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Stonechat

Observed: 25th November 2012 By: David JardineBirds expert
P1070602
Description:

A nice bright male in the rough ground at the edge of a sand pit

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ophrys's picture

rubicola

Now rubicola, rather than the gender-incorrect torquata. Another change that iSpot will hopefully catch up with eventually.

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Taxonomy!!!!

Don't we love taxonomists?

For either of these names to be technically correct the authority should also be listed - if they were, then they would be synonyms....

RoyW's picture

Synonyms.

It's a little bit more complex than suggested...

The "new" scientific name for European Stonechat Saxicola rubicola (Linnaeus, 1766) is because "Common Stonechat" is now treated as at least three different species.

The name Saxicola torquatus (Linnaeus, 1766) is retained by African Stonechat because the type specimen for Common Stonechat was from the torquatus race.
torquata apparently should be corrected to torquatus (to correct the gender), and it seems that the naming authority and the date are both the same.

The true synonym(s) for Saxicola rubicola would presumably have to be trinomial:
Saxicola torquata/us rubicola (Linnaeus, 1766) and
Saxicola torquata/us hibernans (Hartert, E, 1910)