I think only the A.O.U. Check-List committee can 'officially' split (or
lump) species. And the ABA follows the AOU on all matters of taxonomy.
There is just one species of Spindalis in the printed 7th edition AOU
check-list, in Sibley & Munroe, and in Clements.  Has their been a
published supplement to the AOU 7th edition that splits Spindalis?

If no, perhaps Raffaele reported that Stripe-headed Tanager is going to be
split, or is likely to be split, or that a published article has
recommended that it be split.

David M. Mark
Amherst, New York (near Buffalo; home location)
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On Mon, 17 Jul 2000, Barbara Passmore wrote:

> Hi, again,
> Not that Phil Davis doesn't already know this, but I did take a look at _A
> Guide to the birds of the West Indies_, Raffaele et al., Princeton
> University Press, 1998.  Raffaele reports that Stripe-headed Tanager has
> been split into four species,listed as Puerto Rican, Hispaniola, Western,
> and Jamaican.  The Western is the one shown in the 3d ed of the NGS field
> guide as being seen in South Florida under the name of  Stripe-headed
> Tanager (Spindalis zena), with two subspecies, zena and townsendi. possibly
> being seen.  Western is shown by Raffaele as having a total of five
> subspecies.
> If there has been a further split of the Western Stripe-headed Tanager
> (Spindalis zena), it is not shown in the current edition of the NGS.  And
> this is the bird shown as visiting southeast Florida and the Florida
> Keys.  It should be noted, however,that NGS also does not use the name
> "Western" but refers to the bird as simply as Stripe-headed Tanager
> (Spindalis zena).
> This does not answer Phil's question about whether others have been
> recorded in Florida but was interesting to me and I thought perhaps also
> interesting to you.
> Barbara Passmore
> Valdosta GA
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