Birder's Guide

NOV 2013

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Old World order—Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse—is an established exotic in the northwestern portion of the island of Hawai'i. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Flammulated Owl was moved from the genus Otus (that of the Old World scops-owls) and placed in a new, monotypic genus. Its scientifc name is now Psiloscops fammeolus. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– The scientifc names of some of the silky-fycatchers changed to correct a misspelling. The genus Ptilogonys (which includes Gray Silky-fycatcher) changed to Ptiliogonys. The silky-fycatcher family, of which Phainopepla is also a member, changed from Ptilogonatidae to Ptiliogonatidae. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– The sequence of species in the mimid Clockwise from top left: Surbirds, now Calidris virgata, in California. Photo © Michael L. P. Retter. Flammulated Owl, now Psiloscops fammeolus, in Texas. Photo © Greg Lasley. Male Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse (Pterocles exustus) in Hawaii; its order is now spelled Pterocliformes. Photo © Jack Jeffrey. November 2013 | Birder's Guide to Listing & Taxonomy 55

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