I am not a taxonomist, and as Phil Davis said, this is not a taxonomy list,
but I do want to respond to David Mark's post of yesterday.  I will make a
small personal statement that our local library has an excellent collection
of bird books and it is growing daily.

I have this morning had the library fax over to me the pages of text from
Raffaele's guide to the birds of the West Indies, to which I referred
yesterday.  If anyone needs the full citation, write me directly or refer
to my post of yesterday, please.

Now, with these pages (pp. 417-419) before me, this is what I find.

in Raffaele's book, four species of stripe-headed tanagers are described in

1) Western Stripe-headed Tanager (Spindalis zena)
2) Jamaican Stripe-headed Tanager (Spindalis nigricephalus)
3) Hispaniolan Stripe-headed Tanager (Spindalis dominicensis)
4) Puerto Rican Stripe-headed Tanager (Spindalis portoricensis)

Reference to plates is made in each instance.

Under Western Stripe-headed Tanager (Spindalis zena),the following language

 >Comments:  Aarboreal.  Feeds mainly on berries, but also takes other
plant parts.  >Until recently Western Stripe-headed Tanager was united as a
single species with the >three other stripe-headed tanagers. They were
split into four species based on >differences in vocal behavior,
coloration, nesting and size.  Western Stripe-headed >Tanager still
contains five subspecies.

David, I see no qualifying language whatsoever.  The wording is pretty
clear, I would say.  Beyond that, I can only reiterate that this is what is
stated in this particular

Perhaps you would like to follow it up to prove or disprove.

I am still puzzled about why, if this split has been made, NGS didn't
indicate it in its 3d edition by including "Western" in the name of the
Stripe-headed Tanager there.

If you find out the truth of the matter, please forward it to the list.

Barbara Passmore
Valdosta GA
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At 10:13 PM 7/17/00 -0400, you wrote:
>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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> >