"Wisdom begins with putting the right name on a thing"
(Old Chinese Proverb)



Apr 19     Accept revision w splits (2) of Superb Bird-of-Paradise; English names to follow

Apr 19     Accept split of White-bellied Whipbird

Apr 16     Move Sao Tome Shorttail to Motacilla

Apr 15     Add link on Master Files to archive of previous versions of xml files

Apr 15      Move Bare-faced Bulbul from Pycnonotus to new genus Nok

Apr 14      Post proposed split of Taliabu Fantail on Updates/PS

Apr 14      Post proposed split of Peleng Jungle-Flycatcher on Updates/PS

Apr 8        Post proposed split of Rufous-breasted Antpitta on Updates/PS

Apr 7        Post proposed split of Tapajos Antpitta on Updates/PS

Apr 7         Accept Rufescent Antshrike; English name provisional

Apr 7         Accept ‘Peruvian’ Striped Manakin; English name provisional

Apr 7         Accept Santa Marta Screech Owl

Apr 4         Post proposed split of Rufescent Antbird on Updates/PS

Apr 4         Moved Megabyas and Bias shrike-flycatchers from Platysteiridae to Vangidae

Apr 4        Revised Vangidae to include helmetshrikes, woodshrikes and allies

Apr 4        Post proposed lump of Baron’s Spinetail with Line-cheeked Spinetail on Updates/PS

Mar 28     Post proposed splits (3) of Fork-tailed Drongo species complex on Updates/PS

Mar 28    Post proposed split of Sharpe’s Drongo from Square-tailed Drongo on Updates/PS

Mar 27     Post proposed split of  Viscaino Thrasher on Updates/PS

Mar 27     Post proposed split of  Grey-crowned Ground Sparrow on Updates/PS

Mar 22    Back home and catching up

Feb 28    Off to India

Feb 11     Remove Family Links web page for major revision and update

Feb 10    Post proposed split of ‘Mallee’ Whipbird on Updates/PS

Jan 27    Edited and aligned Family Index

Jan 25    Installed v8.1

Jan 21    Post draft copy of  v8.1 with updates highlighted in red font

Jan 20   Accept Purple-backed Fairywren

Jan 18   Revise and resequence antbird genera (Thamnophilidae)

Jan 17   Post proposed split of Yellow-faced Grosbeak on Updates/PS

Jan 17   Post proposed split of ‘Trindade’ Frigatebird on Updates/PS

Jan 17   Post proposed split of Moreleti’s ENG? Seedeater on Updates/PS

Jan 4     Accept newly described species Cordillera Azul Antbird

Jan 4     Recognize genus Myrmoderus for 4 species of Myrmeciza antbirds

Jan 3     Post proposed new species Rote Myzomela on Updates/PS



Dec 30    Change English name of Southern Crowned Pigeon to Scheepmaker’s Crowned Pigeon

Dec 30    Accept split of Sclater’s Crowned Pigeon

Dec 30    Accept lump of Ruwenzori Nightjar with Montane Nightjar

Dec 25    Post proposed lump of  Napo Screech Owl with Roraiman Screech Owl on Updates/PS

Dec 25     Post proposed lump of Colombian Screech Owl w Rufescent Screech Owl on Updates/PS

Dec 24    Post new species Santa Marta Screech Owl on Updates/PS

Dec 21    Accept split of Puna Pipit from Short-billed Pipit

Dec 21    Accept split of Peruvian Pipit from Yellowish Pipit

Dec 21    Lump (variant plumage) Liberian Greenbul with Icterine Greenbul

Dec 21    Post proposed lump of Ruwenzori Nightjar w Montane Nightjar on Updates/PL

Dec 14    Post new Cordillera Azul Antbird on Updates/PS

Dec  4     Post proposed splits (4) of Eurasian magpies on Updates/PS

Dec  4     Post proposed split of Sclater’s Crowned Pigeon on Updates/PS

Nov 21   Change English name of Laticilla species from Prinia to Grass Babbler

Oct 24    Flag Purple-backed Fairywren M. l. assimilis as PS ssp based on narrow hybrid zone w M. lamberti

Oct 23    Post proposed status of Liberian Greenbul as plumage variant of Icterine Greenbul on Updates/PL

Oct 21    Announce change to semiannual revision schedule. So no 7.4

Oct 13    Change English name of Spotted Nightingale-Thrush to Gould’s Nightingale-Thrush

Oct 12    Accept Western Miombo Sunbird

Oct 12    Stet Hainan Laughingthrush as subspecies of Black-throated Laughingthrush

Oct 12    Accept Sclater’s Nightingale-Thrush

Oct 10   Stet Lilacine Amazon as ssp of Red-lored Amazon pending full workup

Oct 9     Change English name of Geotrygon purpurata to Purple Quail-Dove

Oct 8     Treat new Dry-forest Sabrewing provisionally as ssp pending review of this species complex

Oct 6     Post proposed splits of Peruvian Pipit and Puna Pipit on Updates/PS

Sept 16  Post proposed new species Peruvian/Painted Manakin on Updates/PS

Sept 12  Post proposed new species Dry-forest Sabrewing on Updates/PS

Aug 29  Move Bananaquit from monotypic Coerebidae to Thraupidae, sister to Tiaris

Aug 29 Move Yellow-green [Bush] Tanager from Chlorospingus to Bangsia (Thraupidae)

Aug 29 Move Tanager Finch from Thraupidae to Passerellidae

Aug 29 Move Yellow Cardinal from Emberizidae (Passerellidae) to Thraupidae

Aug 29 Move Blue Finch from Emberizidae (Passerellidae) to Thraupidae

Aug 17  Recognize 10 new families of New World 9-primaried Oscines (see Taxonomic Updates)

Aug 11  Move 5 species of Sturnella to Leistes

Aug 7   Post proposed split of Ecuadorian Hermit on Updates/PS

Aug 3   Post proposed split of Ecuadorian Plumeleteer on Updates/PS

Aug 3    Correct species tally for Pycnonotidae to 154

Aug 3    Correct 7.3 extant species tally to 10,694

July 31  Correct Range of Fork-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo

July 31  Correct Range of Glossy Swiftlet

July 27  Posted draft copies of  7.3 spreadsheets at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/ioc-lists/master-list-2/

July 26  Transition to 7.3 underway

July 26  Accept proposed split of Natewa Silktail

July 25  Treat Sapayoa as a monotypic family, basal to rest of Eurylaimides

July 16  Resequence species of Sibirionetta, Spatula, Mareca, Anas

July 15  Resequence Scolopacidae

July 15  Post proposed split of Natewa Silktail on Updates/PS

July 14  Accept proposed split of Lesser Redpoll

July 14  Decline proposed lump of Arctic/Hoary Redpoll w Common Redpoll

July 14  Decline proposed split of Calaveras Warbler

July 14  Correct family name of Bernieridae to Madagascan Warblers

July 11  Decline proposed split of Western Willet

July 9  Transfer 6 species of ‘wigeons’ from Anas to Mareca

July 9  Transfer 10 species of shovelers and teal from Anas to Spatula

July 9  Transfer Baikal Teal from Anas to Sibirionetta

July 9  Change English name of Le Conte’s Sparrow to LeConte’s Sparrow

July 9  Change English name of Le Conte’s Thrasher to LeConte’s Thrasher

July 8   Merge Procelsterna into Anous

July 8   Post proposed split of Lesser Redpoll on Updates/PS

July 6   Post proposed lump of Hoary Redpoll on Updates/PS

July 6   Accept split of Baird’s Junco

July 6   Accept split of Cassia Crossbill

July 6   Decline proposed split of Grayson’s Thrush

July 6   Decline proposed split of ‘Mesoamerican’ Creeper

July 5   Accept split of Northern Shrike

July 5   Decline proposed split of ‘Mesoamerican’ Flicker; more data needed

July 4   Delete Bogota Sunangel, a hybrid

July 4   Accept lump of Thayer’s Gull to ssp Iceland Gull

July 4    Post proposed Superb Bird-of-Paradise splits on Updates/PS

July 2    Change Arcanatoridae to Modulatricidae, which has priority

June 30 Move Miniature Babblers (Micromacronus) from Timaliidae to Cisticolidae

June 30 Move Malia from Pycnonotidae to Locustellidae

June 30 Move sparrow-weavers (Plocepasser) from Passeridae to Ploceidae

June 30 Move Rufous-tailed Weaver (Histurgops) from Passeridae to Ploceidae

June 30 Move social-weavers (Pseudonigrita) from Passeridae to Ploceidae

June 30 Move Sociable Weaver (Philetairus) from Passeridae to Ploceidae

June 26 Post proposed split of Sclater’s Nightingale Thrush on Updates/PS

June 26 Post proposed deletion of (hybrid) Bogota Sunangel on Updates/PS

June 25  Post proposed split of Baird’s Junco on Updates/PS

June 14  Merge emus (Dromaiidae) into Casuariidae to align with consensus treatment as subfamily

June 10  Change provisional English name of Geospiza conirostris to Espaniola Cactus Finch

June 10  Update English names of Rufous-naped Whistler & Crested Pitohui, now in Oreoicidae

June 9   Post potential split of Purple-backed Fairywren on Updates/PS

May 5    Accept Glossy Swiftlet splits

May 3    Accept Banasura Laughingthrush and Ashambu Laughingthrush

May 2    Post proposed lump of Drongo-Cuckoos on Updates/PS

Apr 28   Replace missing genus Melilestes

Apr 25   Post proposed split of ‘Malee’ Whipbird on Updates/PS

Apr 22  Transition to 7.2 complete; initiate 7.3

Apr 20  Transition to 7.2 nearly complete; please report problems. Thanks

Apr 16  Close 7.2, start transition for release Apr 22

Apr 12  Post proposed split of Ventania Yellow Finch on Updates/PS

Apr 11  Resequence Sandwich, Cabot’s, Elegant terns

Apr 11  Revise classification of sandpipers including 5 monotypic genera into Calidris

Apr 8   Revise classification of Gruidae

Apr 7    Accept Whyte’s Double-collared Sunbird

Apr 5    Accept Cachar Bulbul and Charlotte’s Bulbul w provisional English names

Apr 5    Post proposed splits (7) of Glossy Swiftlet on Updates/PS

Apr 5     Accept Tatama Tapaculo

Apr 2     Post NACC species proposals on Updates/PS

Apr 1      Accept Cordilleran Parakeet

Mar 22   Accept Peruvian Racket-tail and Rufous-booted Racket-tail (incl ssp annae)

Mar 21   Accept Blue-vented Hummingbird

Mar 20   Accept American Barn Owl

Mar 19   Post proposed ‘Ashambu Blue Robin’ on Updates/PS

Mar 18   Move Kilgiri Blue Robin and White-bellied Blue Robin from Myiomela to Sholicola

Mar 17    Irish Rare Birds Committee adopts IOC; Happy St Patricks Day!

Mar 17    Post proposed splits of ‘Banasura’ Laughingthrush and ‘Travancore’ Laughingthrush

Mar 17    Lump Archbold’s Owlet-nightjar with Mountain Owlet-nightjar

Mar 17    Accept Black-fronted Francolin

Mar 16    Post proposed split of Cachar Bulbul on Updates/PS

Mar 16    Post proposed split of Charlotte’s Bulbul on Updates/PS

Mar 14    Correct English name of Lophotriorchis kienerii to Rufous-bellied Hawk

Mar 14    Correct English name of Henicorhina anachoreta to Hermit Wood Wren

Mar 6      Change English name of Zoothera margaretae to Makira Thrush

Mar 6      Post proposed split of Black-fronted Francolin on Updates/PS

Mar 5      Resolve English name of T. affinis to Blyth’s Paradise Flycatcher

Mar 4      Post proposed lump of Archbold’s Owlet-nightjar on Updates

Mar 3      Post new Tatama Tapaculo on Updates/PS

Feb 21     Correct English name of Pycnonotus blanfordi to Ayeyarwady Bulbul

Feb 21     Post proposed split of Hainan Laughingthrush to Updates/PS

Feb 20    Correct English name to Asian Crimson-winged Finch

Feb 18     Return from Philippines

Jan 20    BOU adopts IOC list

Jan 13     To Philippines

Jan 9       Test 7.1 website

Jan 8       7.1 spreadsheets and web pages posted

Jan 8       Posted 7.1 (red)

Jan 6       Transition to 7.1 underway

Jan 1       Resequence ratites

Jan 1       Post proposed revisions and sequences of Orders (Classification Tab)


Dec 26       Accept Mediterranean Flycatcher

Dec 26       Table Samoan split candidates pending review of  species complexes

Dec 26       Accept White-throated/Geoffroy’s Wedgebill split; ENG changes

Dec 26      Accept Merida Sunangel and Longuemare’s Sunangel

Dec 25      Accept Genovesa Cactus Finch, ENG provisional

Dec 25       Accept Genovesa Ground Finch and Vampire Ground Finch, ENG provisional

Dec 25       Accept Chinese Rubythroat

Dec 25      Accept Double-collared Crescentchest

Dec 25      Accept Scarlet Flycatcher and scientific name change for Vermilion Flycatcher

Dec 25      Accept Darwin’s Flycatcher and San Cristobal Flycatcher

Dec 25      Accept Foveaux/Otago Shag split

Dec 24      Stet species status of Barbary Falcon for now

Dec 24      Post proposed split of Montane Double-collared Sunbird on Updates/PS

Dec 24      Post proposed split of Eastern Miombo Sunbird on Updates/PS

Dec 24     Post proposed split of “American” Barn Owl on Updates/PS

Dec 24     Post proposed split of Taiwan Thrush on Updates/PS

Nov 29     Post proposed splits of Musician Wrens on Updates/PS

Nov 29     Post proposed splits of [Colombia] parrots on Updates/PS

Nov 29     Post proposed splits of Racket-tailed Hummingbirds on Updates/PS

Nov 29     Post proposed split of Double-collared Crescentchest on Updates/PS

Nov 25     Post proposed split of  ‘Scarlet’ Flycatcher on Updates/PS

Nov 1-22  China

Oct 22     Release 6.4

Oct 9        Post proposed split of Chinese Rubythroat on Updates/PS

Oct 6        Accept Chestnut-throated Flycatcher

Oct 5        Accept Mongolian Short-toed Lark

Sept 23    Lump Grey-throated Toucanet (with White-throated Toucanet)

Sept 23    Lump Santa Marta Toucanet (with White-throated Toucanet)

Sept 23    Lump Violet-throated Toucanet (with Blue-throated Toucanet)

Sept 22    Accept Streak-eared Bulbul (split from renamed Irrawaddy Bulbul P. blanfordi)

Sept 22    Accept Baliem Whistler

Sept 22    Retain African Blue Tit as a single polytypic species w three PS candidates for now

Sept 18     Move Black Butcherbird from Cracticus to Melloria

Sept 7       Post proposed lumps of Santa Marta and Grey-throated toucanets with White-throated Toucanet on Updates/PS

Sept 7       Post proposed lump of Violet-throated Toucanet with Blue-throated Toucanet on Updates/PS

Sept 7       Post proposed splits of Darwin’s and San Cristobal Flycatchers on Updates/PS

Aug 27      Post proposed splits of 6 Samoan species on Updates/PS

Aug 25      Decline proposed splits of Tepui and Rufous-necked nightjars (SACC)

Aug 23      Post proposed split of Western Willet on Updates/PS

Aug 23      Post proposed split of Sykes’s [= Mongolian] Short-toed Lark on Updates/PS

Aug 23      Post proposed split of Chestnut-throated Flycatcher on Updates/PS

Aug 23      Post proposed split of Baliem Whistler on Updates/PS

Aug 17       Back home!

July 30      Off to Gulf of Guinea white-eyes

July 21       6.3 complete, thanks for corrections

July 18       Transition to 6.3 website underway

July 14       Post draft 6.3 red for corrections

July 12       Finalize 6.3 content

July 11       Stet Lilian’s Meadowlark SSP

July 11       Accept Red-backed Flameback

July 11       Accept Aceh Bulbul

July 11       Accept Cyprus Scops Owl

July 10      Accept (extinct) Puerto Rican Parakeet species status

July 10      Accept NACC ENG  Rufous-naped Wood Rail, (stet Grey-necked Wood Rail A. cajaneus)

July 10      Accept NACC English names Lesson’s Motmot, Blue-capped Motmot

July 7        Accept Lesser Violetear; monotypic Mexican Violetear

July 7        Accept Canebrake Wren and Isthmian Wren w NACC English names

July 7        Accept  Townsend’s Storm Petrel, Ainley’s Storm Petrel

July 4        Accept Santa Marta Wood Wren

July 3        Replace LA range codes with MA, SA

July 3        Accept split of Gran Canaria Blue Chaffinch from [Tenerife] Blue Chaffinch

July 2        Lump Caribbean Coot as (white shield) morph of American Coot

July 2        Stet Grayson’s Thrush as ssp of Rufous-backed Thrush for now

July 2        Post proposed splits of African Blue Tits on Updates/PS

June 27     Accept new genus Pseudopipra for Dixiphia pipra; revise manakin genera.

June 24     Post proposed split of “Red-backed Woodpecker/Flameback” on Updates/PS

June 23     Restore Santa Marta Wood Wren to Updates/PS;  SACC accepted split, ENG?

June 23     Treat Sao Paulo Marsh Antwren as a subspecies of  Marsh Antwren

June 23     Accept provisional names [ Western Striolated Puffbird, Eastern Striolated Puffbird]

June 22     Post proposed split of Aceh Bulbul on Updates/PS

June 19      Move diving petrels to Procellariidae

June 19      Restore name Pomarine Jaeger

June 15      Align sequence of geese to their phylogeny

June 15      Revise Red-bellied Pitta complex, including 9 splits

June 14      Post proposed split of Otago Shag on Updates/PS

June 12      Post proposed split of Gran Canaria Blue Chaffinch on Updates/PS

June 12      Post proposed split of “Mediterranean” Flycatcher on Updates/PS

June 6        Merge Snow Goose, Ross’s Goose, Emperor Goose from Chen to Anser 

June 5        Rename Plain-backed Thrush to Alpine Thrush

June 4       Accept Himalayan Thrush and Sichuan Thrush

June 4       Stet  Campina Thrush and  Amazonian Thrush as ssp of Black-billed Thrush pending resolution of (unsampled) ssp ignobilis and goodfellowi.

June 3       Accept Grey-faced Petrel

June 3       Accept Ayacucho Thistletail

May 11       Post proposed splits of Red-bellied Pittas on Updates/PS

May 11       Post proposed split of Grey-faced Petrel on Updates/PS

May 7        Post proposed split of Cyprus Scops Owl on Updates/PS

May 1        Back

Apr 24      To Jamaica

Apr 20      Transition to 6.2 complete

Apr 17       Transition to 6.2 underway

Apr 11        Stet subspecies status of  [Taiwan]  Island Thrush T. p. niveiceps

Apr 9         Change English name of Macropygia magna from Bar-necked Cuckoo-Dove to Timor Cuckoo-Dove following splits of Enggano and Barusan Cuckoo-Doves

Apr 9         Change English name of Macropygia amboiensis from Slender-billed Cuckoo-Dove to Amboyna         Cuckoo-Dove following split of Sultan’s Cuckoo-Dove

Apr 9          Accept [five] Macropygia cuckoo-dove splits

Apr 8          Post proposed new species Ibera Seedeater on Updates/PS

Apr 7          Revise species taxonomy of Ailuroedus catbirds, including 7 splits

Apr 7          Change English name of Ailuroedus melanotis from Spotted Catbird to Black-eared Catbird

Apr 6          Accept Necklaced Barbet

Apr 6          Accept Turquoise-throated Barbet

Mar 30      Accept Sula Cuckoo-Dove

Mar 30      Accept English name change of Black Dove to Black Cuckoo-Dove

Mar 30      Change English name of White-faced Dove to White-faced Cuckoo-Dove

Mar 28      Post proposed split of Taiwan Thrush on Updates/PS

Mar 25      Post proposed split of Turquoise-throated Barbet on Updates/PS

Mar 24      Revise (draft) classification of Orders

Mar 19       Post proposed split of Lilian’s Meadowlark on Updates/PS

Mar 19       Post proposed splits of Ainley’s and Townsend’s storm petrels on Updates/PS

Mar 19       Post proposed split of Lesser Violetear on Updates/PS

Mar 19       Revise Dendrocopos woodpeckers and allies

Mar 9         Accept English name change to Choco Sirystes

Mar 8         Accept English name change to Diademed Sandpiper-Plover

Mar 4         Stet Grass Wren subspecies; note proposed splits on 6.2

Mar 1          Accept Purple-capped Fruit Dove and Kosrae Fruit Dove

Feb 29        Post proposed lump of Barbary Falcon on Updates/PL

Feb 27        Change species name of Grey-throated White-eye from Zosterops ugiensis to Zosterops rendovae

Feb 26        Accept split of Forest White-eye (Z. stenocricotus); English name provisional

Feb 26        Stet ssp status of Sinosuthora brunnea ricketti (PS, Yunnan Parrotbill)

Feb 25        Accept Dark-eyed White-eye

Feb 25        Rename Zosterops cinerea ‘Kosrae White-eye’

Feb 25        Accept split of Grey-brown White-eye and Kosrae White-eye

Feb 23        Post proposed split of Purple-capped Fruit Dove on Updates/PS

Feb 23        Post proposed Macropygia splits on Updates/PS

Feb 22        Accept Temotu Whistler

Feb 21        Complete improvements of Ranges of monotypic species

Feb 12       Move Intermediate Egret from Egretta to Ardea

Feb 7         Post proposed split of Dark-eyed White-eye on Updates/PS

Feb 4        Restore species epithet of Bahia Spinetail to S. cinerea

Feb 2        Change Burma to Myanmar

Feb 2        Post proposed split of Sula Cuckoo-Dove on Updates/PS

Feb 2        Accept Coopmans’s Elaenia

Jan 28      Post proposed split and new sp of Plain-backed Thrushes on Updates/PS

Jan 28      Post proposed split of Grey-brown/Kosrae White-eyes on Updates/PS

Jan 28      Post proposed split of Kosrae Fruit Dove on Updates/PS

Jan 26      Transition to 6.1 nearly complete including updated spreadsheet and  web pages. Please report problems

Jan 25      Remove red dagger from rediscovered nominate ssp of Jerdon’s Babbler

Jan 24     Post draft copy of the  6.1 Life List+ spreadsheet with Updates highlighted in red font

Jan 23     Change English name of Gallinago jamesoni to Jameson’s Snipe

Jan 23     Accept ‘Western’ [Striolated] Puffbird; English name provisional

Jan 23     Accept ‘Tschudi’s’ Nightjar; English name provisional. Revision of genera to follow

Jan 21      Change species epithet of Mascarene Parrot from mascarin to mascarinus

Jan 19      Post proposed splits of Black-billed Thrush on Updates/PS

Jan 18      Accept split of Bundok Flycatcher

Jan 17      Post proposed split of Least Vireo on Updates/PS

Jan 12      Post proposed splits of Ailuroedus catbirds on Updates/PS

Jan 11      Post proposed split of Ayacucho Thistletail on Updates/PS

Jan 11      Stet subspecies Melopyrrha nigra taylori  [Cayman Bullfinch]

Jan 11      Accept split of NA Sedge Wrens (stellaris)

Jan 9       Stet leucogaster (Mallee Whipbird) as a subspecies of Western Whipbird pending full study

Jan 9       Stet inornata (and iberiae) as subspecies of Subalpine Warbler pending revision of species complex

Jan 9       Post Green Inca on Updates/PS

Jan 9       Post Golden Starfrontlet on Updates/PS

Jan 9       Post Perija Starfrontlet on Updates/PS

Jan 9        Post White-tailed Hillstar (leucura) on Updates/PS

Jan 9       Post Longuemare’s Sunangel on Updates/PS

Jan 9        Post Merida Sunangel proposed split on Updates/PS

Jan 9        Post White-throated/Geoffroy’s Wedgebill split on Updates/PS

Jan 9        Post proposed lump of Caribbean Coot on Updates/PL

Jan 9         Stet subspecies of Silvery Grebe pending more info on contact zone

Jan 8         Stet torridus as subspecies of Striolated Puffbird

Jan 8         Stet current subspecies of Northern Fulmar

Jan 4         Stet subspecies status for PS Santa Marta wood wrens

Jan 4         Accept Merida Brushfinch

Jan 1          Restore “Common Loon”


Dec 21        Revisit  ‘Great Northern Loon’

Dec 21        Treat Roosevelt Antwren as a subspecies of Madeira [Stipple-throated] Antwren

Dec 13        Complete review of suboscine subspecies

Dec 9         Move Spot-flanked Gallinule to Porphyriops

Dec 9         Move Lesser Moorhen to Paragallinula

Dec 6         Move ssp tunneyi from Subantarctic Shearwater to Little Shearwater; correct Ranges

Nov 5         Off to NZ, back Dec 4

Nov 1         Restore “Solitary Eagle”

Nov 1         Rename Crowned Solitary Eagle, Chaco Eagle

Nov 1         Rename Hood Mockingbird, Espanola Mockingbird

Oct 31       Post proposed split of Grayson’s Thrush on Updates/PS

Oct 30      Correct range of Omani Owl to “n Oman and e Iran”

Oct 28      Restore  spelling of  “MacGregor’s” to MacGregor’s Bowerbird and MacGregor’s Honeyeater.

Oct 26      Correct remnant spellings of Eulacestomidae to Eulacestomatidae

Oct 24      Transition to v5.4 complete

Oct 22      5.4 files loaded, BOW web pages updated.

Oct 21      Start transition to 5.4

Oct 16      Post proposed split of Coopmans’s Elaenia on Updates/PS

Oct 14      Finalize updates and corrections for 5.4.

Oct 7        Change species epithet of Pacific Robin to Petroica pusilla w split of Norfolk Robin

Oct 6        Accept Norfolk (Island) Robin

Oct 6        Accept Highland Rush Warbler

Sept 28    Change English Name of Variable Dwarf Kingfisher to Moluccan Dwarf Kingfisher

Sept 28    Accept (12) Dwarf Kingfisher splits, excluding C. l. uropygialis

Sept 27    Move Sillem’s Mountain Finch to Carpodacus

Sept 26    Post proposed split of Norfolk Island Robin on Updates/PS

Sept 22    Accept (5) Collared Kingfisher splits

Sept 20   Change English name of Asian Paradise Flycatcher to Indian Paradise Flycatcher

Sept 20   Accept Asian Paradise Flycatcher splits (Amur, Blyth’s/Oriental)

Sept 20   Accept new species  Cryptic Treehunter

Sept 19   Change English name of New Zealand Robin to South Island Robin

Sept 19   Accept North Island Robin

Sept 19   Correct English name to Paradise Parrot

Sept 18   Accept Northern Silvery Kingfisher

Sept 18   Change English name of Micronesian Kingfisher to Guam Kingfisher

Sept 18   Accept Rusty-capped Kingfisher and Pohnpei Kingfisher

Sept 18   Change English name of ‘Tuamoto’ Kingfisher to Mangareva Kingfisher

Sept 18   Accept Niau Kingfisher

Sept 17   Post proposed split of Eastern Rush Warbler on Updates/PS

Sept 16   Post proposed split of North/South Island Robins on Updates/PS

Sept 16   Transfer 7 Puffinus shearwaters to Ardenna

Sept 4     Post proposed Ceyx splits on Updates/PS

Sept 2     Update English names of two New Zealand shags

Aug 27    Accept Papuan Scrub Robin

Aug 25    Accept Perija Tapaculo

Aug 25    Accept Roosevelt Stipple-throated Antbird

Aug 25    Accept Subantarctic Shearwater

Aug 25    Stet Black-fronted Francolin as ssp of Chestnut-naped Francolin

Aug 23    Accept ‘Taiwan’ Bamboo Partridge

Aug 23   Accept Desert Owl; rename Hume’s Owl (S. butleri) to Omani Owl

Aug 23   Decline proposed new species Strix omanensis, a junior synonym of S. butleri

Aug 21    Post proposed splits of Asian Paradise Flycatcher on Updates/PS

Aug 20   Post proposed split of Bundok Flycatcher on Updates/PS

Aug 20   Post proposed split of Papuan Scrub Robin on Updates/PS

Aug 19    Post proposed Todiramphus kingfisher splits on Updates/PS

Aug 18    Correct spelling to Eulacestomatidae

Aug 17    Remove 17 species from Active status on Updates/PS; revisit as warranted

Aug 5      Post proposed splits of Plain Wren on Updates/PS

Aug 5      Move Helmeted Woodpecker to Celeus

July 23   Post proposed Band-winged Nightjar splits on Updates/PS

July 22   Transition to 5.3 nearly complete; please report link failures and errors.

July 15    Post proposed splits of Geospiza spp on Updates/PS

July 12    Move Hawaii Creeper (Manucerthia) to Loxops

July 11     Revise proposed English names of Foulehaio honeyeaters

July 9      Change English name of Pygmy Drongo to Drongo Fantail

July 8      Accept Rapa Shearwater

July 6      Revise American Tree Sparrow genus (Spizelloides)

July 6      Accept Akepa splits

July 6      Accept Nukupuu splits

July 6      Accept Greater Akialoa splits

July 4      Decline Rosalia Thrasher

July 3      Decline Western Painted Bunting

July 3      Accept Inagua Woodstar

June 28  Accept Dalat Bush Warbler (L. idonea)

June 28  Lump Timor Bush Warbler with Javan Bush Warbler

June 28  Accept Sichuan Bush Warbler

June 27   Lump Four-colored Bushshrike with Gorgeous Bushshrike

June 27   Revise parrot classification including separation of Psittaculidae

June 26   Retain avicenniae as a ssp of Grey-necked Wood Rail pending additional data

June 26  Accept White-bellied Wood Rail, English name provisional

June 25  Change English name of Eugenes fulgens to Rivoli’s Hummingbird

June 25   Accept Admirable Hummingbird

June 24  Rename North Island and South Island Takahes

June 23  Post Dave Sargeant’s spreadsheet of IOC 5.2 vs Clements 6.9

June 22  Change English name of Chinese Hill Warbler to Beijing Babbler

June 22  Accept Tarim Babbler

June 17  Accept SACC English name Tolima Blossomcrown

June 12  Accept Forpus parrotlet splits

June 12  Change English name of Porphyrio porphyrio s.s. to Western Swamphen for discussion

June 12   Accept Swamphen splits

June 12   Change English name of Strix sartorii to Cinereous Owl

June 3     Post proposed Forpus parrotlet splits on Updates/PS

June 2     Post proposed swamphen splits on Updates/PS

May 25    Corrected Magnificent Hummingbird names (Updates/PS; footnote 5.3)

May 15     Move Madanga from Zosteropidae to Motacillidae

May 14     Revisit proposed split of Magnificent/Rivoli’s/Admirable Hummingbird (Updates/PS)

May 11      Move Hylophilus sclateri to genus Vireo; English name to Tepui Vireo

May 11      Change English name of Ramphastos ambiguus to Yellow-throated Toucan

May 10     Revise genera of  ‘Geotrygon‘ quail-doves to follow SACC, NACC

May 9       Separate Alopecoenas ground doves from Philippine bleeding-hearts  :)

May 8       Lump Red-billed Gull w Silver Gull

May 7       Move Canirallus rails from Rallidae to Sarothruridae

May 3       Post proposed Bush Warbler split and lump on Updates/PS

May 3      Post newly described Sichuan Bush Warbler on Updates/PS

May 1       Post proposed Wood Rail splits on Updates/PS

Apr 26     Transition to 5.2  complete; thanks all

Apr 20     Start transition to 5.2

Apr 19      Accept Rothschild’s Grosbeak; generic revision pending

Apr 19      Accept ‘Ecuadorian’ Seedeater

Apr 16      Merge Megalaima spp into Psilopogon

Apr 15      Post proposed lump of Four-colored Bushshrike on Updates/PS

Apr 15      Decline Asian Rock Thrush

Apr 8       Decline “Maputaland’ Scrub Robin

Apr 8       Decline Socorro Warbler

Apr 5       Post potential lump of Red-billed Gull (w Silver Gull) on Updates/PS

Mar 30    Accept Chinese Blackbird

Mar 29    Stet subspecies status of Norfolk Whistler, pending full analysis

Mar 27    Accept Yellow-billed Honeyeater split

Mar 27    Accept Foulehaio splits

Mar 20   Accept Copperback Quail-thrush

Mar 20   Accept Naretha Bluebonnet

Mar 17    Lump Northern Parrotbill with Reed Parrotbill

Mar 16   Accept Northern Mealy Amazon

Mar 15   Post newly described Perijá Tapaculo on Updates/PS

Mar 15   Post proposed split of Black-fronted Francolin on Updates/PS

Mar 15   Post proposed split of Rapa Shearwater on Updates/PS

Mar 8    Complete IOC/eBird alignment review of nonpasserines

Mar 3    Resequence Gould’s Hummingbird to precede Brace’s Hummingbird

Feb 23   Lump Forsten’s Megapode (including buruensis) with Dusky Megapode

Feb 23   Restore incorrectly split Central Nicobar Serpent Eagle (S. minimus) to ssp of Crested Serpent Eagle

Feb 22   Treat newly described Campina Jay as a subspecies of  Azure-naped Jay

Feb 18   Change English name of Mottled Whistler to Mottled Berryhunter

Feb 17    Post proposed Northern Silvery Grebe split on Updates/PS

Feb 17    Decline PS Northern Lesser Woodcreeper per SACC

Feb 16    Move Ashy Gerygone to Acanthiza, Change English name to Grey Thornbill

Feb 15    Post proposed split of Necklaced Barbet on Updates/PS

Feb 14    Post proposed split of Tarim Babbler on Updates/PS

Feb 14    Post proposed split of ‘Band-backed’ Quail-thrush on Updates/PS

Feb 14    Post proposed split of Naretha Parrot on Updates/PS

Jan 22    Post proposed split of Chinese Blackbird on Updates/PS

Jan 16    5.1 is now available

Jan 12    Begin transition to 5.1

Jan 7      Post proposed split of  ‘Owston’s Flycatcher’ on Updates/PS

Jan 6      Withdraw provisional acceptance of Socorro Warbler; sampling of Tropical Parula inadequate

Jan 5      Post proposed split of Desert Tawny Owl on Updates/PS



Dec 31     Accept Black-fronted Brush Finch

Dec 31     Change English name of Fox Sparrow (P. iliaca) to Red Fox Sparrow

Dec 31     Accept Fox Sparrow splits

Dec 31     Accept Socorro Warbler (check sampling issues)

Dec 31     Accept Western Whistler

Dec 31     Accept Tepui [Sierra de Lema] Flycatcher; English name?

Dec 31     Change English name of Blossomcrown (A. floriceps) to Santa Marta Blossomcrown

Dec 31     Accept Andean Blossomcrown

Dec 31     Change English name of Plovercrest (S. lalandi) to Green-crested Plovercrest

Dec 31     Accept Purple-crested Plovercrest

Dec 25    Post proposed lump of Northern Parrotbill on Updates/PL

Dec 23    Post proposed split of Western Whistler on Updates/PS

Dec 20   Decline Tenerife Goldcrest pending full revision of complex

Dec 19    Revisit species epithet of Asian Brown Flycatcher (M. dauurica vs M. latirostris)

Dec 19    Accept Sulawesi [Streaked] Flycatcher

Dec 19    Treat  Sucunduri Flycatcher as subspecies of  Zimmer’s Flatbill

Dec 18    Decline Cuban Amazon splits

Dec 18    Post proposed split of Lyre-tailed Woodstar (Inaguan Lyretail?) on Updates/PS

Dec 17     Post proposed Sedge Wren splits on Updates/PS

Dec 15     Accept Varied Tit spits

Dec 15    Stet recognition of Tschudi’s Woodcreeper

Dec 11    Change English name to Congo Peacock to Congo Peafowl

Dec 7      Post proposed split of Socorro Warbler on Updates/PS

Dec 6      Accept split of Boa Nova Tapaculo Scytalopus gonzagai

Dec 6      Post proposed split of Sierra de Lema Flycatcher on Updates/PS

Dec 6      Post proposed splits of Atlapetes nigrifrons and A. meridae, respectively on Updates/PS

Dec 6       Change English name of Atlapetes latinuchus to Yellow-breasted Brush Finch

Nov 24    Post newly described Sulawesi Streaked Flycatcher on Updates/PS

Nov 22    Post proposed split of Rosalia Thrasher on Updates/PS

Nov 22    Post proposed split of Western Painted Bunting on Updates/PS

Nov 19    Revisit Hornbill Friarbird; post on Updates/PL

Nov 19    Post proposed split of  Northern Lesser Woodcreeper on Updates/PS

Nov 15    Divide storm petrels into Oceanitidae and Hydrobatidae

Nov 13    Accept Cliff Parakeet

Nov 13    Post proposed split of Blossomcrowns on Updates/PS

Nov 13    Post proposed split of Plovercrests on Updates/PS

Nov 13    Post PK Comparison of  IOC 4.4 genera with H&M4 (Passerines)

Nov 13    Accept Louisiade Whistler (includes rosseliana)

Nov 12    Correct status of  Tschudi’s Woodcreeper to PL

Nov 12    Transfer 4.2 DEL taxa from Updates/PS to Comments on Master List

Nov 1      IOC 4.4 installed

Oct 30    Transition to 4.4 nearing completion

Oct 26    Start transition to 4.4 website

Oct 26    Change Santa Marta Warbler to Myiothlypis

Oct 25    Finalize and proof updates for 4.4

Oct 24    Accept Three-striped Warbler splits

Oct 24   Post proposed split of Northern Mealy Amazon on Updates/PS

Oct 19    Accept Bougainville Whistler

Oct 19    Post revised hornbill classification incl corrigenda

Oct 18    Lump White-throated Whistler with Fiji Whistler

Oct 17    Decline Taveuni Whistler

Oct 14    Resequence Ceara Gnateater, sister to Ash-throated Gnateater

Oct 12    Accept Palkachupa Cotinga

Oct 11    Restore Roraiman Warbler

Oct 11    Accept Pale Baywing

Oct 2     Accept Riparian Antbird

Oct 2     Restore Phibalura to Cotingidae

Oct 2     Decline Turquoise-throated Barbet, Gold-faced Barbet splits

Oct 1     Decline Eastern Long-tailed Cuckoo split, pending vocals

Sept 6   Post Bahian [Mouse-colored] Tapaculo on Updates/NEW

Sept  1   Post proposed Giant Honeyeater split on Updates/PS

Aug 30  Accept Sooty Barbet and Yellow-eared Barbet splits

Aug 30  Decline Striated Grasswren splits pending improved sampling

Aug 30  Post proposed Wattled Honeyeater splits on Updates/PS

Aug 20  Post proposed Striated Grasswren splits on Updates/PS

Aug 18  Post proposed Asian barbet splits on Updates/PS

Aug 18  Update xml version of Master List to 4.3

Aug 10  Accept King Rail and ‘Clapper’ Rail splits

Aug 4    Completed transition to 4.3, except for xml version of Master List

Aug 4    Restore missing genus rows to Melampitta and Megalampitta

Aug 3    Restore missing genus row to Wattled Ploughbill (Eulacestoma)

Aug 2    4.3 spreadsheets added to website

Jul 28   Finalizing  updates for 4.3

Jul 28   Post proposed Varied Tit splits on Updates/PS

Jul 27   Accept lump of Long-tailed Pipit with Buffy Pipit

Jul 27   Accept lump of Kimberley Pipit with African Pipit

Jul 27   Decline proposed lump of Naung Mung Scimitar Babbler 

Jul 27   Accept Silver-backed Butcherbird split

Jul 25   Accept newly described Inambari Gnatcatcher

Jul 25   Correct species name of Cape White-eye to Zosterops virens

Jul 24   Lump Lepe Cisticola as ssp of Red-faced Cisticola

Jul 23   Change English names of Pheucticus chrysogaster and P. chrysopeplus to Golden Grosbeak and Yellow Grosbeak respectively

Jul 22   Accept Lineated Woodcreeper splits

Jul 21   Decline proposed revisions of Curve-billed Scythebill species complex pending new SACC proposals

Jul 19   Revise genera of cormorants and shags (Draft)

Jul 18   Post proposed split of Taiwanese Bamboo Partridge on Updates/PS

Jul 18   Post proposed split of Rodgers’s/Pacific Fulmar on Updates/PS

Jul 12   Post proposed split of Cayman Bullfinch on Updates/PS

Jul 12    Post proposed split of Riparian Antbird on Updates/PS

Jul 11     Post newly described Cryptic Treehunter on Updates/PS

Jul 11     Post proposed split of Yunnan Parrotbill on Updates/PS

Jul 11     Post proposed Three-striped Warbler splits on Updates/PS

Jul 11     Correct switched ranges for Kaka subspecies

Jul 1       Back from Uganda

Jun 5     Post proposed split of  Wakatobi Flowerpecker on Updates/PS

Jun 2     Revise classification of Icteridae (draft)

May 27  Post proposed split of Palmer’s Thrasher on Updates/PS

May 27  Post proposed lump of Lepe Cisticola with Red-faced Cisticola

May 27  Delete proposed Myrmotherula splits following SACC 618

May 27  Delete proposed Barred Woodcreeper splits following SACC 621

May 6    Separate Greater Melampitta to monotypic genus Megalampitta

May 6    Move melampittas from Incertae sedis 3 to new  family Melampittidae

May 6    Move Blue-capped Ifrit from Incertae sedis 3 to new monotypic family Ifritidae

May 6   Move Crested Bellbird from Incertae sedis 2 to new family Oreoicidae

May 6   Move Crested Pitohui  from Incertae sedis 2 to new family Oreoicidae

May 6   Move Rufous-naped Whistler from Incertae sedis 2 to new family Oreoicidae

May 6   Move Mottled Whistler from Incertae sedis 2 to new monotypic family Rhagologidae

May 6   Move Ploughbill from Incertae sedis 2 to new monotypic family Eulacestomidae

May 6   Merge Cracticidae, including Peltops, with Artamidae

May 6  Post proposed split of Roraiman Warbler on Updates/PS

May 5   Move Pygmy Drongo (Chaetorhynchus) from Dicruridae to Rhipiduridae, after Silktail (Lamprolia)

May 5   Resequence Fernwren (Oreoscopus) to follow Goldenface at beginning of Acanthizidae

May 5   Resequence Goldenface (Pachycare) to beginning of Acanthizidae

May 5   Accept Seychelles Black Parrot

May 2   Change English name of Scytalopus rodriguezi to Magdalena Tapaculo

Apr 28  Post proposed splits of Bahama Amazon and Grand Cayman Amazon on Updates/PS

Apr 24   Back at  desk. 4.2 installed. Thanks for contributions.

Apr 11   Post proposed lumps of Kimberley Pipit (=African) and Long-tailed Pipit (=Buffy) on Updates/PS

Apr 10   Start transition to v4.2

Apr 4     Move Groundscraper Thrush from Psophocichla to Turdus.

Apr 4      Move Tristan Thrush from Nesocichla to Turdus

Apr 3      Delete proposed Xiphorhynchus splits from Updates/PS following SACC (600)

Apr 3      Accept Timneh Parrot; recognition of subspecies P.t. princeps under review

Mar 25   Delete 20 proposed splits from active consideration on Updates/PS; restore when justified by new data

Mar 23   Post proposed Sumichrast’s Scrub Jay split on Updates/PS

Mar 19   Separate Spotted Wren-Babbler from Timaliidae/Spelaeornis to Elachuridae/Elachura/’Spotted’ Elachura

Mar 18   Post proposed Eastern Long-tailed Cuckoo split on Updates/PS

Mar 5     Change name of Sirystes sibilator from Eastern Sirystes to Sibilant Sirystes

Mar 2     Post proposed Cyanocompsa and Amaurospiza splits on Updates/PS

Mar 2     Accept Helmetcrest splits. Change English name of Oxypogon guerinii to Green-bearded Helmetcrest

Feb 27    Accept Negro Stipple-throated Antwren and Madeira Stipple-throated Antwren; English names tentative.

Feb 26    Accept Snethlage’s Antpitta and Alta Floresta Antpitta

Feb 25    Retain Yasuni Antwren for now

Feb 24    Accept Dusky Leaftosser as first step to revising this species complex

Feb 24    Accept splits of Eastern Sirystes (White-rumped, Todd’s, Sibilant)

Feb 23    Accept Tropeiro Seedeater

Feb 23    Accept Acre Tody-Tyrant

Feb 23   Revise Alaudidae; xls format

Feb 22   Post Subantarctic Shearwater on Updates/PS

Feb 16   Change English name of Aulacorhynchus whitelianus from Whitely’s Toucanet to Tepui Toucanet

Feb 15   Post ‘Maputaland’ Scrub Robin on Updates/PS

Feb 13    Revise lark genera Updates/Taxonomy

Feb 10    Lump Sidamo Lark with Archer’s Lark

Feb 3      Post Santa Marta Wood Wren on Updates/PS

Feb 1       Post Sao Paulo [Marsh] Antwren on Updates/NEW

Jan 27    Post Xingu Cardinal split on Updates/PS

Jan 22    Edit Ranges of rosefinches (C. pulcherrimus, C. davidianus, C. waltoni)

Jan 21    Correct Range and Authority of Melanesian Whistler, following split of New Caledonian Whistler

Jan 17    Transition to 4.1 complete. Thanks for corrections.  Reports of errors,  link problems etc welcome

Jan 17     Post Peter Kovalik’s Multilingual IOC 4.1. Hundreds of Chinese vernacular names are added –  for almost all species. These new Chinese names come from the webpage: http://baike.niaolei.org.cn/, which follows IOC taxonomy: number of species, scientific and English names too.

Jan 17     Post Peter Kovalik’s enlarged  (=super!) IOC 4.1 comparison file. It includes not only species but also subspecies (and Clements’ group taxa) as well as two older but important checklists: Sibley & Monroe 1993 and all volumes of Peters checklist.  Thanks, Peter!

Jan 7       Transition to 4.1 underway

Jan 7       Sequence Falconiformes/Psittaciformes before Passeriformes

Jan 6       Sequence Anseriformes before Galliformes



Dec 31     Transfer Grandala to Turdidae

Dec 31     Accept Manipore Warbling Antbird

Dec 31     Accept Aripuana and Predicted Antwrens

Dec 31     Post proposed Curved Scythebill splits on Updates/PS

Dec 31     Post proposed Lineated Woodcreeper splits on Updates/PS

Dec 31     Post proposed Barred Woodcreeper splits on Updates/PS

Dec 31     Post proposed Purus Antwren split on Updates/PS

Dec 31     Post proposed Natterer’s Puffbird split on Updates/PS

Dec 30    Post revision of Muscicapidae 4.1 (Draft)

Dec 30    Subspecies updates and revisions

Dec 21    Revise Beautiful Rosefinch (pulcherrimus) species complex. Link to Summary

Dec 21    Lump Spotted Great Rosefinch with [Caucasian] Great Rosefinch

Dec 21     Accept Pale Rosefinch

Dec 20    Decline Tasmanian Masked Owl. Good subspecies, but case for species is weak. Need a comprehensive review of masked owls

Dec 15     Accept Bicolored Antbird/White-cheeked Antbird split

Dec 14     Restore traditional names with patronyms for Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo and Baudin’s Black Cockatoo

Dec 14     Correct English names of “Angola” Batis, Lark, Swallow and Cave Chat to adjectival forms

Dec 14     Accept Arabian Scops Owl

Dec 13     Accept Plumbeous Tyrant; change English name of Knipolegus signatus from Andean Tyrant to Jelski’s Black Tyrant

Dec 13     Post proposed Oxypogon splits on Updates/PS

Dec 11      Post proposed Sirystes splits on Updates/PS

Nov 30    Accept Gosling’s Bunting

Nov 30    Accept Mexican Hermit

Nov 26    Post Stipple-throated Antwren splits on Updates/PS

Nov 26    Correct genus of three Slaty Flycatchers species from Dioptrornis to Melaenornis

Nov 26    Correct range of Desert Sparrow

Nov 12    Accept Bornean Forktail

Nov 7      Treat whittakeri as subspecies of Spottted Antpitta pending SACC evaluation of the species complex.

Nov 4      Post proposed split(s) of Tawny-throated Leaftosser complex on Updates/PS

Nov 4      Future updates will be aligned to calendar year, e.g. v4.1 – 4.4 (2014)

Nov 3      Decline proposed Fig Parrot splits

Nov 1       Assign DOI numbers to IOC Master List 3.1 to 3.5

Nov 1       Post proposed splits of Black-fronted Fig Parrot and Dusky-cheeked Fig Parrot on Updates/PS list

Oct 30      Merge Standard-winged Nightjar and Pennant-winged Nightjar (Macrodipteryx) into Caprimulgus

Oct 27      Post proposed splits of Golden Whistler complex on Updates/PS list

Oct 26      Accept subspecies of New Zealand Plover

Oct 20      Post Sargeant’s Comparison of IOC 3.5 v Clements 6.8

Oct 6        Accept Rennell Whistler and New Caledonian Whistler

Oct 5        Change species name of Moltoni’s Warbler to Sylvia subalpina 

Oct 4        Post Omani Owl on Updates/PS list

Sept 30   Transition to 3.5 complete

Sept 28   Master List and LifeList+ 3.5  now online (IOC Lists)

Sept 27   Post Western Subalpine Warbler on Updates/PS list

Sept 25    Post White-cheeked Antbird on Updates/PS list

Sept 23   Start transition to 3.5

Sept 22   Split (extinct) Mascarene Sheldgoose into Mauritius Sheldgoose and Reunion Sheldgoose

Sept 22   Change English name of Ptilinopus insularis to Henderson Fruit Dove

Sept 22   Change English names of Robsonius rabori (Cordillera Ground Warbler) and Rsorsogonensis (Bicol Ground Warbler)

Sept 22   Accept Sierra Madre Ground Warbler

Sept 21   Completed Nonpasserine Range upgrades

Sept 19   Accept Mistletoe Tyrannulet, Venezuelan Tyrannulet (petersi), Coopmans’s Tyrannulet, Chico’s Tyrannulet

Sept 19   Change English name of Porzana atra (Red-eyed Crake) to Henderson Crake

Sept 17   Accept Zarudny’s Sparrow

Sept 16   Lump  3 species of Ortygospiza into one ‘Quailfinch’

Sept 15   Post “Sierra Madre” Ground Warbler to Updates/PS List; revisit English names of species

Sept 15   Change group name of Robsonius spp from Babbler to Ground Warbler

Sept 15   Move Robsonius from Pellorneidae to Locustellidae

Sept 15   Decline Paradise Flycatcher splits based on mtDNA tree

Sept 13   Merge Finschia into Mohoua

Sept 13   Recognize Mohouidae, resequence to follow Campephagidae

Sept 12   Accept Iberian Green Woodpecker. Decline Zagros Green Woodpecker

Sept 10   Accept Pale-blue Monarch

Sept 4     Post ‘new’ species described in HBW Special Volume on Updates/PS List

Sept 4     Revisit taxonomy of 3 species of Quailfinches ; post proposed lump on Updates/PS List

Aug 22    Post proposed lump of Spotted Great Rosefinch with Caucasian Great Rosefinch on Updates/PS List

Aug 22    Post proposed split of Pale Rosefinch Carpodacus stoliczkae from Sinai Rosefinch on Updates/PS List

Aug 22    Accept Taiwan Rosefinch

Aug 18    Correct and clarify Ranges of Vermiculated Screech Owl species complex

Aug 18    Delete Middle American Screech Owl subspecies M.g. tomlini (=hastatus) and M.g. thompsoni (=guatemalae)

Aug 18    Change “Madagascar” in English names to adjectival “Madagascan”

Aug 16    Revise generic classification of Paridae to follow Johansson et al 2013

Aug 16    Move Cephalopyrus from Remizidae to Paridae

Aug 16    Accept Caspian Tit

Aug 10    Change English name of Myrmeciza immaculata to Blue-lored Antbird

Aug 10    Accept newly described species Delta Amacuro Softtail

Aug 8      Decline split of Tiboli Sunbird to await more data

Aug 8       Accept Philippine Aethopyga splits (Magnificent, Maroon-naped, Bohol, Luzon Sunbirds)

Aug 8       Treat newly described Seram Masked Owl as subspecies of Tyto sororcula

Aug 8       Accept Cambodian Tailorbird

Aug 8       Decline Spotted Boobook, Red Boobook

Aug 8       Accept Ameline Swiftlet

Aug 5        Change English name of Artemisiospiza nevadensis to Sagebrush Sparrow

Aug 3       Taxonomic and authority updates

Aug 1        Change English name of Drymophila caudata to East Andean Antbird

July 29    Post proposed split of Mexican Hermit on Updates/PS List

July 25    Transfer Swamp Prinia to Laticilla in Pellorneidae;  accompanies Rufous-vented Prinia (3.4)

July 23    Accept Junin Tapaculo

July 23    Begin upgrades of ranges of monotypic species

July 20    Revise Aratinga to four genera

July 13     Start log of corrections and edits of nomenclature authorities

July 6       Accept Chinese Wren-babbler

July 4       Assign Geomalia heinrichi to Zoothera

July 3       Accept Ochre-backed Woodpecker

July 3       Accept Zappey’s Flycatcher

July 3       Correct status of Ua Pou Monarch to Extant

June 30   Post newly described Junin Tapaculo on Updates/PS list

June 30   Transition to v3.4 is nearly complete; please report problems

June 26   Post newly described Cambodian Tailorbird on Updates/PS List

June 24   Post new H&M4 splits (Spotted Boobook, Red Boobook, Tasmanian Masked Owl, Ameline Swiftlet) on Updates/PS

June 23   Revise generic classification of Meliphagidae to follow Nyári & Joseph 2011

June 22   Start transition to version 3.4

June 19   Post proposed split of Tropeiro Seedeater on Updates/PS List

June 19   Post proposed split of Zappey’s Flycatcher on Updates/PS List

June 19   Post proposed split of Arabian Scops Owl on Updates/PS List

June 16   Accept Rinjani Scops Owl (Otus jolandae)

June 14   Accept Lesser Sooty Owl (Tyto multipunctata)

June 14   Accept Baja Pygmy Owl  (Glaucidium hoskinsii)

June 13   Post working revision of Muscicapidae following Sangster et al 2010, Zuccon & Ericson 2010 at https://www.dropbox.com/s/cfkjn6aylz7mni9/Muscicapidae.xlsx

June 13  Post working revision of Meliphagidae incorporating revisions of Lichenostomus at https://www.dropbox.com/s/yox0u0yun0penyc/Meliphagidae%203.xlsx

June 8    Post proposed split of Gosling’s Bunting on Updates/PS list

June 6    Post proposed split of Lesser Sooty Owl on Updates/PS list

June 6    Accept ‘Raja Ampat’ Pitohui  and Southern Variable Pitohui

June 6    Post proposed splits of Clapper and King Rail populations s on Updates/PS List; address nomenclature and English name issues

June 5    Lump Plain-breasted Earthcreeper (Upucerthia jelskii) into Buff-breasted Earthcreeper (U. validirostris)

June 4    Accept Solomons Nightjar (Eurostopodus nigripennis) and New Caledonian Nightjar (E. exul)

June 4    Accept Palau Nightjar (Caprimulgus phalaena)

June 4    Accept Mindoro Racket-tail (Prioniturus mindorensis)

May 19   Correct nomenclature of Orange River Francolin (HM4)

May 19   Change species name of Island Leaf Warbler to P. maforensis, which has priority over frequently used P. poliocephalus.

May 19   Move ssp phaeolaemus from Aulacorhynchus griseigularis to A. albivitta

May 19   Remove extinct dagger from Ua Pou Monarch (Pratt)

May 19   Fix spelling of Falco p. furuitii

May 18   Revise Pitohui and Colluricincla

May 11   Accept Sage Sparrow (A nevadensis) split from ‘Bell’s Sparrow’ (A. belli) with English name transfer.

May 11  Move Peltops spp to beginning of Cracticidae

May 7     Post gender correction for Spinus thibetana

May 6     Correct spelling of Falco peregrinus fruitii to P.f. furuitii. DD: It’s hard to beat the combined wisdom of the Bird Forum participants. I am quite aware of article 32.5.1 of the Code. But what completely slipped my attention in my review of Momiyama, 1927 were the statements “Collected by Mr. I Furuiti” and, especially, the even more compelling “The subspecific name is given in honour of Mr. I. Furuiti who collected this form for me” incorporated into the paper itself. I completely agree with the conclusion that this is sufficient internal evidence to justify the emendation to furuitii in accordance with the Code.

May 4     Discussion of correct spelling of Falco peregrinus fruitii, vs furuitii to Bird Forum

Mar 31    Time out to Myanmar and Eagles Nest; back May 3

Mar 25     Add Seram Masked Owl to PS list (Jønsson et al 2013)

Mar 25     Post draft of revised format for IOC Master List spreadsheet for comment

Mar 23     Revise  Lichenostomus (7 genera) as proposed by Nyári & Joseph (2011)

Mar 22     Adopt Sangster et al’s (2010) subfamily structure of the Muscicapidae

Mar 18     Delete Cipo Cinclodes from PS list (SACC 548); treat as subspecies of Long-tailed Cinclodes

Mar 17     Move  Myophonus,  Heinrichia, Heteroxenicus, Brachypteryx from Turdidae to Muscicapidae/Saxicolinae

Mar 17     Move Leonardina from Pellorneidae to Muscicapidae/Saxicolinae (Sangster et al 2010)

Mar 16     Lump Green-crowned Woodnymph (Thalurania fannyi) with Violet-crowned Woodnymph (T. colombica). Change English name of T. colombica to Crowned Woodnymph (SACC 558).

Mar 14     Post Peter Kovalik’s Master Spreadsheet that compares IOC 3.3 with Clements 6.7, TiF 2.85, BirdLife 5 and IBC/HBW list. All in 1 file!!!

Mar 12     Change English name of Thamnophilus atrinucha to Black-crowned Antshrike (SACC 570)

Mar 12     Accept Antioquia Wren (Lara et al 2012, SACC 562)

Mar 10     Subspecies and authority corrections and updates

Feb 28     Review of Zimmerius splits (Rheindt et al 2013) underway

Feb 27      Revision of Muscicapoidea underway (see Sangster et al 2010, Zuccon & Ericson 2010, TIF)

Feb 24      Defer splits of Elaenia sordida and Elaenia brachypterus pending vocals and more samples

Accept splits of Tepui Elaenia (Elaenia olivina) and Chilean Elaenia (E. chilensis); retain ‘Peruvian Elaenia (E. modesta) on PS list.

Feb 23      Accept/ADD Pincoya Storm Petrel  (Harrison et al Auk 2013)

Update genus (Laticilla) and family (Pellorneidae) of Rufous-vented Prinia (Olsson et al 2013)

Settle English names of Schiffornis splits

Start review of Elaenia PS taxa

Add Philippine Aethopyga spp to PS list

Add Otus jolandae to New/PS list

Feb 18       Final cleanup of 3.3

Jan 30       Away til Feb 17 (FG Panama/Mexico; DD Morocco, Canaries)

Jan 28          Release 3.3 spreadsheets

Jan 28          Review and Update PS list

Jan 26 -27  Update website to 3.3, including Master List web pages, with updates in red.

Jan 25          Finalize Updates and edit Master spreadsheet  3.3, highlighting updates in red

Jan 13          Add taxonomic notes to various subspecies in Master spreadsheet 3.3.

Jan 13          Add ssp holti  and nominate subspecies of Pale-browed Treehunter.


Dec 30           Revised Caprimulgidae posted for review and comment

Dec 29           Add Delta Amacuro Softtail to PS list

Dec 28           Accept split of African Spotted Creeper;  Add modifier – Indian Spotted Creeper

Dec 28           Accept Italian Sparrow

Dec 23          Remove Tibetan Grey  (Giant) Shrike (L. giganteus) and Northern Grey Shrike (L.borealis) from PS list; await          improved resolution of this complex.

Dec 18           Revised Accipitridae out for review

Dec 16           Revised Fringillidae 3.3 posted for comment (Updates/Taxonomy)

Nov 29          Accept split of Zeledon’s Antbird

Nov 26         Accept lumps of Sao Tome and Principe Kingfishers (=Malachite Kingfisher)

Nov 25         Review Clements 6.7 updates

Nov 25         Accept Andean Ibis and Two-banded Puffbird splits

Nov 24         Add Schiffornis and Drymophila splits (with provisional English names) and other SACC decisions

Nov 22         Draft  of revised Fringillidae classification ready for review

Nov 21          Initial posts of  provisional/draft updates for v3.3

Nov 17          Complete release of 3.3, including primary edits of html list pages

Nov 15          Separate 3.2 web page “Tanagers, Cardinals and allies” from “Buntings, Tanagers and allies”

Nov 15          Separate  3.2 web page “Babblers” from “Old World Warblers”

Nov 15          Restore  missing Scotocercidae, Erythrocercidae, Arcanatoridae to 3.2 web pages

Nov 14          Correct Range (3.3) of Elegant Euphonia to include full range of  E. e. elegantissima (including  E.e. vincens)

Nov 14          Correct Range (3.3) of Brown-necked Parrot to include ssp suahelicus

Nov 14          Restore Scopoli’s Shearwater  and Philippine Hawk-Owl splits to 3.2 html pages

Nov 13          Address 3.2 html web page issues

Oct 16            FG off to South Africa, back Nov 11

Oct 15            Start transition of website to 3.2; Master Files released

Oct 4              Finalize v3.2 files for release

Oct 4              Add Alta Floresta Antpitta and Snethlage’s Antpitta to Updates/New, Proposed Split

Oct 1               Add Zimmerius splits to Updates/Proposed Splits

Sept 22         Accept Scopoli’s Shearwater, split from Cory’s Shearwater; add to Updates/Species

Sept 21         Reject Terpsiphone incei as Proposed Split from T. paradisi; nDNA data needed to counter possibility of hybridization and introgression with T. atrocaudata (F.Rheindt, P. Rasmussen).

Sept 20        Change English name of Philippine Hawk-Owl to Luzon Hawk-Owl

Sept 20        Accept Philippine Hawk-Owl splits and 2 new species; add to Updates/Species

Sept 15         Accept Shiffornis splits, English names pending

Sept 13         Add Paradise Flycatcher revisions (4 splits, 1 lump) to Updates/PS

Sept 12        Accept Green-backed (Trilling?) Tailorbird to Master List; Resolve English Name

Sept 11        Add Brilliant Sunangel to Updates/PS

Sept 9         Add Sao Tome Kingfisher and Principe Kingfisher to Updates/PL

Sept 9         Add Seychelles Vasa Parrot to Updates/PS

Sept 9         Add Zeledon’s Antbird to Updates/PS

Sept 8         Change English name of Pied Fantail to Malaysian Pied Fantail

Sept 8         Change English name of Blue Fantail to Mindanao Blue Fantail

Sept 8         Accept 4 Philippine fantail (Rhipidura) splits on Updates/PS to Master List

Sept 6         Correct Blue-capped Ifrita to Blue-capped Ifrit

Sept 2         Add Brown-streaked Flycatcher to Master List

Sept 2         Add Philippine Hawk Owl splits to Updates/PS

Sept 1          Add Long-tailed Antbird splits to Updates/PS

Sept 1          Add Cipo Cinclodes to Updates/PS

Sept 1          Add Bahia Spinetail Synallaxis whitneyi to Updates/PL

Aug 30        Add Mindoro Racket-tail to Updates/PS

Aug 30?      Move Scotocercus from Incertae sedis to Scotocercidae, New Family

Aug 30?      Move Erythrocercus spp from Incertae sedis to Erythrocercidae, New Family

Aug 30        Change Scientific name of Moluccan Cuckoo to Cacomantis aeruginosus Salvadori, 1878

Aug 30        Reassign ssp aeruginosus from Rusty-breasted Cuckoo to Moluccan Cuckoo; Delete Bronze Brush Cuckoo       from Updates/PS

Aug 25        Revised Ranges of  Kentish Plover ssp  C.a.alexandrinus and C.a.dealbatus

Aug 25        Add Kentish Plover ssp C.a.nihonensis to Master List (Kennerly et al 2008)

Aug 23       Revised Ranges of  Clapper Rail ssp  R.l.waynei and R.l.pelodramus

Aug 20       Add Cebu Hawk Owl and Camiguen Hawk Owl to Updates/NEW