Birder's Guide

DEC 2018

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37 December 2018 | Birder's Guide to Listing & Taxonomy It is now Pseudobulweria rostrata. Split of Cettia –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– • Japanese Bush-Warbler (Cettia diphone ➛ Horornis diphone) Japanese Bush-Warbler, established in Hawaii, has changed from Cettia diphone to Horornis diphone due to a split of Cettia. Split of Gray Nightjar –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– • Gray Nightjar (Caprimulgus jotaka) • Jungle Nightjar (Caprimulgus indicus, sensu stricto)* • Palau Nightjar (Caprimulgus phalaena)* Gray Nightjar (Caprimulgus indicus, sensu lato) has been split into three species: Gray Nightjar (Caprimulgus jotaka), Jungle Nightjar (Caprimulgus indicus, sensu stric- to), and Palau Nightjar (Caprimulgus pha- laena). The effect on the ABA Checklist is that the scientific name of Gray Nightjar changes. There is one record of the species from the Aleutians. Two Storm-Petrel Families –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Hydrobatidae has been split. It is now known as the northern storm-petrel fam- ily and is preceded by the new family Oceanitidae (the southern storm-petrels). Our Oceanitidae species are, in sequence: • Wilson's Storm-Petrel • White-faced Storm-Petrel • Black-bellied Storm-Petrel Given that storm-petrels comprise two families and are not petrels, the author finds it perplexing why the P is capitalized in "Storm-Petrel". New Classification for the Hawks (Accipitridae) –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– New subfamilies and a sequence have been adopted as follows: Elaninae White-tailed Kite Gypaetinae Hook-billed Kite Swallow-tailed Kite Accipitrinae Golden Eagle Double-toothed Kite Northern Harrier Chinese Sparrowhawk Sharp-shinned Hawk Cooper's Hawk Northern Goshawk Black Kite Bald Eagle White-tailed Eagle Steller's Sea-Eagle Mississippi Kite Crane Hawk Snail Kite Common Black Hawk Great Black Hawk* Roadside Hawk The four taxa shown here are all closely related, but exactly how to classify them is now a matter of disagreement between what are arguably the two largest authorities on the subject in North America: the AOS North American Classification Committee and eBird. clockwise from top left : American Black Duck. Photo © Jessica Kirste. Mallard. Photo © Jessica Kirste. Mexican Duck. Photo © Cindy Marple. Mottled Duck. Photo © John Allendorf.

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