Bulletin of The British Ornithologists' Club 2010 130(4):286-301
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A new taxon of Collared Petrel Pterodroma brevipes from the Banks Islands, Vanuatu

Vincent Bretagnolle, Hadoram Shirihai
Vincent
Bretagnolle
&
Hadoram
Shirihai
299
Bull.
B.O.C.
2010
130(4)
and
isolated
subpopulations
(www.birdlife.org/
datazone).
The
conservation
status
of
P.
b.
magnificens
is
unevaluated.
Etymology.
The
subspecies
epithet
expresses
our
constant
impression
when
watching
these
all-dark
Cookilaria
at
sea.
The
new
taxon
represents
one
of
the
most
attractive,
if
not
the
most
attractive
of
gadfly
petrels.
Acknowledgements
Particular
thanks
to
Mary
LeCroy
at
AMNH,
as
well
as
to
Peter
Capainolo,
Paul
Sweet
and
Thomas
J.
Trombone
for
their
highly
supportive
attitude
to
our
study
and
help
with
collecting
DNA
samples
from
specimens.
We
also
thank
staff
at
the
Natural
History
Museum,
Tring,
particularly
Mark
Adams
and
Robert
Prys-Jones,
and
Mike
Brooke
at
the
University
Museum
of
Zoology,
Cambridge
(UK),
for
their
assistance.
Specimens
were
also
measured
at
the
Wellington,
Sydney,
Melbourne
and
Paris
museums:
we
sincerely
thank
their
curators
(Sandy
Bartle,
Walter
Boles,
Wayne
Longmore
and
Eric
Pasquet)
for
access
to
specimens
in
their
care.
James
Dean
provided
photographs
and
measurements
of
the
ty
pe
and
co-type
of
P.
brevipes
in
NMNH,
Washington.
We
thank
our
fellow
workers
in
December
2009:
Audrey
Sternalski,
Orian
Shirihai,
Jakob
Wikstrom,
Eyal
Jacobson
and
Maya
Dvori-Jacobson,
as
well
as
the
many
people
on
Vanua
Lava,
Mota
Lava
and
Ureparapara
for
their
logistical
help
and
welcome
during
our
visit
to
the
Banks
Islands.
Francois
Levionnois
(New
Caledonia)
helped
HS
charter
boats
especially
in
2006-07.
Dick
Watling
collaborated
with
HS
during
the
Fiji
Petrel
expeditions
and
provided
essential
information
on
Collared
Petrels
in
Fiji.
Bill
Bourne
and
Mike
Imber
kindly
sent
copies
of
several
publications
and
suggested
many
improvements
to
the
submitted
draft
(although
not
all
of
their
suggestions
were
followed),
Sandy
Bartle
helped
with
various
issues
relating
to
taxonomy
and
specimens,
and
Guy
Dutson
shared
his
records
of
Collared
Petrel
from
the
Solomons.
Finally,
Guy
Kirwan
and
Kees
Roselaar
helped
with
some
references
and
practical
suggestions.
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