"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 4.3 (Draft July 2014)

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 111  Upper Magdalena Tapaculo  Scytalopus rodriguezi  Magdalena Tapaculo  SACC 614
 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

IOC Version 3.5 (Sept 30, 2013)

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10 “Madagascar” 37 species “Madagascan”  Change to adjectival form
20 Mascarene Sheldgoose Alopochen mauritiana Mauritius Sheldgoose Change English name from Mascarene Sheldgoose to Mauritius Sheldgoose with recognition of Reunion Sheldgoose as a separate species.
39 Red-eyed Crake Porzana atra Henderson Crake  Change to established and more appropriate name
52 Scarlet-capped Fruit Dove Ptilinopus insularis Henderson Fruit Dove  Change to established and more appropriate name
99 Venezuelan Tyrannulet Zimmerius improbus Specious Tyrannulet  Follows split of Z. petersi
108 Long-tailed Antbird Drymophila caudata
East Andean Antbird  SACC 567; follows splits of Drymophila antbirds
109 Immaculate Antbird Myrmeciza immaculata Blue-lored Antbird  SACC 583; follows split of Zeledon’s Antbird
154 Rusty-faced Babbler Robsonius rabori Cordillera Ground Warbler  Oliveros et al 2012, Hosner et al 2013
154 Grey-banded Babbler Robsonius sorsogonensis Bicol Ground Warbler  Oliveros et al 2012, Hosner et al 2013
178 Angola Slaty Flycatcher Melaeornis brunneus Angolan Slaty Flycatcher Correct to adjectival form
188 Black-faced Quailfinch Ortygospiza atricollis Quailfinch  Follows lumping of African Quailfinch, Black-chinned Quailfinch and Black-faced Quailfinch into one species (Payne & Sorenson 2007).
201 Sage Sparrow Artemisiospiza nevadensis Sagebrush Sparrow  NACC-2013-C-3; follows split from Bell’s Sparrow

 IOC Version 3.4 (June 30, 2013)

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64 Sooty Owl  Tyto tenebricosa  Greater Sooty Owl  Follows split of Lesser Sooty Owl T. multipunctata
75 Violet-crowned Woodnymph  Thalurania colombica  Crowned Woodnymph Emerald-bellied Woodnymph Thalurania hypochlora and Green-crowned Woodnymph T. fannyi are considered conspecific with Violet-crowned Woodnymph T. colombica, now Crowned Woodnymph (SACC 137, 558)
85 Black-casqued Wattled Hornbill  Ceratogymna atrata  Black-casqued Hornbill  Simplify (N Borrow)
85 Yellow-casqued Wattled Hornbill  Ceratogymna elata  Yellow-casqued Hornbill  Simplify (N Borrow)
106 Western Slaty Antshrike  Thamnophilus atrinucha  Black-crowned Antshrike  SACC 570
134 Variable Pitohui  Pitohui kirhocephalus  Northern Variable Pitohui  Follows splits of Raja Ampat Pitohui and Southern Variable Pitohui
155 Dark-capped Yellow Warbler  Iduna natalensis  African Yellow Warbler  H&M3, HBW
171 Red-tailed Rufous Thrush  Neocossyphus rufus  Red-tailed Ant Thrush  H&M3, HBW, BoWA
171 White-tailed Rufous Thrush  Neocossyphus poensis  White-tailed Ant Thrush  H&M3, HBW, BoWA
201 Sage Sparrow  Artemisiospiza belli  Bell’s Sparrow  NACC 2013-C-3

 

 IOC Version 3.3 (Jan 30, 2013)

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44  Eastern   Curlew  Numenius madagascariensis  Far Eastern Curlew  Aligns IOC with H&M, BLI, HBW, Clements; reduces confusion with the eastern race of Eurasian Curlew
84  Tarictic Hornbill  Penelopides panini  Visayan Hornbill  Revise English name to avoid confusion since all members of the genus have been called “Tarictic” Hornbills; geographical name conforms to other species.
96
 Thrush-like Schiffornis  Schiffornis turdina  Brown-winged Schiffornis  New name applied to nominate following splits of Thrush-like Schiffornis, SACC 543, 543b
121  Yodeling Honeyeater  Gymnomyza viridis  Giant Honeyeater  Revise unpopular suggested English name to align with generally accepted name pending future splits
168  Brown-throated Treecreeper  Certhia discolor  Sikkim Treecreeper  Follows previous split of Hume’s Treecreeper C. manipurensis; reserve Brown-throated Treecreeper for species complex (Rasmussen and Anderton 2012)
168  Spotted Creeper  Salpornis spilonotus  Indian Spotted Creeper  Follows split of African Spotted Creeper

 

IOC Version 3.2 (Oct 15, 2012)

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35  Grey Hawk Buteo nitidus Grey-lined Hawk Follows transfer of ‘Grey Hawk’ to B.plagiatus NACC-2011-A-4, SACC 523
47  Xantus’s Murrelet Synthliboramphus hypoleucus
Guadalupe Murrelet Follows split of Scripps’s Murrelet NACC 2011-C-14b
67  Philippine Hawk-Owl Ninox philippensis Luzon Hawk-Owl Follows splits of Rasmussen et al 2012
134  Blue Fantail Rhipidura superciliaris Mindanao Blue Fantail Follows split of Visayan Blue Fantail
134  Pied Fantail Rhipidura javanica Malaysian Pied Fantail Follows split of Philippine Pied Wagtail
140  Blue-capped Ifrita Ifrita kowaldi Blue-capped Ifrit I’ve been told that Ifrita is a Latinized word for Ifrit.  According to Wikipedia, these ifrits “are supernatural creatures in Arabic or Islamic culture” etc (T.Pratt)
165  Grey-hooded Ibon Lophozosterops pinaiae Grey-hooded White-eye Replace controversial Tagalog name “Ibon” (=bird) with established, phylogenetically appropriate “White-eye”
165  Mindanao Ibon Lophozosterops goodfellowi Mindanao White-eye Replace controversial Tagalog name “Ibon” (=bird) with established, phylogenetically appropriate “White-eye”
165  Streak-headed Ibon Lophozosterops squamiceps Streak-headed White-eye Replace controversial Tagalog name “Ibon” (=bird) with established, phylogenetically appropriate “White-eye”
165  Grey-throated Ibon Lophozosterops javanicus Mees’s White-eye Replace controversial Tagalog name “Ibon” (=bird) with established, phylogenetically appropriate “White-eye”. Change to unique English name ( “Mees’s White-eye” ?) to honor Gerlof Mees’s landmark work on the Indo-Austrailia white-eyes and to avoid conflict with the English name of Zosterops ugiensis
165  Cream-browed Ibon Lophozosterops superciliaris Cream-browed White-eye Replace controversial Tagalog name “Ibon” (=bird) with established, phylogenetically appropriate “White-eye”
165  Crested Ibon Lophozosterops dohertyi Crested White-eye Replace controversial Tagalog name “Ibon” (=bird) with established phylogenetically appropriate “White-eye”
165  Pygmy Ibon Oculocincta squamifrons Pygmy White-eye Replace controversial Tagalog name “Ibon” (=bird) with established phylogenetically appropriate “White-eye”
170  White-vented Myna Acridotheres javanicus Javan Myna Change to Javan Myna is a step toward reducing conflicts among the English names of mynas.Still debated is the continued use of “White-vented Myna” for A. grandis  (Rasmussen & Anderton, Robson, King, P. Round, F. Lambert), rather than “Great Myna” (HBW/IBC, H&M3, IOC, Wells 2007, Clements 6.6). Clements 6.6 notes that “The use of the name White-vented Myna has been quite confused within this complex: it variously has been applied to an expanded species including javanicus, grandis, and cinereus; to only grandis  to only cinereus; and to only javanicus. To avoid further confusion, we … do not use the name “White-vented Myna” for any species.” Frank Rheindt  agrees (pers. comm.)
202  Grey-striped Brush Finch  Arremon costaricensis  Costa Rican Brush Finch  AOU-NACC 2012 (53rd Supplement)

ENGLISH NAME UPDATES -  IOC Version 3.1 (April 30, 2012)

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69  Greater Antillean Nightjar Antrostomus cubanensis Cuban Nightjar Follows split of Hispaniolan Nightjar
149  Red-fronted Apalis Urorhipis rufifrons Red-fronted Warbler Follows removal from Apalis; review needed
161  Silver-eared Leiothrix Leiothrix argentauris Silver-eared Mesia Restore established English name, despite genus Leiothrix
163  Belted White-eye Zosterops vellalavella Vella Lavella White-eye Follow Dutson’s choice in Birds of Melanesia (2012)
206  Capped Seedeater Sporophila bouvreuil Copper Seedeater Machado & Silveira 2011, SACC 502, 517
211  Grosbeaks, Saltators & Allies Cardinalidae Cardinals, Grosbeaks & Allies vs Cardinal-Grosbeaks (SACC), Cardinals & Allies (NACC)

 

 

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