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Species limits in the Red-breasted Flycatcher
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2005 (English)In: British Birds, ISSN 0007-0335, Vol. 98, no 10, 538-541 p.Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Abstract [en]

Traditionally, the Red-breasted Flycatcher [Ficedula parva] has been treated as a polytypic species with two subspecies: the western [parva] and the eastern [albicilla]. These taxa show clear differences in morphology and vocalisations and are diagnosably distinct, probably in both sexes and at all ages. There are striking differences in moult patterns between the two forms, and DNA-sequence data indicate that they are genetically divergent. It is clear that [parva] and [albicilla] are independent evolutionary lineages that are genetically distinct and fulfil the criteria for species recognition. It is recommended that they are treated as separate species, Red-breasted Flycatcher [F. parva] and Taiga Flycatcher [F. albicilla].

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2005. Vol. 98, no 10, 538-541 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-63789OAI: diva2:452488
Available from: 2011-10-31 Created: 2011-10-31 Last updated: 2011-11-17Bibliographically approved

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