Beautiful. And the New Taxonomies Beckon.
What do I mean? I have touched on this with some of these photos before. Talking with Terry again they reignited the issues.
Bottom line is Taxonomy- the way we ‘order’ or organise animal life so we can make sense of it. All very well if it comes reasonably close to what is really happening. But what if it is way off? Whats if our chosen approach- say phenotype- i.e. the way they look is just ridiculously way off.
So much so the birds are laughing. I don’t understand all the disciplines but some I have seen indicate
the birds are laughing
One such is this group… (and ticking in Britain is about the most unhelpful way to be lead in making taxonomic decisions. It just is.) I saw the Chingford Naumann’s. Awesome bird. Just loved it. Is it a different ‘tick’ from the recent Kent Dusky? Very likely NOT. BUT it IS different. And beautiful. And that will have to be enough. Classifying the differences- and similarities is well worth while.
Dusky and Naumann’s Thrushes and intermediates. Or possibly all intermediates. All photos by Terry Townshend.