28.8.15

Armchair ticks? No so easy

When the new Clements revisions rolled around a week or so ago I expected a few easy armchair ticks, despite the conservatism of the AOU compared to IOC and other institutions.

Not so fast.

It was only after randomly coming across this article in the Hindu times, that out of curiousity I looked to see if I'd gained the new Indian taxa.

I had indeed.

But it seems my other records of what used to be the superspecies Asian paradise-flycatcher had also reverted to the new Indian taxa, including even records from Borneo, which should have become Blyth's Paradise-fly.

I guess it's worth going through the splits & lumps; see if anything catches your eye. You might have to do some work (albeit from your armchair) for those new ticks.





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