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IOC Version 6.2 (Apr 20, 2016)

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49 Sultan’s Cuckoo-Dove Macropygia doreya ADD AS [Amboyna] Slender-billed Cuckoo-Dove M. amboinensis Includes albicapilla, albiceps, atrata, sanghirensis, sedecima, balim (Ng et al. 2016). “Sultan’s” is proposed as a fitting name with a historic connection for a range of new splits from the northern Moluccan archipelago, which has historically been known best as the seat of the powerful Sultanate of Ternate (to the present day) (Eaton & Rheindt).
49 Enggano Cuckoo-Dove Macropygia cinnamomea  ADD AS Ruddy Cuckoo-Dove M. emiliana Monotypic (Ng et al. 2016)
49 Barusan Cuckoo-Dove Macropygia modiglianii ADD AS Ruddy Cuckoo-Dove M. emiliana Includes elassa, hypopercna (Ng et al. 2016).  An endemic species restricted to the West Sumatran island chain, once called the Barusan Island chain.
49 Tanimbar Cuckoo-Dove Macropygia timorlaoensis ADD AS [Timor] Bar-necked Cuckoo-Dove M. magna Monotypic (Ng et al. 2016)
49 Flores Sea Cuckoo-Dove Macropygia macassariensis ADD AS [Timor] Bar-necked Cuckoo-Dove M. magna Includes longa (Ng et al. 2016)
49 Sula Cuckoo-Dove Turacoena sulaensis ADD AS White-faced [Cuckoo-] Dove  T. manadensis Ng & Rheindt 2016
 52 Purple-capped Fruit Dove Ptilinopus ponapensis ADD AS Crimson-crowned Fruit Dove Pporphyraceus Cibois et al. 2014, Hayes et al. 2016
 52 Kosrae Fruit Dove Ptilinopus hernsheimi ADD AS Crimson-crowned Fruit Dove Pporphyraceus Hayes et al. 2016
86 Turquoise-throated Barbet Psilopogon chersonesus ADD AS Blue-throated Barbet P. asiaticus Sister to Black-browed Barbet P. oorti (den Tex and Leonard 2013)
86 Necklaced Barbet Psilopogon auricularis ADD AS Golden-throated Barbet P. franklinii den Tex and Leonard 2013. See HBW Alive for plumage diagnosis
 98 Coopmans’s Elaenia Elaenia brachyptera ADD AS Lesser Elaenia E. chiriquensis Rheindt et al 2015; SACC 686
119 Tan-capped Catbird Ailuroedus geislerorum ADD AS White-eared Catbird A. buccoides Includes molestus (Irestedt et al. 2015); English name provisional
119 Ochre-breasted Catbird Ailuroedus stonii ADD AS White-eared Catbird A. buccoides Includes cinnamomea (Irestedt et al. 2015); English name provisional
119 Spotted Catbird Ailuroedus maculosus ADD AS [Black-eared] Spotted Catbird A. melanotis Irestedt et al. 2015
119 Black-capped Catbird Ailuroedus melanocephalus ADD AS [Black-eared] Spotted Catbird A. melanotis Irestedt et al. 2015
119 Huon Catbird Ailuroedus astigmaticus ADD AS [Black-eared] Spotted Catbird A. melanotis Irestedt et al. 2015
119 Arfak Catbird Ailuroedus arfakianus ADD AS [Black-eared] Spotted Catbird A. melanotis Includes misoliensis (Irestedt et al. 2015)
119 Northern Catbird Ailuroedus jobiensis ADD AS [Black-eared] Spotted Catbird A. melanotis Irestedt et al. 2015; includes guttaticollis.
 131 Temotu Whistler Pachycephala vanikorensis ADD AS  Fiji Whistler P. vitiensis Andersen et al. 2014, Jønsson et al. 2014.  Includes ornata and  utupae [from Fiji Whistler], and vanikorensis [from Melanesian Whistler  Pachycephala chlorura]. Temotu is the local name of the [Santa Cruz] islands and the current and official name of that province in the Solomon Islands
164 Grey-brown White-eye Zosterops ponapensis  ADD AS Kosrae [Grey-brown] White-eye Z. cinereus Hayes et al. 2016;  English name Grey-brown White-eye appropriate to and established for ponapensis. Rename Z. cinereus ‘Kosrae White-eye’ (D. Pratt)
164 Dark-eyed White-eye Zosterops tetiparius ADD AS Solomons White-eye  Z. kulambangrae Includes paradoxus (Moyle et al. 2009, H&M4, but also see H&M4: 644, Mees 1955 re use of rendovae)
164 Forest White-eye Zosterops stenocricotus  ADD AS Fernando Po Speirops  Z. brunneus Vocally distinct ; not a member of the  senegalensis cryptic species complex. Sister to Zosterops (Speirops) brunneus (Fry et al. 2000, Cox 2013, Cox et al. 2014).

IOC Version 6.1 (Jan 25, 2016)

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69 Tschudi’s Nightjar Systellura decussata ADD AS Band-winged Nightjar S. longirostris Cleere 2010, SACC 677A; English name provisional. Generic revision to follow.
92 Western Striolated Puffbird Nystalus obamai ADD NEW [Eastern] Striolated Puffbird Whitney et al. 2013e, SACC 617, 679; English names provisional.
107 Roosevelt Stipple-throated Antwren Epinecrophylla dentei DEL AL Treat as a subspecies of  Epinecrophylla amazonica. Described as a species (Whitney et al. 2013e), but treated as a subspecies of E. amazonica ( SACC 589B).
166 Sedge Wren Cistothorus stellaris ADD AS, SEQ After Fulvous Wren and before Merida Wren Sedge Wren Cistothorus stellaris is split from Grass Wrens (C. platensis) of Middle and South America
179 Bundok Flycatcher Ficedula luzoniensis ADD AS After Russet-tailed Flycatcher (F. crypta) Bundok Flycatcher is split from Snowy-browed Flycatcher F. hyperythra (Moyle et al. 2015). Includes [Philippine] subspecies calayensis, luzoniensis,[mindorensis], rara,  nigrorum, malindangensis, daggayana, montigena, and matutumensis
202 Merida Brushfinch Atlapetes meridae  ADD  AS Moustached Brushfinch A. albofrenatus Merida Brushfinch is split from Moustached Brushfinch (Donegan et al. 2014)

IOC Version 5.4 (Oct 24, 2015)

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18 Taiwan Bamboo Partridge Bambusicola sonorivox ADD  AS Chinese Bamboo Partridge B. thoracica Collar 2004, Hung et al. 2014, HBW Alive, Clements et al. 2015
24 Subantarctic Shearwater Puffinus elegans ADD AS Little Shearwater P. assimilis Onley & Scofield 2007, Gill et al. 2010.
66 Desert Owl Strix hadorami ADD AS Omani [Hume’s] Owl S. butleri Kirwan et al. 2015, Robb et al. 2015
82 Niau Kingfisher Todiramphus gertrudae ADD AS Mangareva [Tuamotu] Kingfisher Andersen et al. 2015, Clements et al. 2015
82 Rusty-capped Kingfisher Todiramphus pelewensis ADD AS Guam [Micronesian] Kingfisher T. cinnamominus Andersen et al 2015, Clements et al. 2015; ‘Rusty-capped’ Kingfisher is the recommended English name, not Palau Kingfisher (Pratt, comm)
82 Pohnpei Kingfisher Todiramphus reichenbachii ADD AS Rusty-capped Kingfisher T. pelewensis Andersen et al 2015, Clements et al. 2015
82 Pacific Kingfisher Todiramphus sacer ADD AS Collared Kingfisher T. chloris Andersen et al. 2015, Clements et al. 2015; additional proposed splits include Fiji (vitiensis), Tonga (sacer), Peale’s (pealei)(Pratt & Mittermeier in press, Pratt in press)
82 Islet Kingfisher Todiramphus colonus ADD AS ‘Pacific’ Kingfishser T. sacer Andersen et al. 2015, Clements et al. 2015
82 Torresian Kingfisher Todiramphus sordidus ADD AS Islet Kingfisher T. colonus Andersen et al. 2015, Clements et al. 2015
82 Mariana Kingfisher Todiramphus albicilla ADD AS Torresian Kingfisher T. sordidus Andersen et al. 2015, Clements et al. 2015
82 Melanesian Kingfisher Todiramphus tristrami ADD AS Mariana Kingfisher T. albicilla Andersen et al. 2015, Clements et al. 2015
82 Dimorphic Dwarf Kingfisher Ceyx margarethae  ADD AS Moluccan [Variable] Dwarf Kingfisher C. lepidus Andersen et al. 2015, Clements et al. 2013
82 Buru Dwarf Kingfisher Ceyx cajeli ADD AS Dimorphic Dwarf Kingfisher C. margarethae Andersen et al. 2015, Clements et al. 2013
82 Sula Dwarf Kingfisher Ceyx wallacii ADD AS Buru Dwarf Kingfisher C. cajeli Andersen et al. 2015, Clements et al. 2013
82 Papuan Dwarf Kingfisher Ceyx solitarius ADD AS Sula Dwarf Kingfisher C. wallacii Andersen et al. 2015, Clements et al. 2013
82 Manus Dwarf Kingfisher Ceyx dispar ADD AS Papuan Dwarf Kingfisher C. solitarius Andersen et al. 2015, Clements et al. 2013
82 New Ireland Dwarf Kingfisher Ceyx mulcatus ADD AS Manus Dwarf Kingfisher C. dispar Andersen et al. 2015, Clements et al. 2013
82 New Britain Dwarf Kingfisher Ceyx sacerdotis ADD AS New Ireland Dwarf Kingfisher C. mulcatus Andersen et al. 2015, Clements et al. 2013
82 North Solomons Dwarf Kingfisher Ceyx meeki ADD AS New Britain Dwarf Kingfisher C. sacerdotis  Andersen et al. 2015, Clements et al. 2013; includes pallidus
82 New Georgia Dwarf Kingfisher Ceyx collectoris ADD AS North Solomons Dwarf Kingfisher C. meeki  Andersen et al. 2015, Clements et al. 2013
82 Malaita Dwarf Kingfisher Ceyx malaitae ADD AS New Georgia Dwarf Kingfisher C. colletoris Andersen et al. 2015, Clements et al. 2013
82 Guadalcanal Dwarf Kingfisher Ceyx nigromaxilla ADD AS Malaita Dwarf Kingfisher C. malaitae Andersen et al. 2015, Clements et al. 2013
82 Makira Dwarf Kingfisher Ceyx gentianus ADD AS Guadalcanal Dwarf Kingfisher C. nigromaxilla  Andersen et al. 2015, Clements et al. 2013
82 Northern Silvery Kingfisher Ceyx flumenicola ADD AS [Southern] Silvery Kingfisher C. argentatus Collar 2011b, Andersen et al. 2013, Clements et al. 2015
108 Roosevelt Stipple-throated Antwren Epinecrophylla dentei ADD AS Madeira Stipple-throated Antwren E. amazonica Whitney et al. 2013e; SACC 589B
111 Perija Tapaculo Scytalopus perijanus ADD NEW Brown-rumped Tapaculo S. latebricola Donegan and Avendano 2008, Avendaño et al. 2015, SACC 670
117 Cryptic Treehunter Cichlocolaptes mazarbarnetti  ADD NEW Pale-browed Treehunter C. leucophrus Mazar Barnett & Buzzetti 2014, Claramunt 2014, Clements et al. 2015; SACC 714 raises doubts. Revisit?

SA : ne Brazil (Alagoas, Pernambuco)

136 Amur Paradise Flycatcher Terpsiphone incei ADD AS Indian [Asian] Paradise Flycatcher T. paradisi Fabre et al. 2012, Andersen et al. 2015, H&M4, Clements et al. 2015
136 ‘Blyth’s/Oriental’ Paradise Flycatcher T. affinis ADD AS Indian [Asian] Paradise Flycatcher T. paradisi Fabre et al. 2012, Andersen et al. 2015, H&M4, Clements et al. 2015; English name under discussion
141 Papuan Scrub Robin Drymodes beccarii ADD AS Northern Scrub Robin D. superciliaris Christidis et al. 2011, Pratt and Beehler 2015, Clements et al. 2015.
141 North Island Robin Petroica longipes ADD AS Tomtit P. macrocephala North Island Robin is split from South Island [New Zealand] Robin P. australis (Gill et al. 2010, H&M4).
141 Norfolk Robin Petroica multicolor ADD AS Pacific Robin P. [multicolor] pusilla Kearns et al. 2015
153 Highland Rush Warbler Bradypterus centralis ADD AS Little Rush Warbler B. baboecala Alström et al. 2011, Dowsett & Dowsett-Lemaire 2015, H&M4; ssp centralis and elgonensis

IOC Version 5.3 (July 22, 2015)

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 24 Rapa Shearwater Puffinus myrtae ADD AS Newell’s Shearwater  P. newelli Howell 2012, Martinez et al. 2015, NACC 2015-A-11b
 38 ‘White-bellied’ Wood Rail Aramides albiventris ADD AS Grey-necked Wood Rail A. cajaneus Marcondes & Silveira 2015; English name?
 39 Grey-headed Swamphen Porphyrio poliocephalus ADD AS African Swamphen P. madagascariensis Grey-headed Swamphen is split from Western [Purple] Swamphen P. porphyrio (Sangster 1998, Garcia-R & Trewick 2015).
 39 Black-backed Swamphen Porphyrio indicus ADD  AS Grey-headed Swamphen P. poliocephalus Black-backed Swamphen is split from Western [Purple] Swamphen P. porphyrio (Sangster   1998, Garcia-R & Trewick 2015).
 39 Philippine Swamphen Porphyrio pulverulentus ADD  AS Black-backed Swamphen P. indicus Philippine Swamphen is split from Western [Purple] Swamphen P. porphyrio (Sangster  1998,  Garcia-R & Trewick 2015).
 39 Australasian Swamphen Porphyrio melanotus ADD  AS Philippine Swamphen P. pulverulentus Australasian Swamphen is split from Western [Purple] Swamphen P. porphyrio (Sangster 1998, Garcia-R & Trewick 2015).
 46 Red-billed Gull Chroicocephalus  scopulinus  DEL AL Ssp of Silver Gull C. novaehollandiae  Originally split by Schodde et al 1983, Sibley & Monroe 1990, Burger & Gochfeld 1996, and Given et al 2005, but now lumped by H&M4, HBW Alive, Gill et al 2010
59 Turquoise-winged Parrotlet  Forpus spengeli ADD AS  Green-rumped Parrotlet  F. passerinus Taxonomic status uncertain. H&M4 treat as ssp of Green-rumped Parrotlet instead of  Blue-winged Parrotlet based on mtDNA only (Smith et al 2013).  Turquoise-winged Parrotlet of HBW Alive resurrects original split of species. Treating it as such places the burden of proof of gene flow (with one or the other sisters) on  lumping (Bocalini & Silveira 2015). SACC needs proposal.
59 Large-billed Parrotlet  Forpus crassirostris ADD AS  Blue-winged Parrotlet F. xanthopterygius Smith et al 2013. English name from Hellmayr & Conover.  SACC needs proposal
77 Admirable Hummingbird Eugenes spectabilis ADD AS Rivoli’s [Magnificent] Hummingbird E. fulgens E. spectabilis was previously split from Efulgens (Ridgway 1911, Cory 1918, see also AOU 1983, Stiles & Skutch 1989, Powers 1999). Genetic studies reinforce this split (Zamudio-Beltrán & Hernández-Baños 2015).
79 Inagua Woodstar Calliphlox lyrura ADD AS Bahama Woodstar C. evelynae Feo et al. 2015, NACC 2015-B-8
127 Four-colored Bushshrike Telophorus quadricolor DEL AL Gorgeous Bushshrike T. viridis Original split followed Sibley & Monroe 1990, but see  Dowsett & Dowsett‐Lemaire 1993, H&M4, HBW Alive
148 Tarim Babbler Rhopophilus albosuperciliaris  ADD AS Beijing Babbler [Chinese Hill Warbler] R. pekinensis Leader et al 2013
154 Sichuan Bush Warbler Locustella chengi ADD NEW Taiwan Bush Warbler L. alishanensis Alström et al 2015
154 Dalat Bush Warbler Locustella idonea ADD AS Russet Bush Warbler L. mandelli Alström et al 2015
154 Timor Bush Warbler Locustella timorensis DEL AL Javan Bush Warbler L. montis Subspecies of Javan Bush Warbler (Alström et al 2015)
195 Kauai Akialoa  Akialoa stejnegeri ADD AS Oahu [Greater] Akialoa Akialoa ellisiana  NACC 2015-B-4b
195 Maui-nui Akialoa  Akialoa lanaiensis ADD  AS  Oahu [Greater] Akialoa Akialoa ellisiana NACC 2015-B-4b
195 Kauai  Nukupuu  Hemignathus hanapepe  ADD AS  [Oahu] Nukupuu H. lucidus NACC 2015-B-4a
195 Maui Nukupuu  Hemignathus affinis ADD AS  [Oahu] Nukupuu H. lucidus  NACC 2015-B-4a
195 Oahu Akepa  Loxops wolstenholmei  ADD AS  [Hawaii] Akepa L. coccineus  NACC 2015-B-4c
195 Maui Akepa  Loxops ochraceus ADD  AS  [Hawaii] Akepa L. coccineus  NACC 2015-B-4c

IOC Version 5.2 (April 23, 2015)

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13 Forsten’s Megapode Megapodius forsteni DEL AL Dusky Megapode (M. freycinet) Treat as ssp of Dusky Megapode, including buruensis  (Birks & Edwards 2002, Harris et al 2014, HBW Alive)
33 Central Nicobar Serpent Eagle Spilornis [cheela] minimus DEL/CORR AL Crested Serpent Eagle S. cheela Rasmussen & Anderton 2005, 2012. Incorrectly split with S. klossi.
56 Naretha Bluebonnet Northiella narethae ADD AS [Eastern] Bluebonnet Dolman & Joseph 2015
60 Northern Mealy Amazon Amazona guatemalae  ADD AS Kawall ‘s Amazon A. kawalli Northern Mealy Amazon is split from Southern Mealy Amazon (Wenner et al 2012; HBW Alive)
100 Tepui Flycatcher Mionectes roraimae ADD AS McConnell’s Flycatcher Mmacconnelli Hilty & Escanio 2014; SACC proposal badly needed. English name under discussion. Includes mercedesfosterae.
121 Fiji Wattled Honeyeater Foulehaio taviunensis ADD AS [Polynesian] Wattled Honeyeater F. carunculatus Andersen et al 2014, Pratt MS
121 Kikau Foulehaio procerior ADD AS ‘Fiji’ Wattled Honeyeater F. taviunensis  Andersen et al 2014, Pratt MS
121 ‘Giant’ Honeyeater Gymnomyza brunneirostris ADD AS Yellow-billed [Giant] Honeyeater G. viridis Andersen et al 2014, Pratt MS
126 Copperback Quail-thrush Cinclosoma clarum ADD AS

Chestnut [Chestnut-backed] Quail-thrush C. castanotum

Dolman & Joseph 2015
163 Northern Parrotbill Paradoxornis polivanovi DEL AL Reed Parrotbill P. heudi Treat as ssp of Reed Parrotbill (Penhallurick and Robson 2009, HBW, H&M4, Yeung et al 2011)
173 Chinese Blackbird Turdus mandarinus ADD AS Common Blackbird T. merula Rasmussen & Anderton 2005, Collar 2005, Robson 2008, Nylander et al 2008, H&M4; includes sowerbyi, but not intermedius
209 Ecuadorian Seedeater Amaurospiza aequatorialis ADD AS Cabanis’s [Blue] Seedeater A. concolor Bryson et al 2014, SACC needs proposal; English names under discussion
211 Rothschild’s Grosbeak Cyanocompsa rothschildii ADD AS Blue-black Grosbeak C. cyanoides Bryson et al 2014, SACC needs proposal; generic revision pending

IOC Version 5.1 (Jan 15, 2015)

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 59 Cliff Parakeet Myiopsitta luchsi ADD AS Monk Parakeet M. monacha Collar 1997, Russello et al. 2008, SACC 93 & 503 in review
 74 Purple-crowned Plovercrest Stephanoxis loddigesii ADD AS [Green-crowned] Plovercrest S. lalandi Cavarzere et al. 2014, SACC 664; English names under discussion
 76 Tolima Blossomcrown Anthocephala berlepschi ADD AS [Santa Marta] Blossomcrown A. floriceps Lozano-Jaramillo et al. 2014, SACC 654/662
111 Boa Nova Tapaculo Scytalopus gonzagai ADD AS Mouse-colored Tapaculo S. speluncae Mauricio et al. 2014, SACC 643.
131 Louisiade Whistler Pachycephala collaris ADD  AS Oriole Whistler P. orioloides Andersen et al. 2013, Jønsson et al 2014; includes ssp rosseliana
131 Western Whistler Pachycephala occidentalis ADD AS Australian Golden Whistler P. pectoralis Joseph et al 2014
142 Owston’s Tit Sittiparus owstoni ADD AS Varied Tit S. varius McKay et al. 2014
142 Iriomote Tit Sittiparus olivaceus ADD AS Owston’s Tit S. owstoni McKay et al.. 2014
142 Chestnut-bellied Tit Sittiparus castaneoventris  ADD AS Iriomote Tit S. olivaceus McKay et al.. 2014
178 Sulawesi Streaked Flycatcher Muscicapa sodhii ADD NEW Asian Brown Flycatcher M. dauurica Harris et al. 2014
201 Sooty Fox Sparrow Passerella unalaschcensis ADD AS Red Fox Sparrow P. iliaca Zink 1994, Zink & Kessen 1999, Weckstein et al. 2002, Zink & Weckstein 2003, HBW 16
201 Slate-colored Fox Sparrow Passerella schistacea ADD AS Sooty Fox Sparrow P. unalaschcensis Zink 1994, Zink & Kessen 1999, Weckstein et al 2002, Zink & Weckstein 2003, HBW 16.
201 Thick-billed Fox Sparrow Passerella megarhyncha ADD AS Slate-colored Fox Sparrow P. schistacea Zink 1994, Zink & Kessen 1999, Weckstein et al. 2002, Zink & Weckstein 2003, HBW 16
203 Black-fronted Brush Finch Atlapetes nigrifrons  ADD  AS Yellow-breasted [Rufous-naped] Brush Finch A. latinuchus Donegan & Huertas 2006, Donegan et al. 2014

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