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2014 AOU Check-list Proposals, Part 3

And here we are with the third and final(?) installment of the American Ornithologists’ Union’s annual check-list committee supplement proposals, which in turn are incorporated into the ABA Checklist.

This batch contains an additional 9 proposals that have been submitted in 2013, not all of which involve ABA-Area birds as the AOU’s North American jurisdiction [read more…]

2014 AOU Check-list Proposals, Part 2

The second document containing the proposed taxonomic updates to the AOU North American Check-list, which in turn are incorporated into the ABA Checklist, has been recently released. This batch contains 10 proposals that have been submitted in 2013, not all of which involve ABA-Area birds as the AOU’s North American jurisdiction includes Mexico and Central [read more…]

2014 AOU Check-list Committee Proposals, Part 1

It’s split and lump season already, 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 recently released. This first batch contains 10 proposals that have been submitted in 2013, not all of which involve ABA-Area birds as the [read more…]

2013 AOU Check-List Changes

The July issue of The Auk has just been published by the American Ornithologists’ Union, and like every year, it contains a supplement to the AOU Check-List. The ABA Checklist automatically adopts changes in taxonomy adopted by the AOU, so these changes are in effect immediately with regard to the ABA Checklist.

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2013 AOU Check-list Committee Proposals – Part 3

They’re coming fast now. Not much more than a week after the second batch of proposals drops comes the third. Thanks to Morgan Churchill for keeping on top of the AOU’s actions and posting them on the ABA’s Facebook Discussion Group.

The disclaimers that should be second nature by now apply once more. These are [read more…]

2013 AOU Check-list Committee Proposals – Part 2

The second round of AOU Check-list proposals was released last week. The entire South America heavy set is available at the AOU website here (.pdf), but just like last time I’ll keep the focus on those that will potentially affect the ABA-Area.

The same disclaimer applies as well. It’s important to note that these are [read more…]

2013 AOU Check-list Committee Proposals

The 2012 AOU Check-list proposals are out, with the potential for a couple new species splits in the ABA-Area. [read more…]

More 2012 AOU Checklist Changes

I know what you're thinking. "More checklist changes–what have they done now?!" On the species level, there have been no more changes affecting the ABA Area than were covered in the September 2012 issue (pp. 30–33) of Birding. But there were a number of higher-level taxonomic changes and scientific name changes that were not covered [read more…]

New AOU Check-list Changes

The 53rd Supplement to the American Ornithologists’ Union Check-list of North American Birds was published this week, with an extensive array of taxonomic changes including a split of the Xantus’s Murrelet and dramatic rearrangements of falcons and parrots to new positions on the list. [read more…]

AOU Check-list Proposals

As we begin a new birding year, let’s look ahead to proposals that are awaiting action by the American Ornithologists’ Union “Check-list Committee.” Many of these involve ABA Area birds, most notably a split of the Gray Hawk into two species (only one of them found in the ABA Area).

The AOU Committee on Classification [read more…]