Nikon Monarch 7

aba events

ABA Adds Zino’s Petrel, #982

On 16 September 1995, Brian Patteson photographed a Pterodroma petrel off Hatteras, North Carolina. At the time Pterodroma taxonomy and identification were in their infancy. The identity of the bird remained unresolved for 17 years, until Steve Howell, in his 2012 book Petrels, Albatrosses, and Storm-Petrels of North America, identified the bird as a Zino’s Petrel.

Shortly after Howell’s (2012) book was published, the North Carolina Bird Records Committee (NCBRC) reviewed the record of Zino’s Petrel and rejected the identification in a split vote.

Zino's Petrel, off Hatteras, NC, Sep. 1995 - photo by Brian Patteson, used with permission

Zino’s Petrel, off Hatteras, NC, Sep. 1995 – photo by Brian Patteson, used with permission

Earlier this year, in their book, North Atlantic Seabirds: Pterodroma Petrels, Bob Flood and Ashley Fisher agreed with Howell’s determination, also calling the bird a Zino’s Petrel.

Because two well-received books by seabird experts identified the petrel as a Zino’s Petrel—a potential first for the ABA Area—the ABA Checklist Committee (CLC) decided to review the record in November 2013.

The CLC communicated extensively with the chair of the NCBRC and alerted the committee that the CLC was voting on the record despite the previous “no” vote in 2012. Over the past several weeks, recent publications on the identification of Fea’s and Zino’s petrels were shared with the NCBRC, which revoted on the record in November 2013 and unanimously agreed to accept it as a Zino’s Petrel.

Subsequently, the decision by the CLC was finalized and all eight members voted to accept the identification adding Zino’s Petrel to the ABA Checklist. As a result, both committees are now in agreement.

Zino’s Petrel becomes the 982nd species on the Checklist.

Facebooktwitter
The following two tabs change content below.
Bill Pranty

Bill Pranty

Bill Pranty has lived and birded in central Florida for more than 35 years. Pranty’s studies emphasize the documentation of Florida’s diverse avifauna, with a focus on its exotic species. His research has added four species to the ABA Checklist—Egyptian Goose, Purple Swamphen, Nanday Parakeet, and Common Myna—all of them exotics from Florida. Pranty is chairman of the ABA Checklist Committee, and a technical reviewer for and frequent contributor to Birding magazine. He has written dozens of peer-reviewed ornithological papers and is the author or co-author of six books, among these a Birder's Guide to Florida, the ABA Checklist, and the ABA Field Guide to Birds of Florida.
American Birding Podcast
Birders know well that the healthiest, most dynamic choruses contain many different voices. The birding community encompasses a wide variety of interests, talents, and convictions. All are welcome.
If you like birding, we want to hear from you.
Read More »

Recent Comments

Categories

Authors

Archives

ABA's FREE Birder's Guide

If you live nearby, or are travelling in the area, come visit the ABA Headquarters in Delaware City.

Beginning this spring we will be having bird walks, heron watches and evening cruises, right from our front porch! Click here to view the full calender, and register for events >>

via email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • Open Mic: Rocky Mountain Encounter at Camp Colorado December 9, 2017 5:50
    From American Dippers to White-tailed Ptarmigan to new friends and new birding skills, a young birder shares her experience at 2017 Camp Colorado. […]
  • Open Mic: Endemics, Research, and Adventure on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula December 2, 2017 9:23
    As we flew through a gap in the lush, green mountains to land on a thin airstrip, I anticipated the birding and research I was about to experience on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica, the world’s most bio-intense area. […]
  • The Warbler Guide Comes to Android: A Review November 26, 2017 3:08
    Many people would say we are currently in the golden age of bird books. As we learn more and more about birds, and that information becomes more and more accessible, a huge number of bird books have been published. We have whole books dedicated to molt, tricky identifications in the Western Palearctic, the birdlife of […]

Follow ABA on Twitter