Heads up: Some or all of the identifications affected by this split may have been replaced with identifications of Rhipidura. This happens when we can't automatically assign an identification to one of the output taxa. Review identifications of Rhipidura fuliginosa 8161

Taxon split aaaaaa 48px Taxonomic Split 4518 (Committed on 2013-04-10)

Following the Systematics and taxonomy of Australian Birds (and also Clements/eBird), R. fuliginosa is confined to New Zealand. All else is now considered R. albiscapa. If your observations are from New Zealand, we recommend you reID them as the narrower concept of R. fuliginosa, otherwise reID them as R. albiscapa.

Christidis, Les; Boles, Walter (2008)... (Citation)
loarie on 2013-04-07 | loarie on 2013-04-10
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Is this split allopatric or sympatric? If Allopatric, where would you draw the line separating Rhipidura albiscapa from Rhipidura fuliginosa?

Posted by loarie over 4 years ago (Flag)
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R. fuliginosa is confined to New Zealand. All else remains R. albiscapa. Birdlife International does no recognize the split but is accepted within the most recent field guide treatments of Australian Birds (e.g. Simpson and Day).

Posted by vicfazio3 over 4 years ago (Flag)
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Thanks Vic! So the birds are allopatric (e.g. there's no R. albiscapa on New Zealand)?

Posted by loarie over 4 years ago (Flag)
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Correct, eBird recognizes only New Zealand Fantail in New Zealand.

Posted by vicfazio3 over 4 years ago (Flag)
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Full disclosure: New Zealand Fantail was once the resident Rhipidura on Lord Howe Island. However, now extirpated.

Posted by vicfazio3 over 4 years ago (Flag)
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michael_pennay thanks for your help curating this taxon, the important thing as msr mentioned is just to make sure that the products of a split or merge, even if they have the same name as the input(s) are new taxa, in this case Rhipidura fuliginosa 244276 is different from Rhipidura fuliginosa 8161 even though they have the same name. Its also important to make sure the taxon schemes are correct, in this instance Rhipidura fuliginosa 8161 is the one IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2 is talking about and Rhipidura fuliginosa 244276 is the one eBird/Clements Checklist 6.7 is talking about.

Posted by loarie over 4 years ago (Flag)

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