Birder's Guide

NOV 2013

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Check-list Supplement Redux: v. 2013 Scientifc Name and Checklist Sequence Changes –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– The following "oddball sandpipers" are now placed within the genus Calidris, and their former monotypic genera disappear: • Surfbird (Aphriza virgata ➛ Calidris virgata) • Spoon-billed Sandpiper (Eurynorhynchus pygmeus ➛ Calidris pygmea) • Broad-billed Sandpiper (Limicola falcinellus ➛ Calidris falcinellus) • Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Tryngites subrufcollis ➛ Calidris subruficollis) • Ruff (Philomachus pugnax ➛ Calidris pugnax) –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– The sequence of species within the genus Calidris has been changed to the following, keeping in mind the genus's new members outlined above: • Great Knot • Red Knot • Surfbird • Ruff • Broad-billed Sandpiper • Sharp-tailed Sandpiper • Stilt Sandpiper • Curlew Sandpiper • Temminck's Stint • Long-toed Stint • Spoon-billed Sandpiper • Red-necked Stint • Sanderling • Dunlin • Rock Sandpiper • Purple Sandpiper • Baird's Sandpiper • Little Stint • Least Sandpiper • White-rumped Sandpiper • Buff-breasted Sandpiper • Pectoral Sandpiper • Semipalmated Sandpiper • Western Sandpiper –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– The order Charadriiformes was reorganized, as follows: • Suborder Charadrii Barolo Shearwater off the Azores. Photo © Peter Alfrey. 54 Birder's Guide to Listing & Taxonomy | November 2013 - Family Burhinidae (thick-knees) - Family Recurvirostridae (avocets and stilts) - Family Haematopodidae (oystercatchers) - Family Charadriidae (plovers) • Suborder Scolopaci - Family Jacanidae (jaçanas) - Family Scolopacidae (sandpipers) • Suborder Lari - Family Glareolidae (pratincoles and coursers) - Family Stercorariidae (skuas and jaegers) - Family Alcidae (alcids) - Family Laridae (gulls, terns, and skimmers) [For more information on recent changes in sandpiper taxonomy, see and Birding 45:2.] –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– The name for the sandgrouse order was changed from Pteroclidiformes to Pterocliformes. One member of this

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