Here are some details about the project. I set the publishing date for the Volume 1. According to the plans it will be published by July 2019. Publishing dates for the rest of the volumes will be announced later.
It is a great pleasure to have Ayuwat Jearwattanakanok in the team. Ayuwat is young and very talented wildlife artist, based in Thailand. More about Ayuwat will be posted later.
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There might be no news about the project, but I’m happy to tell my followers that it is live and running in the background! I’m working hard to get it done! More detail is coming later.
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Both the morphology and the behaviour of the Magellanic Plover is unprecedented among shorebirds. © Gyorgy Szimuly
In October last year proposal was addressed to the South American Classification Committee (SACC) to treat Pluvianellidae (Magellanic Plover) as a subfamily of Chionidae (Sheathbills). The Pluvianellidae is considered to be a monotypic family among shorebirds since it was elevated from Charadriidae. As a result of previous genetic studies it was then treated as the sister family of Chionidae.
The current proposal didn’t pass due to the lack of evidence. Both the uniqueness of the behaviour of Magellanic Plover (means also different from that of the Sheathbills) and the genetic data supports the family status of the Pluvianellidae being in close relation to Chionidae.
The Magellanic Plover is a stunning and in a way extraordinary member of the shorebirds. © Gyorgy Szimuly
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