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(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 7.1 (Draft)

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IOC Version 6.4 (Oct 22, 2016)

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150 Streak-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus blanfordi Irrawaddy Bulbul Follows split of P. conradi
 211 Rufous-bellied Saltator Pseudosaltator (Saltator) rufiventris Rufous-bellied Mountain Tanager Saltator rufiventris is  related to mountain tanagers in the genus  Dubusia rather than to species of Saltator. English name change to reflect new relationship. (Klicka et al. 2007, SACC 427)

IOC Version 6.3 (July 20, 2016)

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17 Snow Mountains Quail Anurophasis monorthonyx Snow Mountain Quail Beehler & Pratt 2016
22 Auckland Merganser Mergus australis New Zealand Merganser Although limited to Auckland Island in historical times, fossil record shows that this species was also formerly present on North, South and Stewart Islands.  Gill et al 2010.
 38 White-bellied Wood Rail Aramides albiventer Rufous-naped Wood Rail Accept English name recommendation by Marcondes & Silveira 2015, NACC 2016-A-6
47 Pomarine Skua Stercorarius pomarinus Pomarine Jaeger Restore  American name; genetic relation to Catharacta skuas uncertain.
74 Green Violetear Colibri thalassinus Mexican Violetear Follows split of Lesser Violetear
83 Blue-crowned Motmot Momotus coeruliceps Blue-capped Motmot Change English name from Blue-crowned Motmot to Blue-capped Motmot to follow NACC-A-11.
83 Blue-diademed Motmot Momotus lessonii Lesson’s Motmot Change English name from Blue-diademed Motmot to Lesson’s Motmot to follow NACC-A-11.
94 Stephens Island Wren Traversia (Xenicus) lyalli Lyall’s Wren Traditionally called Stephens Island Wren for the relict population formerly on that island, but the species was widely distributed on North and South Islands as is known from Holocene fossils. Gill et al, 2010.
94 Red-bellied Pitta Erythropitta erythrogaster Philippine Pitta Follows revision of the Red-bellied Pitta species complex
166 Plain Wren Cantorchilus modestus Cabanis’s Wren Follows split of Canebrake Wren and Isthmian Wren  (NACC 2016-C-14)
 171 Plain-backed Thrush  Zoothera mollissima Alpine Thrush Follows split of  Sichuan Thrush.
 191 Blue Chaffinch Fringilla teydea Tenerife Blue Chaffinch Follows split of Gran Canaria Blue Chaffinch

IOC Version 6.2 (Apr 20, 2016)

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42 Diademed Plover Phegornis mitchellii Diademed Sandpiper-Plover Accept consensus English name for this charismatic and unique bird
49 Slender-billed Cuckoo-Dove Macropygia amboinensis Amboyna Cuckoo-Dove Change English name of M. amboinensis from Slender-billed Cuckoo-Dove to Amboya Cuckoo-Dove with split of Sultan’s Cuckoo-Dove M. doreya (Ng et al. 2016)
49 Bar-necked Cuckoo Dove Macropygia magna Timor Cuckoo-Dove Follows splits of Tanimbar Cuckoo-Dove and Flores Sea Cucko0-Dove
50 White-faced Dove Turacoena manadensis White-faced Cuckoo-Dove Accept consensus English name
50 Black Dove Turacoena modesta Black Cuckoo-Dove Accept consensus English name
92 Striolated Puffbird Nystalus striolatus Eastern Striolated Puffbird  Provisional name following split of “Western” Striolated Puffbird.  SACC?
105 Western Sirystes Sirystes albogriseus Choco Sirystes SACC 610, NACC 2016-A-12
119 Spotted Catbird Ailuroedus melanotis Black-eared Catbird Follows split of  Spotted Catbird Amaculosus from Amelanotis. The species maculosus has been known in Australia as the Spotted Catbird for over a century.  And melanotis similarly has been known as the Black-eared Catbird forever (R. Schodde).
164 Grey-brown White-eye Zosterops cinerea Kosrae White-eye Follows split of Z. ponapensis including transfer of its appropriate and traditional English name

IOC Version 6.1 (Jan 25, 2016)

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23 Great Northern Loon Gavia immer Common Loon Revert to established (North American) name given failed traction of novel compromise name
35 Crowned Solitary Eagle Buteogallus coronatus Chaco Eagle SACC 681. Solves alignment problem.
35 Montane Solitary Eagle Buteogallus solitarius Solitary Eagle Follows change of Crowned Solitary Eagle to Chaco Eagle.
43 Andean Snipe Gallinago jamesoni Jameson’s Snipe SACC 683
113 Scaly-throated Earthcreeper Upucerthia dumetaria Scale-throated Earthcreeper Correct spelling to follow Ridgely & Tudor 1993, SACC)
119 Macgregor’s Bowerbird Amblyornis macgregoriae  MacGregor’s Bowerbird Letters to De Vis confirm that the English name should be “MacGregor’s” with capital “G” contra previous change (A Knox, B. Beehler Oct 2015).
123 Macgregor’s Honeyeater Macgregoria pulchra  MacGregor’s Honeyeater As above
166 Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis Grass Wren Change English name of C. platensis to Grass Wren with split of North American Sedge Wren Cstellaris, 
168 Hood Mockingbird Mimus macdonaldi Espanola Mockingbird Align to use of Spanish names of Galápagos Is.
202 Brush Finch Arremon & Atlapetes spp [40] Brushfinch Align to Ridgely & Tudor 2009, SACC 653; see IOC spelling rules for compound names

IOC Version 5.4 (Oct 24, 2015)

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29 Rough-faced Shag Leucocarbo carunculatus New Zealand King Shag Use established name (Gill et al. 2010)
29 Bronze Shag Leucocarbo chalconotus Stewart Shag Use established name (Gill et al. 2010)
56 Paradise Parakeet Psephotellus pulcherrimus Paradise Parrot Correct English name
66 Hume’s Owl Strix butleri Omani Owl Follows remarkable sorting out of  Strix butleri and S. hadorami sp nov. (Kirwan et al. 2015, Robb et al. 2015)
82 Tuamoto Kingfisher Todiramphus gambieri Mangareva Kingfisher Follows split of Niau Kingfisher
82 Micronesian Kingfisher Todiramphus cinnamominus Guam Kingfisher Follows splits of Rusty-capped Kingfisher and Pohnpei Kingfisher
82 Variable Dwarf Kingfisher Ceyx lepidus Moluccan Dwarf Kingfisher Follows splits of this species complex
82 Silvery Kingfisher Ceyx argentatus Southern Silvery Kingfisher Follows split of Northern Silvery Kingfisher
136 Asian Paradise Flycatcher Terpsiphone paradisi Indian Paradise Flycatcher Follows splits of this species complex
141 New Zealand Robin Petroica australis South Island Robin Follows split of North Island Robin

IOC Version 5.3 (July 22, 2015)

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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
134 Pygmy Drongo Chaetorhynchus papuensis Drongo Fantail Beehler & Pratt MS, Gregory MS
148 Chinese Hill Warbler Rhopophilus pekinensis Beijing Babbler  Leader et al 2013
195 Akialoa Akialoa ellisiana Oahu Akialoa NACC 2015-B-4b
195 Nukupuu Hemignathus lucidus Oahu Nukupuu NACC 2015-B-4a
195 Akepa Loxops coccineus Hawai Akepa NACC 2015-B-4a

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 ‘Polynesian’ Wattled Honeyeater Follows split of Lesser Wattled Honeyeater (Pratt, Watling); Polynesian favored over initially proposed ‘Greater’
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)

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