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DEC 2018

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36 Birder's Guide to Listing & Taxonomy | December 2018 Check-list Supplement Redux, v. 2018 • Arizona Woodpecker (Picoides arizonae ➛ Dryobates arizonae) Split of Luscinia –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– The Old World chat genus Luscinia has been split. ABA Area species are now as follows. • Siberian Blue Robin (Luscinia cyane ➛ Larvivora cyane) • Rufous-tailed Robin (Luscinia sibilans ➛ Larvivora sibilans) • Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica ➛ Cyanecula svecica) • Siberian Rubythroat (Luscinia calliope ➛ Calliope calliope) Split of Pterodroma –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– • Tahiti Petrel (Pterodroma rostrata ➛ Pseudobulweria rostrata) Pseudobulweria has been split from Pterodroma. The effect in the ABA Area is that Tahiti Petrel has had a change of genus. only one species in the genus, while South America has an additional two. In the ABA Area, we now have the following. • Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum) • Baird's Sparrow (Ammodramus bairdii ➛ Centronyx bairdii) • Henslow's Sparrow (Ammodramus henslowi ➛ Centronyx henslowii ) • LeConte's Sparrow (Ammodramus leconteii ➛ Ammospiza leconteii) • Seaside Sparrow (Ammodramus maritima ➛ Ammospiza maritima) • Nelson's Sparrow (Ammodramus nelsoni ➛ Ammospiza nelsoni) • Saltmarsh Sparrow (Ammodramus caudacuta ➛ Ammospiza caudacuta) Split of Picoides –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– The woodpecker genus Picoides has been split. ABA Area species are now as follows, in this sequence. • American Three-toed Woodpecker (Picoides dorsalis) • Black-backed Woodpecker (Picoides arcticus) • Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) • Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens ➛ Dryobates pubescens) • Nuttall's Woodpecker (Picoides nuttallii ➛ Dryobates nuttallii ) • Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris ➛ Dryobates scalaris) • Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis ➛ Dryobates borealis) • Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus ➛ Dryobates villosus) • White-headed Woodpecker (Picoides albolarvatus ➛ Dryobates albolarvatus) The ABA Area's familiar Downy Woodpecker is now placed in the genus Dryobates . Photo © Jessica Kirste Due to a split of its genus, Grasshopper Sparrow is now the only member of the genus Ammodramus found in North America. Photo © Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren Japanese Bush-Warbler is now placed in the genus Horornis . The species is established in the Hawaiian Islands, where this individual was photographed (on O'ahu). Photo © Michael Walther

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