Zitting Cisticola & Fan-tailed Warbler.

27 May 2013 17:03 #1064 by Vince Halley-Frame
Hi all

Whilst editing my world list, i noticed that i had Fan-tailed Warbler ( Basileuterus Lachrymosus ) & Zitting Cisticola ( Cisticola Juncidis ) as entries.
Aren't they the same species ? I deleted both and tried again in case there was an amendment, but both were still available.
Am I missing something ? :unsure:

Regards Vince.

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27 May 2013 19:32 #1065 by Vince Halley-Frame
Just googled the two species and discovered there is a Fan-tailed Warbler on the Pacific coast.

Not the same family as the Eurasian one, hence name change to Zitting Cisticola. Should have googled it in the first place,

regards Vince.

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09 Jun 2013 16:35 #1073 by Antony Whitehead
Easy trap to fall into with American and European birds that have the same common names. Another one to watch for is Black Vulture.

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12 Jun 2013 08:44 #1074 by Julian Thomas
That's what the scientific names are there for - that one was Cisticola and one Basileuterus should have been a big clue. Both big, longstanding genera in separate families in very different parts of the world.

More confusing is where the same name is used for different closely-related species. 'Tinkling Cisticola' for instance is used in Clements for C. tinniens, but for C.rufilatus in most African field guides, where C. tinniens is given as Levaillant's Cisticola.

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