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Subspecies Updates

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Solitary Tinamou Tinamus solitarius Delete pernambucensis. Make monotypic. DEL pernambucensis is synonymous with the nominate. Raposo do Amaral & Silveira, 2004.
Quebracho Crested Tinamou Eudromia formosa Add subspecies mira. Add nominate subspecies. ADD Davies, 2002.
Dwarf Cassowary Casuarius bennetti Add papuanus as a subspecies. ADD Given full specific rank in Davies, 2002.
Emu Dromaius novaehollandiae Delete rothschildi. DEL Doubtfully valid. Davies, 2002; Marchant & Higgins, 1990a.
Pacific Black Duck Anas superciliosa Delete rogersi. DEL Poorly differentiated from the nominate. Marchant & Higgins, 1990b.
Plain Chachalaca Ortalis vetula Delete intermedia. DEL Included in nominate. Peterson, 2000.
Band-tailed Guan Penelope argyrotis Add subspecies albicauda. ADD Restall et al, 2006.
Black Curassow Crax alector Add subspecies erythrognatha. Add nominate subspecies. ADD Delacour & Amadon, 1973; Restall et al, 2006.
Gambel’s Quail Callipepla gambelii Add subspecies ignoscens and stephensi. ADD Gee et al, 2013.
Northern Bobwhite Colinus virginianus Add subspecies marilandicus and mexicanus. ADD Brennan, 1999; Carroll, 1994.
Montezuma Quail Cyrtonyx montezumae Delete merriami. DEL Known from a single specimen. Doubtful validity. Stromberg, 2002.
Ruffed Grouse Bonasa umbellus Delete affinis. DEL Synonymous with umbelloides. AOU, 1957; Godfrey, 1986.
Western Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus Delete rudolfi. DEL Include in crassirostris. Madge & McGowan, 2002.
Rock Ptarmigan Lagopus muta Add subspecies reinhardi. Delete gabrielsoni, sanfordi and chamberlaini. ADD, DEL Montgomerie & Holder, 2008. Subspecies gabrielsoni included in townsendi. Subspecies sanfordi and chamberlaini included in atkhensis.
Willow Ptarmigan Lagopus lagopus Delete muriei. DEL Include in alexandrae. Hannon et al, 1998.
Snow Partridge Lerwa lerwa Delete major and callipygia. DEL Treat as monotypic. Clinal. Madge & McGowan, 2002; McGowan, 1994.
Shelley’s Francolin Scleroptila shelleyi Delete canidorsalis. DEL Include in nominate. Hockey et al, 2005.
Double-spurred Francolin Pternistis bicalcaratus Delete thornei. DEL Include in nominate. Urban et al, 1986.
Hartlaub’s Spurfowl Pternistis hartlaubi Delete bradfieldi and crypticus. DEL Treat as monotypic. Hockey et al, 2005.
King Quail Excalfactoria chinensis Delete palmeri. DEL Include in nominate. Mees, 2006.
Grey Peacock-Pheasant Polyplectron bicalcaratum Delete bakeri and ghigii. DEL Treat as monotypic. Differences attributed to individual variation. Penhallurick & Walters, 2005.
American White Ibis Eudocimus albus Add subspecies ramobustorum. Add nominate subspecies. ADD, TAX Subspecies name ramobustorum required for the South American form of E. albus when E. ruber is split.
Green Heron Butorides virescens Add subspecies bahamensis. Delete subspecies maculata. ADD, DEL Kushlan & Hancock, 2005; Davis & Kushlan. 1994. Subspecies maculata synonymized with nominate in the Caribbean.
Striated Heron Butorides striata Add subspecies flyensis and steini. Delete subspecies chloriceps. ADD, DEL Kushlan & Hancock, 2005. Schodde et al, 1980.Treat chloriceps as synonymous with javanica following Rasmussen & Anderton, 2012.
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias Add subspecies wardi ADD Dickerman, 2004; Vennesland & Butler. 2011.
Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor Delete occidentalis DEL Merge with ruficollis. Frederick, 2013.
Masked Booby Sula dactylatra Delete bedouti and californica DEL Merge bedouti with personata. Nelson, 2005. Merge californica with personata. Pitman & Jehl, 1998.
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura Add subspecies meridionalis and falklandicus. ADD Kirk & Mossman, 1998; Blake, 1977.
Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture Cathartes burrovianus Add subspecies urubutinga. Add nominate subspecies. ADD Blake, 1977; Houston, 1994 (HBW 2)
Black Baza Aviceda leuphotes Delete subspecies wolfei. DEL Doubtfully distinct from nominate. Based on a single specimen. Thiollay, 1994.
Lappet-faced Vulture Torgos tracheliotos Delete subspecies nubicus. DEL Poorly differentiated from nominate. Ferguson-Lees & Christie, 2001.
Dark Chanting Goshawk Melierax metabates Delete subspecies neumanni. DEL Poorly differentiated from nominate. Ferguson-Lees & Christie, 2001.
Pale Chanting Goshawk Melierax canorus Add subspecies argentior. Add nominate subspecies. ADD Hockey et al, 2005. Contra Ferguson-Lees & Christie, 2001.
African Goshawk Accipiter tachiro Delete subspecies croizati. Move subspecies canescens to Red-chested Goshawk. DEL, CORR Merged with unduliventer.  Ash & Atkins, 2009. Placement of canescens corrects error in original subspecies allocation.
Woodford’s Rail Nesoclopeus woodfordi Add subspecies immaculatus ADD Dutson, 2011.
Clapper Rail Rallus longirostris Add subspecies dillonripleyi. ADD Restall et al, 2006; Hilty, 2003.
Lewin’s Rail Lewinia pectoralis Add subspecies insulsa ADD Taylor, 1996; Taylor 1998.
Eurasian Coot Fulica atra Add subspecies novaeguineae. ADD Taylor, 1996; Taylor, 1998.
Puna Snipe Gallinago andina Add subspecies innotata. Add nominate subspecies ADD Hellmayr & Conover, 1948; Blake, 1977; Jaramillo, 2003.
Temminck’s Courser Cursorius temminckii Add subspecies aridus and ruvanensis.
Add nominate subspecies.
ADD Hockey et al, 2005
Antarctic Tern Sterna vittata Add subspecies sanctipauli. ADD Hockey et al, 2005
Pigeon Guillemot Cepphus columba Add subspecies adiantus and eureka. ADD Ewins, 1993; Nettleship, 1996
Pale-vented Pigeon Patagioenas cayennensis Add subspecies tamboensis. ADD Hellmayr & Conover, 1942. de Schauensee, 1964.
Spotted Dove Spilopelia chinensis Add subspecies ceylonensis. ADD Rasmussen & Anderton, 2012; Gibbs et al, 2001.
Andaman Cuckoo-Dove Macropygia rufipennis Add subspecies andamanica. Add nominate subspecies. ADD Rasmussen & Anderton, 2012.
Common Ground Dove Columbina passerina Add subspecies umbrina. Delete subspecies navassae. ADD, DEL Subspecies navassae merged with insularis. Bowman, 2002.
White-throated Quail-Dove Geotrygon frenata Add subspecies subgrisea. Delete erythropareia. ADD, DEL Ridgely & Greenfield, 2001; Restall et al, 2006. Deleted erythropareia, probably a dark morph of bourcieri.
Bronze Ground Dove Gallicolumba beccarii Add subspecies masculina ADD Mayr & Diamond, 2001; Dutson, 2011
Coppery-tailed Coucal Centropus cupreicaudus Add subspecies songweensis.
Add nominate subspecies.
ADD Payne, 2005
Little Bronze Cuckoo Chrysococcyx minutillus Restore subspecies russatus. ADD Higgins, 1999. Contra Payne, 2005.
Brush Cuckoo Cacomantis variolosus Add subspecies tymbonomus. ADD Fide R. Schodde (in litt). See Mees, 2006 for clarification of the taxonomic confusion. whitei is a junior synonym. Contra Payne 2005.
Eastern Barn Owl Tyto delicatula Add subspecies interposita. ADD Bruce, 1999; Dutson, 2011; König & Weick. 2009.
Ferruginous Pygmy Owl Glaucidium brasilianum Add subspecies intermedium. ADD Proudfoot & Johnson, 2000.
Glossy Swiftlet Collocalia esculenta kalili
Collocalia esculenta heinrothi DEL, TAX Treat kalili Salomonsen, 1983 as a junior synonym of heinrothi Neumann, 1919. Dickinson & Remsen, 2013.
Vaux’s Swift Chaetura vauxi
Add subspecies warneri.
ADD Bull & Collins, 2007.
Alpine Swift Tachymarptis melba Add subspecies dorabtatai ADD Rasmussen & Anderton, 2012
Blue-tailed Emerald Chlorostilbon mellisugus Restore subspecies napensis. ADD Stiles, 1996b. Contra Bündgen, 1999 (HBW 5).
Green-fronted Hummingbird Amazilia viridifrons Add subspecies villadai. Add nominate subspecies  viridifrons ADD Peterson & Navarro, 2000.
Mountain Velvetbreast Lafresnaya lafresnayi Add subspecies orestes. ADD Schuchmann et al, 2003.
Greenish Puffleg Haplophaedia aureliae Add subspecies floccus and galindoi. ADD Schuchmann et al, 2000. Wetmore, 1968.
White-backed Mousebird Colius colius Add subspecies damarensis. Add nominate subspecies. ADD Hockey et al, 2005; de Juana, 2001.
Broad-billed Roller Eurystomus glaucurus Add subspecies aethiopicus. Delete subspecies pulcherrimus. ADD, DEL Fry et al, 1988; Fry, 2001, Hockey et al 2005. Subspecies pulcherrimus merged with suahelicus.
Blue-winged Kookaburra Dacelo leachii Add subspecies cervina. Delete subspecies superflua. ADD, DEL Woodall, 2001. Subspecies superflua merged with intermedia.
African Dwarf Kingfisher Ispidina lecontei Add subspecies ruficeps. Add nominate subspecies. ADD Dickerman, 1993; Woodall, 2001.
Green-and-rufous Kingfisher Chloroceryle inda Add subspecies chocoensis. Add nominate subspecies. ADD Ridgely & Greenfield, 2001; Wetmore, 1968.
Striolated Puffbird Nystalus striolatus Add subspecies obamai. ADD Newly described taxon proposed as a species. Not accepted as such by SACC (617). Treated as a subspecies here. Whitney et al, 2013
Swallow-winged Puffbird Chelidoptera tenebrosa Add subspecies pallida. ADD Rasmussen & Collar, 2002; Restall et al, 2006.
Green-backed Honeybird Prodotiscus zambesiae Add subspecies lathburyi. ADD Mills & Dean, 2007.
Velasquez’s Woodpecker Melanerpes santacruzi Add subspecies veraecrucis. ADD Husak & Maxwell. 1998; Winkler & Christie, 2002.
Cardinal Woodpecker Dendropicos fuscescens natalensis
Dendropicos fuscescens intermedius DEL, TAX Subspecies natalensis is synonymous with intermedius which has page precidence. Short, 1982, Winkler & Christie, 2002, Hockey et al, 2005.
Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus Add subspecies extimus, intermedius, monticola and  leucothorectis. Delete subspecies sitkensis. ADD, DEL Jackson et al, 2002. Merge sitkensis with harrisi.
Crimson-mantled Woodpecker Colaptes rivolii Add subspecies zuliensis. ADD Restall et al, 2006.
Greater Flameback Chrysocolaptes guttacristatus Add subspecies sultaneus. ADD Rasmussen & Anderton, 2012.
Laughing Falcon Herpetotheres cachinnans Add subspecies fulvescens. Delete subspecies chapmani and queribundus. ADD, DEL Ferguson-Lees & Christie, 2001. Merge chapmani and queribundus with nominate.
Crimson Rosella Platycercus elegans Add subspecies filewoodi. ADD Joseph et al, 2008
Timneh Parrot Psittacus timneh Add subspecies princeps. ADD, TAX Melo & O’Ryan, 2007. Genetically distinct and more closely related to timneh than to erithacus with which it has traditionally been placed and is similar in appearance. Principe has two genetic populations, this taxon and erithacus, later colonizers.
Amazonian Barred Woodcreeper Dendrocolaptes certhia Add subspecies retentus and ridgwayi. Delete subspecies polyzonus. ADD, DEL Newly described taxa proposed as species. Not accepted as such by SACC (621). Treated as subspecies here. Subspecies polyzonus merged with juruanus. Batista et al, 2013
Curve-billed Scythebill Campylorhamphus procurvoides Add subspecies glydenstolpei and cardosoi. ADD Newly described taxa proposed as species. Not accepted as such by SACC (623). Treated as subspecies here.
Ihering’s Antwren Myrmotherula iheringi Add subspecies oreni. ADD Newly described taxon proposed as a species. Not accepted as such by SACC (618). Treated as a subspecies here.
Cape White-eye Zosterops virens Delete subspecies caniviridis, atmorii DEL Oatley 2011
Orange River White-eye Zosterops pallidus Delete subspecies pallidus, sundevalli DEL Oatley 2011
Streaky-headed Seedeater Crithagra gularis elgonensis, C. g. montanorum
Move subspecies elgonensis and montanorum to West African Seedeater Crithagra canicapilla. Add nominate subspecies canicapilla. CORR Corrects error in original subspecies allocation. Wolters, 1975.
Three-striped Warbler Basileuterus tristriatus chitrensis Basileuterus tristriatus melanotis TAX Treat chitrensis Griscom, 1927 as a junior synonym of melanotis Lawrence, 1868. Wetmore et al, 1984; Curson, 2010 (HBW 15).

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(Upper) Magdalena Tapaculo Scytalopus rodriguezi. Monotypic Add recently described subspecies Scytalopus rodriguezi yariguiorum NEW Donegan, Avendaño & Lambert, 2013; English names under discussion (SACC 614)
Chinese Hill Warbler Rhopophilus pekinensis leptorhynchus Delete subspecies DEL Synonymized with nominate. Leader, Carey & Holt, 2013. Also HBW 12.
Forest Thrush Turdus lherminieri montserrati Turdus lherminieri dorotheae
TAX T. l. dorotheae (Wolters, 1980) has priority over T. l. montserrati Zuccon, 2011. Kuziemko & Brammer, 2013.
Asian Brown Flycatcher Muscicapa latirostris pooensis
Muscicapa latirostris poonensis CORR Correct spelling.

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Emu Dromaius novaehollandiae ater Dromaius novaehollandiae minor TAX Epithet minor replaces ater which is a nomen novum for Dromaius novaehollandiae. H&M 4:6
Northern Bobwhite Colinus virginianus coyolcos Colinus virginianus coyoleos TAX Correct original spelling. H&M 4:28
Hazel Grouse Tetrastes bonasia griseonotus Tetrastes bonasia griseonota TAX Original spelling. Invariable. H&M 4:45
Western Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus major Tetrao urogallus crassirostris TAX T. u. crassirostris replaces T. u. major. H&M 4:47
Rock Ptarmigan Lagopus muta capta Lagopus muta
macruros
TAX L. m. macruros Schiøler, 1925 replaces  L. m. capta Peters, JL, 1934. H&M 4:46
New Zealand Plover Charadrius obscurus Monotypic Add subspecies Charadrius obscurus aquilonius. Add nominate subspecies C. o. obscurus. ADD Gill, BJ et al, 2010
Cabot’s Tern Thalasseus acuflavidus eurygnatha Thalasseus acuflavidus eurygnathus TAX Gender agreement.
Plumbeous Pigeon Patagioenas plumbea Add subspecies P. p. wallacei ADD Adjust subspecies and ranges of Patagioenas plumbea to follow H&M 4:60
Ruddy Pigeon Patagioenas subvinacea Add subspecies P. s. ruberrima, P. s. anolaimae, and P. s. recondita ADD Adjust subspecies and ranges of Patagioenas subvinacea to follow H&M 4:60
Red-cheeked Parrot Geoffroyus geoffroyi mysoriensis Geoffroyus geoffroyi mysorensis TAX Correct original spelling. H&M 4:372
Amazonian Motmot Momotus momota marcgravinianus Momotus momota marcgravianus TAX Correct original spelling. H&M 4:335
Silvery Kingfisher Ceyx argentatus flumenicolus Ceyx argentatus flumenicola TAX Original spelling. Invariable. H&M 4:338
Oriental Dollarbird Eurystomus orientalis calonyx Eurystomus orientalis cyanicollis
TAX Eurystomus orientalis cyanicollis Vieillot, 1819 has precedence over Eurystomus orientalis calonyx Sharpe, 1890. H&M 4:334
White-fronted Nunbird Monasa morphoeus Add subspecies M. m. rikeri. Delete subspecies M. m. boliviana. ADD, DEL Subspecies boliviana merged with peruana. H&M 4:293, HBW 7, p. 137.
Gilded Barbet Capito auratus bolivianus Capito auratus insperatus TAX C. a. insperatus replaces C. a. bolivianus, the latter of uncertain taxonomic status. H&M 4:322
Eared Pygmy Tyrant Myiornis auricularis Add subspecies M. a. cinereicollis. Add nominate subspecies M. a. auricularis ADD HBW 9, p. 315.
Scaled Antbird Drymophila squamata Add subspecies D. s. stictocorypha. Add nominate subspecies D. s. squamata. ADD HBW 8, p. 621
Spot-backed Antbird Hylophylax naevius Add subspecies H. n. inexpectatus; delete subspecies H.n. consobrina and H.n. obscurus now included in H.n.naevius ADD, DEL HBW 8, p. 667;  Hilty 2003.
Scaled Antpitta Grallaria guatimalensis Add subspecies G. g. sororia ADD HBW 8, p. 715.
Spotted Antpitta Hylopezus macularius Add newly described Hylopezus macularius whittakeri NEW Described as a sp. nov. Carneiro et al, 2012. Treat whittakeri as subspecies of Spottted Antpitta pending further evaluation of the species complex.
Western Woodhaunter Hyloctistes virgatus Add subspecies H. v. cordobae ADD HBW 8, p. 332.
Hair-crested Drongo Dicrurus hottentottus Add subspecies D. h. faberi ADD HBW 14, p. 213
Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler Pomatorhinus ruficollis Add subspecies P. r. styani. Delete subspecies P. r. bhamoensis ADD, DEL Subspecies P. r. bhamoensis synonymized with  P. r. similis. HBW 12, p. 169.
Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans Add newly described Sylvia cantillans iberiae NEW subsp. nov. Svensson, 2013, treat as subspecies of Subalpine Warbler pending revision of species complex.
Common Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos hafizi Luscinia megarhynchos golzii
TAX L. m. golzii Cabanis, 1873 replaces L. m. hafizi Severtsov, 1873. Priority claimed for the latter is only speculative. Dickinson, 2008.
Siberian Stonechat Saxicola maurus variegatus Saxicola maurus hemprichii
TAX S. m. variegatus should not be applied to the population of Siberian Stonechat breeding north of the Caucasus. S. m. hemprichii is the oldest available name for this population. Svensson et al 2012.
Siberian Stonechat Saxicola maurus armenicus Saxicola maurus variegatus
TAX S. m. variegatus is more appropriately applied to the population in eastern Turkey and Transcaucasia than the population north of the Caucasus. S. m. armenicus becomes a junior synonym. Svensson et al 2012.
Collared Gnatwren Microbates collaris Add subspecies M. c. torquatus and M. c. colombianus ADD HBW 11, p. 369.
Collared Sunbird Hedydipna collaris Delete subspecies H. c. patersonae and replace with H. c. zuluensis DEL, TAX H. c. zuluensis (Roberts, 1931) and H. c. patersonae (Irwin, 1960) treated as synonymous. The former has priority. HBW 13, P. 253.
Himalayan Beautiful Rosefinch Carpodacus pulcherrimus Add C. p. argyrophrys, previously assigned to C. davidianus. Recognize nominate subspecies C.p.pulcherrimus ADD, TAX Tietze et al 2013
Pink-rumped [Stresemann's] Rosefinch Carpodacus eos Add ssp waltoni, previously assigned to C. davidianus. Waltoni has priority and becomes correct species name. ADD, TAX Tietze et al 2013
Common Bush Tanager Chlorospingus flavopectus Add newly described Chlorospingus flavopectus olsoni
NEW subsp. nov. Avendaño, Stiles & Cadena, 2013.

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Ornate Tinamou Nothoprocta ornata jimenezi Delete subspecies jimenezi DEL Treated as synonymous with nominate N. o. ornata following H&M 4, HBW 1.
Ornate Tinamou Nothoprocta ornata labradori Delete subspecies labradori DEL Treated as synonymous with nominate N. o. ornata following H&M 4, HBW 1.
Snow Petrel Pagodroma nivea confusa Pagodroma nivea major
TAX H&M 4: 175. P. n. major Schlegel, 1863 replaces P. n. confusa Mathews, 1912
White-faced Storm Petrel Pelagodroma marina eadesi Pelagodroma marina eadesorum TAX H&M 4:172. Subspecies epithet emended to plural genitive form.
Nankeen Night Heron Nycticorax caledonicus hilli Nycticorax caledonicus australasiae TAX H&M 4:186. N. c. australasiae (Vieillot, 1823) replaces N. c. hilli Mathews, 1912.
Yellow-crowned Night Heron Nyctanassa violacea pauper Nyctanassa violacea paupera TAX H&M 4:187. Gender agreement.
Roadside Hawk Rupornis magnirostris ruficaudus Rupornis magnirostris petulans TAX Name petulans van Rossem, 1935 replaced ruficaudus (Sclater, PL, & Salvin, 1869) when both taxa were in Buteo. Name ruficaudus is now permanently invalid under ICZN Art. 59.3. Fide Richard Schodde.
Barred Rail Gallirallus torquatus saturatus Gallirallus torquatus limarius
TAX Subspecies name limarius (Peters, JL, 1934) replaced saturatus (Sclater, PL, 1880) when both taxa were in Rallus. Name saturatus now permanently invalid under ICZN Art. 59.3. H&M 4:154.
Ash-throated Crake Porzana albicollis olivacea Porzana albicollis typhoeca TAX P. a. typhoeca Peters JL, 1932 replaces P. a. olivacea (Vieillot, 1819) which not likely attributable to this form. H&M 4:158, Hellmayr & Conover, 1942.
Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata ruficauda
Zenaida auriculata pentheria
TAX Z. a. pentheria Bonaparte 1855 replaces Z. a. ruficauda Bonaparte 1855 based on Hellmayr & Conover, 1942, H&M 4:63.
Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata rubripes  Zenaida auriculata stenura  TAX Z. a. stenura Bonaparte, 1855 has precedence over Z. a. rubripes Lawrence, 1885 to which this form was formerly assigned. H&M 4: 63, Hellmayr & Conover, 1942.
Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata virgata
Zenaida auriculata chrysauchenia
TAX Z. a. chrysauchenia Reichenbach, 1847 has precedence over Z. a. virgata Bertoni, W, 1901 to which this form was formerly assigned. H&M 4:63. Hellmayr & Conover, 1942.
Bluebonnet Northiella haematogaster haematorrhous Northiella haematogaster haematorrhoa TAX H&M 4:375. Gender agreement.
Pacific Koel Eudynamys orientalis everetti Eudynamys orientalis picatus TAX E. o. picatus Müller, S, 1843 has precedence over E. o. everetti Hartert, 1900 to which this form was formerly assigned. H&M 4:144. HBW 4:550.
Moluccan Masked Owl Tyto sororcula Add newly described Tyto sororcula almae.
NEW Described as new species by Jønsson et al, 2013; treat as subspecies of Moluccan Masked Owl pending revision of species complex.
Tropical Screech Owl Megascops choliba uruguaiensis Megascops choliba uruguaii TAX David et al, 2009
White-throated Screech Owl Megascops albogularis macabrum Megascops albogularis macabrus TAX H&M 4:272. Gender agreement.
Middle American Screech Owl Megascops guatemalae Delete subspecies M.g. tomlini (=hastatus) and M.g. thompsoni (=guatemalae) DEL H&M 4:271
Brown Fish Owl Ketupa zeylonensis leschenaultii Ketupa zeylonensis leschenaulti TAX H&M 4:276. Correct original spelling.
Cuban Pygmy Owl Glaucidium siju turquinensis Glaucidium siju turquinense TAX H&M 4:263. Gender agreement.
Short-tailed Nighthawk Lurocalis semitorquatus nattereri Lurocalis semitorquatus nattererii TAX H&M 4:87. Correct original spelling.
White-tailed Nightjar Hydropsalis cayennensis apertus Hydropsalis cayennensis aperta TAX H&M 4:89. Gender agreement.
Pacific Swift Apus pacificus kurodae Apus pacificus kanoi TAX H&M 4:103. Use of kanoi (Yamashina, 1942) rather than kurodae (Domaniewski, 1933) follows H&M 4 contra Leader (2011). fide IOC RCCAN
Crowned Woodnymph Thalurania colombica fannyi Thalurania colombica fannyae TAX H&M 4:126. Subspecies epithet emended to female genitive form.
Glowing Puffleg Eriocnemis vestita arcosi Eriocnemis vestita arcosae TAX H&M 4:117. Subspecies epithet emended to female genitive form.
Green-tailed Trainbearer Lesbia nuna Add newly described Lesbia nuna aureliae NEW Weller & Schuchmann, 2004, H&M 4:114.
Green-tailed Trainbearer Lesbia nuna eucharis Lesbia nuna huallagae TAX L. n. huallagae replaces L. n. eucharis which is regarded by the authors as a hybrid form. Weller & Schuchmann, 2004, H&M 4:115
Gartered Trogon Trogon caligatus braccatus Trogon caligatus sallaei TAX T. c. sallaei Bonaparte, 1856, formerly of uncertain identity, has precedence over T. c. braccatus (Cabanis & Heine, 1863). H&M 4:281, Browning et al 1991.
Brown Jacamar Brachygalba lugubris naumburgi Brachygalba lugubris naumburgae TAX H&M 4:288. Subspecies epithet emended to female genitive form.
Black-necked Aracari Pteroglossus aracari vergens Griscom & Greenway, 1937 Pteroglossus aracari wiedii Sturm, JHCF & Sturm, JW, 1847
TAX Synonymous with vergens Griscom & Greenway, 1937, but wiedii has priority. H&M 4:326.
Bicol Ground Warbler Robsonius sorsogonensis mesoluzonicus Delete subspecies mesoluzonicus DEL Treated as a junior synonym of nominate Robsonius sorsogonensis. Hosner et al 2013.
Rufous-backed Sibia Heterophasia annectans saturata (morph)
Add Heterophasia annectans davisoni  ADD Formerly treated as a black-backed morph of saturata but geographically discrete.  HBW 12, p. 274. Robson, 1988.
Beautiful Sibia Monotypic Heterophasia pulchella Add Heterophasia pulchella nigroaurita. Add nominate ssp pulchella with recognition of nigroaurita.  ADD H. pulchella formerly treated as monotypic, but nigroaurita is morphologically distinct and geographically discrete.  HBW 12, p. 273. Rasmussen & Anderton, 2012.
Moluccan Masked Owl Tyto sorocula Add Tyto sorocula almae  ADD Described as new species Seram Masked Owl by Jønsson et al 2013; treat as subspecies of Moluccan Masked Owl pending revision of species complex
Flaming Sunbird Aethopyga flagrans decolor Delete subspecies decolor DEL Synonymized with nominate subspecies, A. f. flagrans. Subspecies decolor is weakly differentiated and may not even be separable. Cheke & Mann 2001, 2008. Hosner et al 2013.
Flaming Sunbird Aethopyga flagrans daphoenonota Aethopyga
guimarasensis
daphoenonota
PHY, TAX Move to recently split Maroon-naped Sunbird,  A. guimarasensis. Continue to recognize as subspecies based on allopatry and plumage differences from nominate  guimarasensis.

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Orange River Francolin Scleroptila levaillantoides levaillantoides Scleroptila gutturalis levalliantoides TAX Change frequently used spelling levaillantoides to original spelling levalliantoides. Zoonomen, H&M 4. See Taxonomy updates for change in species epithet.
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis Delete ssp. B. j. kriderii regarded as a white morph of B. j. borealis. Delete B. j. socorroensis included in B. j. calurus. Delete B. j. solitudinis included in B. j. umbrinus. DEL Preston & Beane, 2009. BNA On-line.
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus fruitii Falco peregrinus furuitii CORR Correct original spelling fruitii to proper eponymic furuitii under ICZN code Article 32.5.1.
Sooty Barbthroat Monotypic. Threnetes niger. Move ssp loehkeni to Sooty Barbthroat from Pale-tailed Barbthroat. Add nominate ssp niger with allocation of ssp loehkeni to this species. ADD ssp loehkeni moved to T. niger from T. leucurus following SACC 77.
White-throated Toucanet Monotypic. Aulacorhynchus albivitta Move ssp phaeolaemus to White-throated Toucanet from Grey-throated Toucanet. Add nominate ssp albivitta with allocation of sspphaeolaemus to this species. Grey-throated Toucanet, A. griseigularis becomes monotypic. CORR ssp phaeolaemus moved to Aulacorhynchus albivitta from A. griseigularis. Navarro et al. 2001.
Long-tailed Cinclodes Monotypic. Cinclodes pabsti Add newly described ssp espinhacensis. Add nominate ssp pabsti with addition of espinhacensis to this species. NEW Freitas et al, 2012. SACC 548.
Cinereous Antshrike Thamnomanes caesius intermedius Move ssp intermedius
to Bluish-slate Antshrike T. schistogynus
CORR Corrects error in original subspecies allocation.
Mountain Fulvetta Alcippe peracensis eremita
Move ssp eremita to Black-browed Fulvetta P. grotei. CORR Corrects error in original subspecies allocation.
Black-browed Fulvetta Monotypic. Alcippe grotei. Add nominate subspecies grotei with allocation of ssp eremita to this species. ADD
Thrush-like Wren Campylorhynchus turdinus aenigmaticus Delete ssp. aenigmaticus DEL Proposed ssp aenigmaticus treated as a likely hybrid form following HBW 10 and Ridgely & Tudor.
Blue-and-white Flycatcher Cyanoptila cyanomelana
Split ssp intermedia (Weigold, 1922) from cumatilis AS ssp cumatilis regarded as a c China breeding endemic. Leader & Carey, 2012.
Vitelline Masked Weaver Ploceus vitellinus peixotoi Move ssp peixotoi to Southern Masked Weaver P. velatus.
CORR N. Borrow (comm). Corrects error in original subspecies allocation.

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Grey Teal  Monotypic. Anas gracilis Add Anas g. remissa Add nominate subspecies Anas g. gracilis with recognition of Anas g. remissa. ADD Hume & Walters 2012, Dutson 2011
Wilson’s Storm Petrel  Oceanites oceanicus Add O.o. chilensis 
ADD Jaramillo 2009, Palma et al 2012. Formerly synonymized with the nominate, now increasingly recognized as a valid taxon
African Darter  Anhinga rufa Add Anhinga r. chantrei ADD Schodde, Kirwan & Porter 2012
Australasian Darter  Monotypic. Anhinga novaehollandiae Add Anhinga n. papua. Add nominate subspecies Anhinga n. novaehollandiae with recognition of Anhinga n. papua. ADD Schodde, Kirwan & Porter 2012
Black Rail  Laterallus jamaicensis Add Laterallus jamaicensis tuerosi with lump of Junin Crake.
ADD SACC 536
Bare-eyed Rail  Gymnocrex plumbeiventris
Add Gymnocrex plumbeiventris intactus ADD Knox & Walters 1994. Often synonymized with nominate, but morphologically distinct.
Polynesian Ground Dove  Monotypic. Gallicolumba erythroptera Add G. e. albicollis † Add nominate subspecies Gallicolumba e. erythroptera with recognition of G. e. alibcollis. ADD Hume & Walters 2012
Eclectus Parrot  Eclectus roratus Add Eclectus roratus westermani ADD Juniper & Parr 1998. Roselaar Accessed 2012. Often considered a  possible hybrid or an aberrant E. r. roratus, but compelling evidence suggests otherwise. Known only from captive specimens. Provenance unknown.
Banded Bay Cuckoo  Cacomantis sonneratii schlegeli (Junge, 1948) Cacomantis sonneratii fasciolatus  (Müller, S, 1843) TAX C. s. fasciolatus has precedence and is a valid name for this taxon. Payne 2005.
Koepcke’s Screech Owl  Megascops koepckeae Add newly described subspcies Megascops koepckeae hockingi. Add nominate subspecies M. k. koepckeae.
NEW Fjeldså et al 2012
Malachite Kingfisher  Corythornis cristatus Add C. c. nais and C. c. thomensis with lump of Principe Kingfisher and Sao Tome Kingfisher ADD Melo & Fuchs 2008
Pale-browed Treehunter  Cichlocolaptes leucophrus Add Cichlocolaptes leucophrus holti (Pinto, 1941). Add nominate C. l. leucophrus with recognition of C. l. holti. ADD Ridgely & Tudor, 1994. HBW 8, p. 340
Spotted Antpitta  Hylopezus macularius diversus Alter subspecies name to Hylopezus macularius dilutus.
 TAX H. m. diversus (Zimmer, JT, 1934) synonymized with H. m. dilutus (Hellmayr, 1910) by Carneiro et al 2012. dilutus has priority.
Immaculate Antbird  Myrmeciza immaculata Add Myrmeciza immaculata concepcion NEW Donegan, 2012
Long-tailed Manakin  Chiroxiphia linearis Delete C.l. fastuosa.
 DEL Treat as monotypic following Kirwin 2011
Large Woodshrike  Tephrodornis virgatus vernayi Tephrodornis virgatus verneyi  TAX Original spelling. fide Colin Jones, Normand David
Rufous-vented Tit  Periparus rubidiventris Add Periparus rubidiventris whistleri split from P. r. beavani ADD Martens et al 2006
Coal Tit  Periparus ater Add Periparus ater abietum split from the nominate ADD Martens et al 2006
Streaky-headed Seedeater  Crithagra gularis montium Crithagra gularis montanorum CORR Correct error in transcription of subspecies epithet

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Green-legged Partridge Arborophila chloropus Add Arborophila chloropus tonkinensis reassigned from Arborophila charltonii TAX Clements 2006, Rheindt unpubl.
Clapper Rail Rallus longirostris Correct switched Ranges: R.l.pelodramus=Trinidad; waynei=coastal se USA CORR Thanks to Gustav Asplund
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus  Add C. a. nihonensis Deignan, 1941; range of dealbatus to se China TAX Kennerley et al, 2008
Black-legged Kittiwake Monotypicfollowing Dickinson 2003 Add Rissa tridactyla pollicaris Ridgway, 1884 AS HBW/IBC, BNA OnLine
Black-legged Kittiwake Monotypic, following Dickinson 2003 Add Rissa tridactyla tridactyla (Linnaeus, 1758) AS HBW/IBC, BNA OnLine
Luzon (Philippine) Hawk-Owl Ninox philippensis Delete ssp N.p.proxima, included in N.p.philippensis
 AL  Rasmussen et al 2012
Romblon Hawk-Owl Ninox spilonota Add newly described ssp N. s. fisheri. Add nominate ssp N. s. spilonota with recognition of N. s. fisheri. NEW Rasmussen et al 2012
Rusty-breasted Cuckoo Cacomantis sepulcralis aeruginosus Remove ssp aeruginosus and reassign to Moluccan Cuckoo, C. aeruginosus (See Taxonomic Updates). TAX Payne MS, Tebb et al 2008, Rheindt et al MS
Moluccan Cuckoo Monotypic Add ssp aeruginosus reassigned from C. sepulcralis.
Also add C. aeruginosus heinrichi (See Taxonomic Updates).
TAX Payne MS, Tebb et al 2008, Rheindt et al MS
Plain-brown Woodcreeper Dendrocincla fuliginosa taunayi Remove ssp taunayi  and reassign to D. turdina  TAX, PHY  Weir & Price 2011
Plain-winged Woodcreeper Dendrocincla turdina  Add Dendrocincla turdina taunayi reassigned from D. fuliginosa  TAX, PHY  Weir & Price 2011
Sand Lark Calandrella raytal C. r. krishnakumarsinhji, not C. r. krishnarkumarsinhji TAX H&M3, Corrigenda 8
Common Bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus spurius
Remove ssp spurius and reassign to P. tricolor. TAX Correct error in original ssp allocation.
Common Bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus layardi
Remove ssp layardi and reassign to P. tricolor. TAX Correct error in original ssp allocation.
Dark-capped Bulbul Pycnonotus tricolor  Add Pycnonotus tricolor spurius and P. tricolor layardi ssp reassigned from P. barbatus. Also add nominate subspecies, P. tricolor tricolor. TAX Correct errors in original ssp allocation.
Red-pate Cisticola Cisticola ruficeps guinea Remove ssp guinea which is synonymous with Dorst’s Cisticola (formerly C. dorsti). The latter assumes the scientific name C. guinea. TAX Dowsett-Lemaire, Borrow & Dowsett 2005
Western Orphean Warbler Sylvia hortensis Add newly described Sylvia hortensis cyrenaicae. Add nominate subspecies Sylvia hortensis hortensis with recognition of S. h. cyrenaicae. NEW Svensson 2012.
Asian Brown Flycatcher Muscicapa daurica Add Muscicapa dauurica pooensis Sykes, 1832. Remove ssp williamsoni and umbrosa, which are split as  Brown-streaked Flycatcher, M. williamsoni TAX Rasmussen & Anderton 2005, HBW 11;  Rheindt & Eaton, 2012
African Pipit Anthus cinnamomeus Add Anthus cinnamomeus latistriatus Jackson,1899 AL Best treatment of Jackson’s Pipit, a dubious taxon (H&M3, R. Dowsett)