Magpie-lark … taxonomic history

The limited history in my house of this species’ classification is summarised in Simpson & Day 1988 – as ATTACHED – where Magpue-larks are grouped among Australian mud-nesters & just before the Corvids (where Cayley had associated it), “in a new Family with the New Guinea Torrent-lark”; & with a footnote pointing towards possible future inclusion among Monarchs/Flycatchers. Intriguing, the uncertainties colouring Linnaean to-&-fro on the Magpie-larks. I wonder how Indigenous people see these birds. 



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