Talk:New World warbler

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two generic names[edit]

It appears that two generic names may need alteration. I have sources, but not good enough sources. The first is Seiurus, which, as noted here without a citation, has long been suspected to be polyphyletic. Now genetic studies clearly show the waterthrushes to be quite distant from the ovenbird, and a new generic name Parkesia has been proposed for them. I don't have access to the paper on this, but here's a reference: "Sangster, G., 2008, A new genus for the waterthrushes (Parulidae), Bull. Brit. Ornith. Club 128: 212-214". There are a lot of interesting possibilities (not much else, yet) coming out of some recent phylogenetic studies and I'll add notes like this: "Genetic studies suggest the Canada and Wilson's Warblers may be whitestarts." The second genus is Vermivora, which Oberholser's Bird Life of Texas (1974) claims is preoccupied by Linné's 1776 senior synonym for the Worm-eating Warbler. The next available name is apparently Helminthophila Ridgway 1882. I think I'll add little notes on this, but can anybody give some input? Innotata 16:06, 2 November 2009 (UTC)

I just found that Vermivora americ was suppressed by the ICZN. For some reason it isn't in the index of names in zoology innotata (Talk | Contribs) 21:58, 7 November 2009 (UTC)

Yellow-breasted chat[edit]

I am the author of the article about Dolichonyx oryzivorus in the Spanish Wikipedia and I found a paper that said that the bobolink, an icterid, is closely related to the yellow-breasted chat. When I wrote that in the article’s taxonomy section, it aroused some controversy due to the fact that the yellow-breasted chat was originally classified as a parulid. Then I resorted to the article in English about this bird to learn more about its taxonomy and it suggested that its classification as a parulid is obsolete. I was wondering if anyone knew anything about its current classification. Has anyone heard or read anything about its phylogenetic links with Icteridae? If you happen to know any free-access paper available in the internet about this matter, I’d appreciate you let mi know in my talk. Thank you! --Pablo.ea.92 (talk) 11:01, 8 March 2012 (UTC)


I've redirected Mniotiltidae here. This old taxon appears to have formerly included Mniotilta and perhaps some other genera. It should probably be explained (here or at some better location). I mostly see it in works from the early 20th century, though it still appears in the unabridged Merriam-Webster[1]: "Taxonomic synonym of Parulidae".  — SMcCandlish ¢ ≽ʌⱷ҅ʌ≼  00:58, 10 June 2015 (UTC) PS: You can get different results at that URL; the online version sometimes does a bait-and-switch where they replace the "limited access" to the unabridged edition's content with a demand that you pay for permanent access to it. I had to go to the page again in a different browser to get the result with the "Taxonomic synonym of Parulidae" text again.  — SMcCandlish ¢ ≽ʌⱷ҅ʌ≼  01:27, 10 June 2015 (UTC)