Recently proposed splits for the family Crows and Allies

The split/merge of Hooded Crow and Carrion Crow is one of those long standing taxonomic debates for which a whole body of literature has been produced. We are not doing the case justice at all by providing just this one reference but it is a fairly recent one, and it functions as a good entry point for further reading.

Hooded Crow     Corvus cornix
Linnaeus   1758
Ireland; n Scotland; n Denmark; Scandinavia; n Russia e to w Siberia; s to Italy; se France; Italy; Balkan; Turkey; Middle East; n Iraq; Iran; s S.S.R.
split from: Corvus corone
insert after: Corvus corone
N. Saino & S. Villa,
Pair composition and reproductive success across a hybrid zone of Carrion Crows and Hooded Crows
The Auk 109, ? (1992): 543-555
 

Mallee Whipbird     Psophodes leucogaster
Howe & Ross   1933
s Australia: internal e W Australia, se S Australia to extreme nw Victoria.   Mallee scrub.
split from: Psophodes nigrogularis
insert after: Psophodes nigrogularis
R. Schodde & I.J. Mason,
The Directory of Australian Birds: Passerines, CSIRO Publishing, 1999

Western Shrike-tit     Falcunculus leucogaster
Gould   1838
sw Australia: sw W Australia: from Geraldton and Norseman s to Albany
split from: Falcunculus frontatus
insert after: Falcunculus frontatus
R. Schodde & I.J. Mason,
The Directory of Australian Birds: Passerines, CSIRO Publishing, 1999
 

Northern Shrike-tit     Falcunculus whitei
Campbell   1910
cn Australia: ne W Australia (e Kimberleys) and n N Territories
split from: Falcunculus frontatus
insert after: Falcunculus leucogaster
R. Schodde & I.J. Mason,
The Directory of Australian Birds: Passerines, CSIRO Publishing, 1999
 

Sangihe Shrike-Thrush     Colluricincla sanghirensis
Oustalet   1881
ne Indonesia: Sangihe Island, off ne Sulawesi
split from: Colluricincla megarhyncha
insert after: Pachycephala lanioides
Frank G. Rozendaal & Frank R. Lambert,
The taxonomic and conservation status of Pinarolestes sanghirensis, Oustalet 1881,
Forktail 15 (1999): 1-13
 

Cuban Palm-Crow     Corvus minutus
Gundlach   1852
Cuba
split from: Corvus palmarum
insert after: Corvus palmarum
Orlando H. Garrido, G.B. Reynard & A. Kirkconnell,
Is the Palm Crow, Corvus palmarum (Aves: Corvidae), a monotypic species?
Ornitologia Neotropical 8 (1997): 15-21
 

Silver-backed Butcherbird     Cracticus argenteus
Gould   1841
n Australia: ne W Australia from Port Hedland e to Arnhem Land, n N Territories
split from: Cracticus torquatus
insert after: Cracticus torquatus
R. Schodde & I.J. Mason,
The Directory of Australian Birds: Passerines, CSIRO Publishing, 1999
 

Green Figbird     Sphecotheres viridis
(Vieillot)   1816
e Indonesia: c Lesser Sunda Is., Roti and Timor
 

Australasian Figbird     Sphecotheres vieilloti
Vigors & Horsfield   1827
se New Guinea; nw,n,e Australia
split from: Sphecotheres viridis
insert after: Sphecotheres viridis
R. Schodde & I.J. Mason,
The Directory of Australian Birds: Passerines, CSIRO Publishing, 1999
 

New Zealand Fantail     Rhipidura fuliginosa
(Sparrman)   1787
New Zealand incl. Lord Howe Island, Chatham Is.
 

Grey Fantail     Rhipidura albiscapa
Gould  1840
New Caledonia; Vanuatu: Lifu; Banks Is.; s Solomon Is.: San Cristobal; Australia incl. Tasmania, but excluding coastal mangrove and arid interior.
split from: Rhipidura fuliginosa
insert after: Rhipidura fuliginosa
R. Schodde & I.J. Mason,
The Directory of Australian Birds: Passerines, CSIRO Publishing, 1999
 

Rufous Fantail     Rhipidura rufifrons
(Latham)   1802
Melanesia: D'Entrecasteaux Arch., Louisiade Arch., Solomon Is., Santa Cruz Is.; e,se Australia: n Queensland s to e,s Victoria
 

This split seems to involve also a re-attribution of populations of Rusty-bellied Fantail Rhipidura teysmanni, of which the distribution I believe is now: Wallacea: Mariana Is., Caroline Is., Moluccas, Flores Sea Is., Sulawesi, Palau, Sula Is.

Arafura Fantail     Rhipidura dryas
Gould   1843
se Indonesia: Lesser Sundas, Tanimbar Is., Kai Is., Aru Is., w Papuan Is.; sw New Guinea (Mimika river); n Australia: ne W Australia (Kimberleys) e to (?) nw Queensland (precise eastern limit unknown to me)
split from: Rhipidura rufifrons
insert after: Rhipidura rufifrons
R. Schodde & I.J. Mason,
The Directory of Australian Birds: Passerines, CSIRO Publishing, 1999
 

Frilled Monarch     Arses telescophthalmus
(Garnot)   1827
New Guinea: incl. Aru, Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool. Lowland forests and second growth to 1500 m.
 

Frill-necked Monarch     Arses lorealis
De Vis   1895
ne Australia: n Queensland (n Cape York s to Archer and Chester rivers)
split from: Arses telescophthalmus
insert after: Arses telescophthalmus
R. Schodde & I.J. Mason,
The Directory of Australian Birds: Passerines, CSIRO Publishing, 1999
 

Paperbark Flycatcher     Myiagra nana
(Gould)   1870
sc New Guinea: Merauke region; n Australia: nw W Australia to n N Territories and sw Queensland (Normanton region)
split from: Myiagra inquieta
insert after: Myiagra inquieta
R. Schodde & I.J. Mason,
The Directory of Australian Birds: Passerines, CSIRO Publishing, 1999
 

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