"Wisdom begins with putting the right name on a thing"
(Old Chinese Proverb)

English Name Updates

We appreciate the many constructive comments  received, and  we will continue to revisit problematic English names on a case by case basis.  We also refine and adjust English names with changes of species taxonomy.

IOC Version 5.3 (Draft)

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39  Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio Western Swamphen Follows splits of the Swamphen species complex.
39  Mohoau Porphyrio mantelli North Island Takahe Align with prevailing name
39  Takahe Porphyrio hochstetteri South Island Takahe Align with prevailing name
66  Mexican Barred Owl Strix sartorii Cinereous Owl “Change the English name of Strix sartorii to Cinerous Owl (from Mexican Barred Owl) because: (1) It is not closest to (Northern) Barred Owl (by voice or genetics), and using Mexican Barred Owl suggests it is, and requires needlessly modifying “The” Barred Owl to Northern Barred Owl. (2) As English names, Northern Barred Owl and Mexican Barred Owl are easily mis-associated with Northern Spotted Owl and Mexican Spotted Owl, 2 subspecies that are commonly given these English names, which could be confusing, not to mention wrongly reinforcing the misperception the 2 “Barred Owls” are similarly closely related. (3) Cinereous refers to the distinctive gray plumage tones, akin to its closest relative Fulvous Owl. Thus the North American species (north of Mexico) can be kept as Spotted and Barred (plumage patterns), whereas the southern taxa can be Fulvous and Cinereous (plumage tones). This seems like a pleasing symmetry, makes sense, and is the path of least resistance, before people start commonly using Northern Barred Owl” (S. Howell 6/12/2015)
66  Northern Barred Owl Strix varia Barred Owl Remove adjective with change of English name of Strix sartorii to Cinereous Owl
77 Magnificent Hummingbird Eugenes fulgens Rivoli’s Hummingbird Resurrect classic English name with split of Admirable Hummingbird E. spectabilis
85  Black-mandibled Toucan Ramphastos ambiguus Yellow-throated Toucan  SACC 663
133  Tepui Greenlet Vireo (Hylophilus) sclateri Tepui Vireo  Slager et al 2014, SACC 655
148 Chinese Hill Warbler Rhopophilus pekinensis Beijing Babbler  Leader et al 2013

IOC Version 5.2 (April 23, 2015)

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56 Bluebonnet Northiella haematogaster Eastern Bluebonnet Follows split of Naretha Bluebonnet.
121 Swan River Honeyeater Melithreptus chloropsis Gilbert’s Honeyeater A valid alternative to ‘Western White-naped Honeyeater’, this name honors the pioneering work of John Gilbert in Western Australia
121 Wattled Honeyeater Foulehaio carunculatus Greater Wattled Honeyeater Follows split of Lesser Wattled Honeyeater (Pratt, Watling)
121 Giant Honeyeater Gymnomyza viridis Yellow-billed Honeyeater Follows split of ‘Giant’ Honeyeater, G. brunneirostris
124 Ashy Gerygone Acanthiza [Gerygone] cinerea Grey Thornbill Name change follows change of genus (H&M4, Pratt & Beehler 2015)
126 Chestnut-backed Quail-thrush Cinclosoma castanotum Chestnut Quail-thrush Change to prevailing English name
131 Mottled Whistler Rhagologus leucostigma Mottled Berryhunter Pratt & Beehler 2015
209  Blue Seedeater Amaurospiza concolor Cabanis’s Seedeater Reserve Blue Seedeater for species group following split of Ecuadorian Seedeater (Bryson et al 2014)

IOC Version 5.1 (Jan 15, 2015)

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19 Congo Peacock Afropavo congensis Congo Peafowl Modify English name to prevailing consensus
74 Plovercrest Stephanoxis lalandi Green-crowned Plovercrest Follows split of Purple-crowned Plovercrest English names provisional
76 Blossomcrown Anthocephala floriceps Santa Marta Blossomcrown Follows split of Andean/Tolima Blossomcrown
201 Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca Red Fox Sparrow Follows split of three added species
203 Rufous-naped Brush Finch Atlapetes latinuchus Yellow-breasted Brush Finch Change English name to prevailing consensus; reserves “Rufous-naped Brush Finch” for species complex (SACC 471, Donegan & Huertas 2006)

IOC Version 4.4 (Oct 31,2014)

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 38 Clapper Rail Rallus longirostris Mangrove Rail Rename with restriction of R. longirostris to SA ssp longirostris,, phelpsi, margaritae, pelodramus, cypereti and crassirostris; Assign previous English name Clapper Rail to Rallus crepitans of eastern North America (Maley & Brumfield 2013, NACC 2014-A-5)
86 Blue-eared Barbet Megalaima australis Yellow-eared Barbet English name of M. australis  follows HBW/BLI after split of M. duvaucelii
118 Lineated Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes albolineatus Guianan [Lineated] Woodcreeper Rename following splits of Duida, Inambari, Rondonia, and Layard’s woodcreepers (4.3)
 199 Baywing Agelaioides badius Greyish Baywing Change English name of Agelaioides badius to Greyish Baywing with split of Pale Baywing

IOC Version 4.3 (July 31,2014)

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 111  Upper Magdalena Tapaculo  Scytalopus rodriguezi  Magdalena Tapaculo  SACC 614
 119 MacGregor’s Bowerbird  Amblyornis macgregoriae Macgregor’s Bowerbird Orthography of name follows that used by De Vis in the original description and aligns with Beehler and Pratt (in press)
 122 MacGregor’s Honeyeater  Macgregoria pulchra Macgregor’s Honeyeater Orthography of name follows that used by De Vis in the original description.
 211 Southern Yellow Grosbeak  Pheucticus chrysogaster  Golden Grosbeak  Aligns with SACC 625 (previously Golden-bellied Grosbeak)
 211 Mexican Yellow Grosbeak  Pheucticus chrysopeplus  Yellow Grosbeak  Aligns with AOU/NACC

IOC Version 4.2 (Apr 15, 2014)

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63 Long-tailed Cuckoo Urodynamis taitensis Pacific Long-tailed Cuckoo Restore adjective vis a vis African Cercococcyx spp
78 Bearded Helmetcrest Oxypogon guerinii Green-bearded Helmetcrest Follows split of Blue-bearded, White-bearded, and Buffy Helmetcrests (Collar & Salaman 2013, SACC 609)
 85 Whitely’s Toucanet Aulacorhynchus whitelianus  Tepui Toucanet SACC 520.
105 Eastern Sirystes Sirystes sibilator Sibilant Sirystes Follows split into three species
107 Stipple-throated Antwren Epinecrophylla haematonota Napo Stipple-throated Antwren Follows split into three species
159 Spotted Wren-Babbler Elachura [Spelaeornis] formosa ‘Spotted’ Elachura Separate from Spelaeornis wren-babblers (Timaliidae) to unrelated, monotypic family (Alström et al 2014)

IOC Version 4.1 (Jan 30, 2014)

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54 Short-billed Black Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus latirostris Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo  Restore traditional name with patronym following Pizzey & Knight, Birds Australia and others.
54 Long-billed Black Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus baudinii Baudin’s Black Cockatoo  Restore traditional name with patronym following Pizzey & Knight, Birds Australia and others.
102 Andean Tyrant Knipolegus signatus Jelski’s Black Tyrant  Follows split of Plumbeous Tyrant
110 Bicolored Antbird Gymnopithys leucaspis White-cheeked Antbird Change English name of Gymnopithys leucaspis to White-cheeked Antbird with split of G. bicolor.
126 Angola Batis Batis minulla Angolan Batis  Correct to adjectival form
136 Fatuhiva Monarch Pomarea whitneyi Fatu Hiva Monarch  Official spelling of the island is two words.
144 Angola Swallow Hirundo angolensis Angolan Swallow  Correct to adjectival form
145 Angola Lark Mirafra angolensis Angolan Lark  Correct to adjectival form
175 Angola Cave Chat Xenocopsychus ansorgei Angolan Cave Chat  Correct to adjectival form
178 Angola Slaty Flycatcher Melaenornis brunneus Angolan Slaty Flycatcher  Correct to adjectival form
194 Caucasian Great Rosefinch Carpodacus rubicilla Great Rosefinch  Removed adjective follows inclusion of Spotted Great Rosefinch
194 Stresemann’s Rosefinch Carpodacus waltoni (not eos) Pink-rumped Rosefinch  Retains association of  “Stresemann” with previous species name eos

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