Recently proposed splits for the family Sparrows and Allies

The paper by Pavlova et al presents a study on the relationships within the flava and citreola groups of wagtails, based on mtDNA, obtained from specimens from many areas of the groups' geographic distributions.

The findings show that neither flava nor citreola are monophyletic, and that in all likelihood flava must be split up in (at least) three groups, namely:

  • tschutschensis (with at least plexa),
  • taivana (with at least macronyx), and
  • flava (with at least feldegg, beema, thunbergi, lutea and leucocephala)

But the issue remains unresolved for other taxa within flava, and limits are unclear at present. So, I am postponing their inclusion here. The split between werae and citreola is a much clearer one.

Western Citrine Wagtail     Motacilla werae
(Buturlin)   1907
Belarus; Ukraine; sw Russia; Kazachstan, wintering on Indian subcontinent
split from: Motacilla citreola
insert after: Motacilla flaviventris
Alexandra Pavlova, Robert M. Zink, Sergei V. Drovetski, Yaroslav Red'kin & Sievert Rohwer,
Phylogeographic patterns in Motacilla flava and Motacilla citreola: Species limits and population history
The Auk 120, 3 (2003): 744-758
 

New Zealand Pipit     Anthus novaeseelandiae
(Gmelin)   1789
New Zealand, Chatham Is., Auckland Is. and Antipodes Is.
 

Australian Pipit     Anthus australis
Vieillot   1818
c New Guinea: Mt. Hagen e to Kratke Mts. at 1100-2450 m; Australia incl. Tasmania
split from: Anthus novaeseelandiae
insert after: Anthus noveaseelandiae
R. Schodde & I.J. Mason,
The Directory of Australian Birds: Passerines, CSIRO Publishing, 1999
 

Chestnut Munia     Lonchura atricapilla
(Vieillot)   1807
se Nepal; ne India: Bihar, n Orissa & W Bengal, Assam to; sw China: Yunnan; n,c Thailand to; s Laos; c,s Viet Nam; Malaysia; Indonesia; Philippines
split from: Lonchura malacca
insert after: Lonchura malacca
Robin Restall,
Munias and Mannikins, New Haven, 1996, p. 122

Cameroon Indigobird     Vidua camerunensis
(Grote)   1922
Senegal e to Nigeria; Ethiopia; n Zaire
split from: Vidua funerea
insert after: Vidua larvaticola
N.K. Klein, R.B. Payne & M.E.D. Nhlane,
A molecular perspective on speciation in the brood parasitic Vidua finches
Proceedings VIII Pan-African Ornithological Congress, 29-39, 1993

Jos Plateau Indigobird     Vidua maryae
Payne  1982
c Nigeria: Panshanu Pass near Jos, and Kagoro
split from: Vidua funerea
insert after: Vidua camerunensis
R.B. Payne & L.L. Payne,
Song mimicry and species status of the indigobirds Vidua: associations with Quail-finch Ortygospiza atricollis, Goldbreast Amandava subflava and Brown Twinspot Clytospiza monteiri
Ibis 136 (1994): 291-304

Quailfinch Indigobird     Vidua nigeriae
(Alexander)   1908
The Gambia; Nigeria; Cameroon.  Isolated localities, especially on river flood plains
split from: Vidua funerea
insert after: Vidua raricola
R.B. Payne & L.L. Payne,
Song mimicry and species status of the indigobirds Vidua: associations with Quail-finch Ortygospiza atricollis, Goldbreast Amandava subflava and Brown Twinspot Clytospiza monteiri
Ibis 136 (1994): 291-304

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