Category Archives: Taxonomy

Taxonomic status of the Atlas Long-legged Buzzard revisited

A new study showed that ‘Atlas Long-legged Buzzard’ is composed of individuals with admixed genomes of Long-legged Buzzard (rufinus) and Common Buzzard (buteo + vulpinus), but with closer relationship with the latter. The study thus suggested that cirtensis should be … Continue reading

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A new North African subspecies of Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)

Svensson, L. 2015. A new North African subspecies of Common Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club 135: 69–76. In this recent taxonomic paper, Lars Svensson described a new subspecies of Common Chaffinch from north Cyrenaica, Libya: Fringilla coelebs … Continue reading

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Genetic variability in the Eurasian Stone-curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus)

Mori, A., Baldaccini, N. E., Baratti, M., Caccamo, C., Dessì-Fulgheri, F., Grasso, R., Nouira, S., Ouni, R., Pollonara, E., Rodriguez-Godoy, F.,Spena, M.T., Giunchi, D. (2014). A first assessment of genetic variability in the Eurasian Stone-curlew Burhinus oedicnemus. Ibis 156(3): 687–692. … Continue reading

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On the systematic status of the Cyrenaic Partridge (Alectoris barbata)

Spanò, S., Pellegrino, I., & Borgo, E. (2013). On the systematic status of the Cyrenaic Partridge (Alectoris barbata Reichenow, 1896). Avocetta 37: 145-148. PDF from CISO – Centro Italiano Studi Ornitologici Abstract: Some considerations on the morphological features that differentiate Alectoris … Continue reading

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Maghreb Wheatear (Oenanthe halophila) could be a new North African endemic

Mourning Wheatear (Oenanthe halophile) should be split from the Mourning Wheatear complex.
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Le Traquet halophile (Oenanthe halophila) devrait être élevé au rang d’espèce.
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Subalpine Warbler split into three different species

In a new paper, prominent ornithologist Lars Svensson summarised the recent research on the taxonomy of the Subalpine Warbler (Sylvia cantillans) and recommended the split of the complex into three separate species: – Western Subalpine Warbler (Sylvia inornata), with two subspecies: … Continue reading

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