IS SWINHOE’S PLOVER (CHARADRIUS DEALBATUS) A VALID SPECIES?

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In recent years there have been many scientific controversies when deciding what is a species and what is not, both in the world of birds and in the other large groups of animals. So much that at present there are at least three different lists of the bird species of the world that do not agree with each other, but for each one there are broad supports both at a scientific and a political level. On this topic we have already talked a lot at the DBF with the contributions of Josep de Hoyo and Nigel Collar in previous editions.

This year we will also talk about that topic, but from the point of view of a specific case, that of a charismatic South China plover that some authors consider the same species as our Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) and others, such as Jonathan Martinez, who has been studying it during the last 5 years and  will present for the first time in his lecture at the DBF some of the most recent discoveries and bring a few answers to this taxonomic dilemma.

Author: Ricard Losarcos