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
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