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2016 AOU Supplement is Out!

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

2016 AOU Check-list Proposals, Part 2

Here it is, the next batch of proposed taxonomic updates to the AOU North American Check-list, which in turn are incorporated into the ABA Checklist. We’re doing something a little different this time, as the second batch of proposals for 2016 refers almost entirely to species that are not found in the ABA Area, so [read more…]

YOUR TURN: Understanding Phylogenetics

These days, when you hear about a species bing “split” or “lumped”, you can probably bet that at the heart of the decision was a scientific paper about genetics that included phylogenetic trees. And unless you have a background in biology, you may be confused about what you’re seeing. That’s why we asked ornithologist Nick [read more…]

How should we pronounce Trindade?

In the 2015 version of the annual Check-list Redux article in Birder’s Guide to Listing and Taxonomy, one of the changes I listed was a split of Herald Petrel. The species found in the northern Atlantic Ocean (and, thus, in the Gulf Stream) is now called Trindade Petrel. Trindade isn’t a word most of us [read more…]

SNEAK PEEK! Birder’s Guide to Listing & Taxonomy, 2015

The 2015 issue of Birder’s Guide to Listing & Taxonomy is now being printed. That means that, if you’re an ABA member, you should find it in your mailbox in the next couple weeks. But you don’t have to wait until then to see what’s inside. And neither do non-members. You can see the entirety [read more…]

2015 AOU Supplement is Out!

Every summer, birders anxiously await publication of the “Check-list Supplement” by the American Ornithologists’ Union’s Committee on Classification and Nomenclature of North and Middle American Birds (NACC). The Supplement details revisions to its Check-list. Below is a brief rundown of those changes. (You can see the Supplement here.) Be sure to check out the ABA’s [read more…]

2015 AOU Check-list Proposals, Part 3

Here it is, the third and likely last document containing the proposed taxonomic updates to the AOU North American Check-list, which in turn are incorporated into the ABA Checklist. This batch contains 10 proposals that have been submitted in 2014 and early 2015, not all of which involve ABA-Area birds as the AOU’s North American [read more…]

2015 AOU Check-list Proposals, Part 2

Here it is, the second document containing the proposed taxonomic updates to the AOU North American Check-list, which in turn are incorporated into the ABA Checklist. This batch contains 13 proposals that have been submitted in 2014, not all of which involve ABA-Area birds as the AOU’s North American jurisdiction includes Mexico and Central America [read more…]

2015 AOU Check-list Proposals, Part 1

Split and lump season is coming early this year, and the first document containing the proposed taxonomic updates to the AOU North American Check-list, which in turn are incorporated into the ABA Checklist, has been released, a full two month earlier than last year. This first batch contains 12 proposals that have been submitted in [read more…]

2014 AOU Check-list Supplement is Out!

Every summer, birders anxiously await publication of the “Check-list Supplement” by the American Ornithologists’ Union’s North American Classification Committee (NACC). The Supplement details revisions to its Check-list (e.g., lumps, splits, new species, new classifications, etc.). Below is a brief rundown of those changes. (You can see the Supplement here.) Be sure to check out the [read more…]