However, when it comes to splitting species, I am very much in favor of that. Why? you ask. Because my lifelist gets a boost even while I'm sitting in front of my computer! No need to trek through dense jungle or travel thousands of miles. I look at the latest publication from the renowned ornithologists of the world and find that a new species had been recognized which was split from the previously known one. A perfect example of this was the Common Moorhen - Gallinula chloropus. Those birds found in Europe, Africa and Asia are still called Common Moorhens but those in North and South America are now called Common Gallinules! Since I have seen and even photographed both, I can now add the newly split, brand new species Gallinula galeata to my life list! Woohoo!
|Common Moorhen - in Candaba|
|Common Gallinule - in California|