By now some of you have already heard that the AOU has taken the decision to
invalidate Thayer's Gull.
A bit of background: Considered a subspecies of the Herring Gull by the AOU
until 1973. Thayer's Gull, received full species status based largely on the
research of A.H. Macpherson and Neil Smith in the 1960's. Smith's work which
suggested Thayer's and Kumlien's Gulls mated as separate species on Baffin
Island was viewed with much skepticism and this decision by the AOU appears to
debunk his claim.
Ron Pittaway, a respected authority on this subject has published an excellent
account of the history of this taxonomical debate and is worth reading for
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others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence." ~ Frederick
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