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2020 AOS Classification Committee Proposals, Part 1

As we have in the past, here is the first rundown of the new bird taxonomy proposals submitted to the American Ornithological Society’s North and Middle America Classification Committee for 2020. The AOSNMACC is the volunteer group of ornithologists who make the split, lump, and name-change decisions that influence the ABA Checklist and our field [read more…]

Would You Count It If . . . ?

A week ago, Jason Ward and I were on a boat trip out of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Birds were our objective, needless to say, but we were well pleased with our haul of cetaceans—including a particularly photogenic humpback whale. In reviewing his images of the whale, Jason came across this photo:

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2019 AOS Supplement is Out!

Every summer, birders anxiously await publication of the “Check-list Supplement” by the American Ornithological Society’s Committee on Classification and Nomenclature of North and Middle American Birds (a.k.a. the NACC). The supplement, available here, details revisions to the NACC’s Check-list. Below is a brief rundown of those changes.You can read all the proposals on which the [read more…]

Amazing Milestone for Guy McCaskie

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How many bird species are on the official list of your state or province? If you’re an [read more…]

2019 AOS Classification Committee Proposals, Part 3

The third and fourth batches of 2019 bird taxonomy proposals submitted to the American Ornithological Society’s North and Middle America Classification Committee have recently been released. For those who might not know, this committee is the volunteer group of ornithologists who make the split, lump, and name-change decisions that influence the ABA Checklist and our [read more…]

SNEAK PEEK! Birder’s Guide to Listing & Taxonomy, 2018

The 2018 issue of Birder’s Guide to Listing & Taxonomy is currently being mailed. American Birding Association members should be finding it in their mailboxes–within the pages of the December Birding–any day now. But you don’t have to wait until then to see what’s inside. You can see the entirety of this issue [read more…]

2019 AOS Classification Committee Proposals, Part 1

2019 is a new year, and time for new bird taxonomy proposals submitted to the American Ornithological Society’s North and Middle America Classification Committee, the volunteer group of ornithologists who make the split, lump, and name-change decisions that influence the ABA Checklist and our field guides.

We suggest the usual caveat that you are undoubtedly [read more…]

ABA Checklist Committee Adds Black-backed Oriole to ABA Checklist

In recent weeks, members of the ABA Checklist Committee (CLC) added an additional species to the ABA Checklist, Black-backed Oriole, Icterus abeillei, based on a well-documented record in Pennsylvania in 2017, and subsequent reports from Massachusetts and Connecticut that are widely considered to be the same individual.

Full accounts for these and other decisions made [read more…]

ABA Checklist Committee adds Four More Species to ABA Checklist

In recent weeks, members of the ABA Checklist Committee (CLC) have added four additional species to the ABA Checklist. Three are vagrants from the Old World–Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka), Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus), and Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio). The fourth is a vagrant species from Middle America, Great Black Hawk (Buteogallus urubitinga),

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2018 AOS Supplement is Out!

Every summer, birders anxiously await publication of the “Check-list Supplement” by the American Ornithological Society’s Committee on Classification and Nomenclature of North and Middle American Birds (a.k.a. the NACC). The supplement, available here, details revisions to the NACC’s Check-list. Below is a brief rundown of those changes.You can read all the proposals on which the [read more…]