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In the 43rd supplement to the AOU Checklist of North American Birds, published in 2002, the Common Snipe was split.   the actual citation from the Auk reads:
 

p. 177. Because of differences in the winnowing display sounds and morphology (Thošnen 1969, Miller 1996), Gallinago delicata (Wilson's Snipe) is recognized as a species distinct from the OldWorld G. gallinago, which retains the name Common Snipe. Insert the following before the account for G. gallinago:

Gallinago delicata (Ord). Wilson's Snipe. Scolopax delicata Ord, 1825, in reprint Wilson, American Ornithology, 9, p. ccxviii (Pennsylvania.)

 

Habitat.-Wet grassy areas, from tundra to temperate lowlands.

Distribution.-as the delicata group in account of G. gallinago.

 

Notes.-Formerly considered part of G. gallinago because of overall morphological similarities (Oberholser 1921), but now separated on the basis of differences in winnowing display sounds associated with differences in the outer tail feathers (Thošnen 1969, Tuck 1972, Miller 1996) that are comparable to differences between other closely related species in the genus. 

 

Modify the account of Gallinago gallinago by removing references to the delicata group. Change Notes to read: Formerly included G. delicata, now considered distinct. South American and African taxa also have been considered conspecific with, or closely related to, G. gallinago by some authors, but are now generally treated as distinct (e.g. Fjeldsa° and Krabbe 1990).

 


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From: MO Wild Bird Forum on behalf of clint
Sent: Thu 12/15/2005 6:23 PM
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Subject: Bird name



I have a copy of Sibley's "Guide to Birds".  In it there is a Common Snipe.
I recently picked up a copy of his "Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North
America"  In it there is a Wilson's Snipe.  They appear to be the same birds
in the drawings but the scientific names are different - same genus but
different species names.  What am I missing?

--
Clint Trammel
Pioneer Forest
Salem, MO 65560

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