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Species Status Codes

AL - Accepted Lumps for species that are deemed to be conspecific and are DELETED

AS - Accepted Splits that we deem valid and ADD to Master List

DEL – Deleted from Master List or from active consideration of Proposed Splits

DIS - Changes or corrections of a species Range

ENG – Changes or corrections of English names

EXT--Extinct Taxon

NEW - a newly described taxon as opposed to a revision of prior taxonomy, splits or lumps

PHY – Change that reflects new information on the phylogenetic relationships of the taxon

PL - Proposed Lumps for species that are likely to be treated as conspecific with another taxon and that may be DELETED

PS - Proposed Splits for splits that are being reviewed

TAX - Change of scientific name, including issues of nomenclature (priority, gender etc) and revisions of genera

Taxonomic Updates

This page tracks revisions of species taxonomy and nomenclature including genera and families. Revisions of subspecies taxonomy and nomenclature are posted separately on Updates/Subspecies.

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 25 Hydrobatidae Storm Petrels Hydrobatidae [Northern Storm Petrels]; Oceanitidae [Austral Storm Petrels]  PHY, SEQ The Oceanitidae and  Hydrobatidae are not sister taxa (Nunn & Stanley 1998; Penhallurick & Wink 2004, Hackett et al. 2008). Resequence to Oceanitidae, Diomedeidae, Hydrobatidae, Procellariidae.
75 Damophila julie Violet-bellied Hummingbird Juliamyia julie TAX Damophila is preoccupied in Lepidoptera.
178 Muscicapa latirostris Asian Brown Flycatcher Muscicapa dauurica TAX Correct the correction. See Dickinson et al 2014
189 Lemuresthes nana
Madagascan Mannikin Lepidopygia nana TAX Formerly placed in Lemuresthes Wolters, 1949, but Lepidopygia Reichenbach, 1862 is available. Dickinson & Christidis, 2014.
199 Ptiloxena atroviolaceus Cuban Blackbird Ptiloxena atroviolacea TAX Genus is treated as feminine. Dickinson & Christidis, 2014.

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49 Nesoenas picturata Malagasy Turtle Dove Nesoenas picturatus TAX Nesoenas must be treated as masculine. David & Gregory, 2008
49 Nesoenas rodericana Rodrigues Pigeon Nesoenas rodericanus TAX Nesoenas must be treated as masculine. David & Gregory, 2008
84 Bucerotidae Hornbills Revise generic classification PHY, TAX

Revision follows Gonzalez et al. 2013ab

96 Phibalura flavirostris Swallow-tailed Cotinga Cotingidae PHY, SEQ Restore Phibalura to Cotingidae (Berv & Prum 2014)
110 Conopophaga cearae Ceara Gnateater Resequence to follow Ash-throated Gnateater PHY, SEQ Ceara Gnateater is sister to Ash-throated Gnateater (Batalha-Filho et al. 2014)
131 Pachycephala graeffii Fiji Whistler Pachycephala vitiensis TAX P. vitiensis has priority over graeffii with lumping of White-throated Whistler (H&M 2003, Andersen et al. 2013)
197 Basileuterus basilicus Santa Marta Warbler Myiothlypis basilica PHY, TAX Gutiérrez-Pinto et al. 2012

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57 Necropsittacus rodericanus Rodrigues Parrot Necropsittacus rodricanus TAX Cheke, A & Hume, J. 2008, Fuller, 2002. Original spelling of species is rodricanus (not rodericanus). See Milne-Edwards original description (pp 151-155).
124  Oreoscopus gutturalis  Fernwren Resequence to follow Pachycare at beginning of Acanthizidae  PHY, SEQ Fernwren is basal (subfamily) member of Acanthizidae and sister to Pachycare (Norman et al 2009ab, Schodde & Christidis 2014)
128  Cracticidae  Butcherbirds, Peltops Merge with Artamidae  PHY, TAX Woodswallows, butcherbirds and Peltops are equidistant (subfamily) lineages in one monophyletic cluster (Norman et al. 2009b, Jønsson et al. 2010, Jønsson et al. 2011, Aggerbeck et al. 2014, Schodde & Christidis 2014, J Fjeldsa comm.)
130  Eulacestoma nigropectes  Wattled Ploughbill Move from Incertae sedis 2 to new monotypic family Eulacestomidae following Neosittidae  PHY, TAX, SEQ Wattled Ploughbill is distantly related to sitellas (Neosittidae) (Aggerbeck et al. 2014, Schodde & Christidis 2014)
131  Pachycare flavogriseum  Goldenface Resequence to beginning of Acanthizidae  PHY, SEQ Goldenface is basal (subfamily) member of Acanthizidae (Norman et al 2009b, Schodde & Christidis 2014)
131  Rhagologus leucostigma  Mottled Whistler Move from Incertae sedis 2 to new monotypic family Rhagologidae, following Artamidae  PHY, TAX, SEQ Mottled Whistler probably a member of the complex of shrikelike corvoid songbirds, perhaps closest to the Artamidae/Cracticidae assemblage (Aggerbeck 2014, Schodde & Christidis 2014). Revisit English name
131  Aleadryas rufinucha  Rufous-naped Whistler Move from Incertae sedis 2 to new family Oreoicidae  PHY, TAX DNA sequence studies separate Crested Bellbird, Crested Pitohui and Rufous-naped Whistler as a distinct monophyletic taxon distantly related to other corvoid families (Schodde & Christidis 2014).
134  Chaetorhynchus papuensis  Pygmy Drongo Move from Dicruridae to Rhipiduridae, after Lamprolia  PHY, TAX, SEQ Pygmy Drongo is a distant relative of the Silktail of Fiji. Together they form a subfamily of the Rhipiduridae (Irestedt et al. 2008; Jønsson et al. 2011, Norman et al. 2009b; Nyári et al. 2009, Schodde & Christidis 2014).  Revisit English name.
134  Oreoica gutturalis  Crested Bellbird Move from Incertae sedis 2 to new family Oreoicidae  PHY, TAX  DNA sequence studies separate Crested Bellbird, Crested Pitohui and Rufous-naped Whistler as a distinct monophyletic taxon distantly related to other corvoid families (Schodde & Christidis 2014)
134  Ornorectes critatus  Crested Pitohui Move from Incertae sedis 2 to new family Oreoicidae  PHY, TAX  DNA sequence studies separate Crested Bellbird, Crested Pitohui and Rufous-naped Whistler as a distinct monophyletic taxon distantly related to other corvoid families (Schodde & Christidis 2014)
140  Ifrita kowaldi  Blue-capped Ifrit Move from Incertae sedis 3 to new monotypic family Ifritidae  PHY, TAX Blue-capped Ifrit is distantly related to the monarchs (Monarchidae), shrikes (Laniidae), crows (Corvidae), birds-of-paradise (Paradisaeidae) and Australian mudnesters (Corcoracidae) (Jønsson et al. 2011; Aggerbeck et al 2014, Schodde & Christidis 2014)
140  Melampitta lugubris Lesser Melampitta Move melampittas from Incertae sedis 3 to new family Melampittidae  PHY, TAX Melampittas are related to birds-of-paradise and Australian mudnesters (Jønsson et al. 2011; Aggerbeck et al 2014, Schodde & Christidis 2014)
140 Megalampitta (Melampitta)  gigantea Greater Melampitta Separate to monotypic genus Megalampitta in new family Melampittidae.  PHY, TAX Separate Greater Melampitta to monotypic genus Megalampitta (Schodde & Christidis 2014)
163 Zosterops capensis Cape White-eye Zosterops virens  TAX Thompson & Taylor 2014
198 Icteridae Oropendolas, Orioles and Blackbirds Revised classification of family PHY, TAX Powell et al 2014
198 Cacicus melanicterus Mexican Cacique Cassiculus melanicterus PHY, TAX

Fraga 2011, Powell et al 2014

198 Ocyalus latirostris Band-tailed Oropendola Cacicus latirostris PHY, TAX Powell et al 2014
198 Clypicterus oseryi Casqued Oropendola Cacicus oseryi PHY, TAX Powell et al 2014
199 Dives atroviolaceus Cuban Blackbird Ptiloxena atroviolaceus PHY, TAX Powell et al 2014
199 Curaeus forbesi Forbes’s Blackbird Anumara forbesi PHY, TAX Powell et al 2014
199

Agelaioides oreopsar

Bolivian Blackbird Oreopsar bolivianus PHY, TAX Powell et al 2014, Remsen et al Zootaxa ms

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41 Vanellus malarbaricus Yellow-wattled Lapwing Vanellus malabaricus  TAX Contra some recent sources, the correct original spelling is malabaricus. Species epithet malarbaricus is attributable to the reprint of  Boddaert’s Table des Planches and is an ISS. Reconfirmed by primary source verification, fide Normand David. Cf H&M4
145 Alaudidae Larks Revise classification, xls format PHY, SEQ Alström et al 2013
145 Mirafra hova Madagascan Lark Eremopterix hova PHY, TAX Alström et al 2013
146 Melanocorypha leucoptera White-winged Lark Alauda leucoptera PHY, TAX Alström et al 2013
146 Calandrella raytal Sand Lark Alaudala raytal PHY, TAX Alström et al 2013
146 Calandrella rufescens Lesser Short-toed Lark Alaudala rufescens PHY, TAX Alström et al 2013
146 Calandrella somalica Somali Short-toed Lark Alaudala somalica PHY, TAX Alström et al 2013
146 Calandrella cheleensis Asian Short-toed Lark Alaudala cheleensis PHY, TAX Alström et al 2013
146 Calandrella athensis Athi Short-toed Lark Alaudala athensis PHY, TAX Alström et al 2013
146 Pseudalaemon fremantlii Short-tailed Lark Spizocorys fremantlii PHY, TAX Alström et al 2013
159 Spelaeornis formosus (Timaliidae) Spotted Wren-Babbler Elachura formosa (Elachuridae) PHY, TAX, SEQ, ENG Separated from wren-babblers as a basal lineage of the Passerida (Alström et al 2014)
173 Nesocichla eremita Tristan Thrush Turdus eremita PHY, TAX Nesocichla is nested within Turdus (Klicka et al 2005, Voelker et al 2007, Nylander et al 2008)
173 Psophocichla litsitsirupa  Groundscraper Thrush Turdus litsitsirupa PHY, TAX A basal lineage of Turdus thrushes, and sister to Chinese Thrush (Turdus mupinensis)(Voelker et al 2007, Nylander et al 2008)
177 Myrmelocichla  Chat spp  Myrmecocichla CORR Correct mispellings of genus for M. monticola, M. arnotti, M. collaris

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16 Tetrao parvirostris Black-billed Capercaillie Tetrao urogalloides TAX Tetrao urogalloides Middendorf, 1853 has precedence over Tetrao parvirostris Bonaparte, 1856. H&M 4:47
17 Xenoperdix obscurata Rubeho Forest Partridge Xenoperdix obscuratus TAX Gender agreement. H&M 4:31
18 Gallus lafayetii Sri Lanka Junglefowl Gallus lafayettii TAX Original spelling lafayetii emended to lafayettii. H&M 4:41
19 Anseriformes Waterfowl Resequence before Galliformes PHY, SEQ Cracraft 2013
31 Falconiformes Falcons Resequence before Psittaciformes/Passeriformes PHY, SEQ Cracraft 2013
41 Vanellus malabaricus Yellow-wattled Lapwing Vanellus malarbaricus TAX Correct original spelling. H&M 4:206
54 Psittaciformes Parrots Resequence before Passeriformes PHY, TAX Cracraft 2013
69 Macrodipteryx longipennis Standard-winged Nightjar Caprimulgus longipennis PHY, TAX Larsen et al 2007, Han et al 2010
69 Macrodipteryx vexillarius Pennant-winged Nightjar Caprimulgus vexillarius PHY, TAX Larsen et al 2007, Han et al 2010
73 Phaethornis aethopyga Tapajos Hermit Phaethornis aethopygus TAX Gender agreement. H&M 4:106
75 Amazilia saucerrottei Steely-vented Hummingbird Amazilia saucerottei TAX
Correct original spelling saucerrottei to saucerottei under  ICZN code Article 32.5.1. Supported by internal information. Emended in H&M 4:129.
131 Pachycephala caledonica Melanesian Whistler Pachycephala chlorura TAX Species name of Melanesian Whistler becomes Pachycephala chlorura with split of P. caledonica as New Caledonian Whistler.
157 Sylvia moltonii Moltoni’s Warbler  Sylvia subalpina TAX Brambilla et al, 2008; Svensson, 2013
172 Grandala coelicolor Grandala Move to Turdidae, tentatively before Sialia PHY, SEQ Transfer Grandala from Muscicapidae to Turdidae, but relation to Sialia and position uncertain (Jønsson and Fjeldså 2006a, HBW)
174 Muscicapidae Chats, Old World Flycatchers Revise Family TAX Sangster et al 2010, Zuccon and Ericson 2010, Aliabadian et al 2012
178

Dioptrornis brunneus

Angolan Slaty Flycatcher Melaenornis brunneus TAX Genus Dioptrornis not recognized (H&M3, Sangster et al 2010)
178 Dioptrornis fischeri White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher Melaenornis fischeri TAX Genus Dioptrornis not recognized (H&M3, Sangster et al 2010)
178 Dioptrornis chocolatinus Abyssinian Slaty Flycatcher Melaenornis chocolatinus TAX  Genus Dioptrornis not recognized (H&M3, Sangster et al 2010)
194 Carpodacus waltoni Pink-rumped [Stresemann’s] Rosefinch Carpodacus eos TAX Follows transfer of ssp waltoni from C. davidanus to C. eos. Waltoni has priority for species epithet (Tietze et al 2013).

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