The Mallee Ringneck Parrot is not considered as separated species anymore

April 3rd, 2015 | by LubosTomiska
The Mallee Ringneck Parrot is not considered as separated species anymore
Taxonomy
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The new taxonomy from Joseph del Hoyo brings lots of news for all breeders and parrot lovers. His book HBW and Birdlife Internationall Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World was published in July 2014. Some subspecies became separated species, some disappeared and some species are now considered as subspecies. The latter case goes also for Barnardius parrots.

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Twenty-eight Parrot (Barnardius zonarius semitorquatus). (c) gnangarra. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia license.

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Mallee Ringneck Parrot is not separated species anymore. Now it is considered as subspecies Barnardius zonarius barnardi. (c) sugarvalley. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

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According to the Forshaw’s book Parrots of the World, genus Barnardius includes two species – Port Lincoln Parrot (Barnardius zonarius) and Mallee Ringneck Parrot (Barnardius barnardi). However, new taxonomy from del Hoyo says that both parrots represent the same species Barnardius zonarius. The Mallee Ringneck Parrot is considered there as subspecies Barnardius zonarius barnardi. Two former subspecies of Barnardius parrots – Barnardius zonarius occidentalis and Barnardius barnardi whitei don’t exist anymore according to del Hoyo.

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Title photo: (c)  David Cook. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic license.

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One Comment

  1. Lyle Holmes says:

    ‘Systematics and Taxonomy of Australian Birds’ is the only authoritative work listing all the officially-named bird species of Australia. http://www.publish.csiro.au/pid/5702.htm Written by Leslie Christidis and Walter E Bowles.
    FYI Aviculturists in Australia recognise and breed separately FOUR distinct species (which admittedly are not all officially named thus) Mallee Ringneck Barnardius barnardi, Cloncurry Parrot Barnardius barnardi macgillivrayi, Port Lincoln Parrot Barnardius zonarius, and Twenty-eight Parrot Barnardius zonarius semitorquatus. The only species officially named is Barnardius zonarius listed only as ‘Australian Ringneck’. Aviculturists in Australia generally follow Joseph Forshaw’s opinion on this genus and most others.

    The parrot labelled Port Lincoln (photograph above) is a Twenty-eight Parrot B.z.semitorquatus.

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