Date: 9/17/19 11:42 pm From: Tim Janzen <tjanzen...> Subject: [obol] Re: Black-eared Bushtit and OBRC Report
Dear Hendrik and Chuck,
The National Geographic field guide says that the black eared forms are in the subspecies dimorphicus/melanotis. So I do believe that they are considered a separate subspecies.
From: <obol-bounce...> [mailto:<obol-bounce...>] On Behalf Of Hendrik Herlyn
Sent: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 11:18 PM
To: Chuck Gates
Subject: [obol] Re: Black-eared Bushtit and OBRC Report
Hi Chuck et al.,
in a few cases, especially where a potential future split is involved, the OBRC does solicit and review reports of subspecies (e.g., "Bewick's" Swan, "Vega" Herring Gull, "glaucoides" Iceland Gull, "White-winged" and "Gray-headed" Juncos). At this time, as far as I know the "black-eared" bushtits are not considered a separate subspecies, but a color morph that occurs in certain localized populations. Therefore, the OBRC currently does not review reports of these birds. However, I need to double-check with the other committee members whether we may be interested in reports of this rare color morph. I'll get back to you once I have more information.
Regardless of their taxonomic status, these are a very interesting observations! They certainly should be documented somewhere.