Date: 6/1/19 11:54 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
Lots of people are getting to see the Black-bellied Whistling-Duck in Baltimore. Some amazing pix, too!

However, there are several reports with different subspecies. The two subspecies being reports are fulgens and autumnalis. The former is presumably the expected subspecies but autumnalis, the nominate, seems to be strictly a South American subspecies with only 4 eBird reports in the US. For those of you reporting to subspecies, how did you differentiate to which ever subspecies you chose? If the answer is, you don't know, then please don't use any subspecies!

This goes for subspecies reporting in general on eBird. If you can't differentiate to subspecies with certainty then DON'T report it!

Tyler Bell
California, Maryland

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