Australian Museum Journal Morphology of the Noisy Scrub-bird, Atrichornis clamosus (Passeriformes: Atrichornithidae): introduction, with remarks on plumage and systematic position

Shortform:
Clench and Smith, 1985, Rec. Aust. Mus. 37(3): 111–114
Author(s):
Clench, Mary Heimerdinger; Smith, Graeme T.
Year published:
1985
Title:
Morphology of the Noisy Scrub-bird, Atrichornis clamosus (Passeriformes: Atrichornithidae): introduction, with remarks on plumage and systematic position
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
37
Issue:
3
Start page:
111
End page:
114
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.37.1985.304
Language:
English
Date published:
20 November 1985
Cover date:
20 November 1985
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
AVES
Digitized:
16 January 2009
Reference number:
304
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (156kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (835kb PDF)

Abstract

A brief review is given of previous morphological studies of Atrichornis and its relationship to other passerine families. Renewed interest in the relationships of Menura and Atrichornis in the last two or three decades led to efforts to obtain suitable specimens of both genera. The efforts to obtain the specimen of the rare Atrichornis clamosus used in this study are described in detail. This account highlights the long periods necessary to obtain governmental permission to study an endangered species and suggests that bona fide scientific enquiry can be stifled by unyielding governmental regulations designed to regulate commercial trade. The studies in this volume illustrate the wealth of scientific data that can be obtained from a single specimen in a carefully co-ordinated study.

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