Analysis of avian DNA, biometrics and vocalisations add to our understanding of bird species all the time. We cover all the 'splits', lumps and discoveries.

Despite many birders hopes, Great Egret is unlikely to be split any time soon. However, the American subspecies is the most likely armchair tick were it to happen. Hans Stieglitz (

Egret keeps it together

A review paper has found that recent moves to split great Egret and Eastern Great Egret are not robust, and that at present the species...


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Scarlet Robin is one of the forms that remains intact in the latest analysis. Photo: JJ Harrison (

Australasian robins rocked

A new comprehensive genetic survey highlights the differences between Papua New Guinean 'chats' and 'flycatchers' and those in Australia,...


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