SAPE Newsletter 34 Paul Carié (1876-1930) was a Mauritian industrialist and naturalist of French descent, who was affiliated with various French scientific societies and carried out research on many aspects of the zoology of the Mascarene islands. However, his work on...
  19. Melanie

    Bermuda Crow - a distinct extinct species?

    Here is another mysterious case of a bird which is only by anecdotal reports but seemingly not by a fossil record: "Bermuda historically had a species of crow that was considered endemic to the islands; however it was exterminated during the early years of human colonization (Wingate, 1975a...
  20. Melanie

    Black-browed babbler rediscovered?

    Seems that another mysterious bird (not seen since the 19th century) has been rediscovered in Borneo. www.xeno-canto.org/species/Malacocincla-perspicillata
  21. Melanie

    A new fossil vulture (Cathartidae: Cathartes) from Cuba

    William Suárez & Storrs L. Olson A new fossil vulture (Cathartidae: Cathartes) from Quaternary asphalt and cave deposits in Cuba Bull. B.O.C. 2020 140(3) p 335-343 Cathartes emsliei sp. nov...
  22. Melanie

    Systematics and distribution of the living and fossil small barn owls of the West Ind

    Systematics and distribution of the living and fossil small barn owls of the West Indies (Aves: Strigiformes: Tytonidae) WILLIAM SUÁREZ, STORRS L. OLSON Abstract After reviewing the systematics and distribution of the living and fossil small West Indian taxa of Tytonidae (Tyto), we reached the...
  23. Melanie

    Mauritius Oil Spill Desaster

    This case shows that not even the last paradises are save Mauritius declares environmental emergency after oil spill www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/07/mauritius-declares-environmental-emergency-after-oil-spill
  24. Melanie

    Gary Russell Graves

    Grallaria gravesi is the first bird taxon dedicated to Gary R. Graves, known for his descriptions of several neotropical bird species (e.g. Heliangelus zusii). Would be to great to know his birth date and birth place.
  25. Melanie

    List of German vernacular names

    The German journal Vogelwarte from the German Ornithologists' Society will publish an up to date list of German vernacular names of all known bird species in its 58th issue (due in June 2020). This is in so far good as there were several splits, lumps and new descriptions after the publishing of...