Recently proposed splits for the family Snipe and Allies
Javan Woodcock     Scolopax saturata
Horsfield   1821
w Indonesia: Java and Sumatra. Damp, montane forests between 1500-3000 m.


The authors propose this split while describing the new Bukidnon Woodcock from the Philippines. They argue that rosenbergii, compared to saturata, is

  • isolated from the other form by at least 2,500 km, which for a sedentary population is expected to mean negligible gene flow between them.

  • significantly larger in wing, tail, tarsus and culmen length
  • strikingly different in plumage: upperparts much darker and more loosely barred; conspicuous and well-developed white spots on malar, supraloral and chin; darker throat, breast and belly with latter barred with white
New Guinea Woodcock      Scolopax rosenbergii
Schlegel   1871
e Indonesia: Irian Jaya in Vogelkop, Foya and Snow Mts.; Papua New Guinea: Central Highlands and Huon Mts.  Montane and subalpine forests between 1700-3700 m.
split from: Scolopax saturata
insert after: Scolopax saturata
Robert S. Kennedy, Timothy H. Fisher, Simon C. B. Harrap, Arvin C. Diesmos & Arturo S. Manamtam,
A new species of woodcock (Aves: Scolopacidae) from the Philippines and a re-evaluation of other Asian/Papuasian woodcock
Forktail 17 (2001): 1-12

Hudsonian Curlew     Numenius hudsonicus
Latham 1790
n U.S.A.: Alaska, all coasts (winter); n Canada: Yukon and nw Mackenzie e to nw Ontario; C & S America (winter)
split from: Numenius phaeopus
insert after: Numenius phaeopus
Robert M. Zink, Sievert Rohwer, Alexander V. Andreev & Donna L. Dittmann,
Trans-Beringia comparisons of mitochondrial DNA differentiation in birds
The Condor 97 (1995): 639-649

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