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OCT 2014

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42 Birder's Guide to Listing & Taxonomy | October 2014 Check-list Supplement Redux, v. 2014 White-winged Dove Zenaida Dove Mourning Dove –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– The genus Aratinga was found to be para- phyletic and was split into four genera, three of which occur in the ABA Area. Additionally, the genus Nandayus was ab- sorbed into the "new" Aratinga. All of the species listed below have current or former populations in the ABA Area. The new sci- entifc names and the new Check-list se- quence are as follows. • Dusky-headed Parakeet* (remains Aratinga weddellii) • Nanday Parakeet (Nandayus nenday ➛ Aratinga nenday) • Blue-crowned Parakeet* (Aratinga acti- caudata ➛ Thectocercus acuticaudatus) • Green Parakeet (Aratinga holochlora ➛ Psittacara holochlorus) • Mitred Parakeet* (Aratinga mitrata ➛ Psittacara mitratus) • Red-masked Parakeet* (Aratinga ery- throgenys ➛ Psittacara erythrogenys) • White-eyed Parakeet* (Aratinga leucoph- thalma ➛ Psittacara leucophthalmus) –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– The Old World family Megaluridae has had its name changed to Locustellidae. Middendorff's Grasshopper-Warbler and Lanceolated Warbler are the only species in this family on the ABA Checklist. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– The estrildid fnch genus Lonchura was found to be paraphyletic. Therefore, it was split into three genera. Also, the ge- nus Padda was absorbed into the "new" Lonchura. The new scientifc names and the new checklist sequence are as follows. • Bronze Mannikin* (Lonchura cucullata ➛ Spermestes cucullata) • African Silverbill* (Lonchura cantans ➛ Euodice cantans) • Java Sparrow* (Padda oryzivora ➛ Lonchura oryzivora) • Scaly-breasted Munia (remains Lonchura punctulata) • Tricolored Munia* (remains Lonchura malacca) • Chestnut Munia* (remains Lonchura atricapilla) Bronze Mannikin is an African species with an established population in Puerto Rico; a small population also exists in the southwestern suburbs of Houston. African Silverbill is established in Hawaii. Java Sparrow is established in Hawaii and turns up as an escapee in California and Florida. Tricolored Munia has exploded in numbers across the Caribbean and Middle America over the past decade; in 2013 a presumed vagrant from Cuba turned up on Florida's Dry Tortugas, whence come at least three prior records. The Florida committee has accepted these records as pertaining to natural vagrants from es- tablished populations, and the ABA CLC is now voting on whether to follow suit. Chestnut Munia is established in Hawaii. Notable Proposals That Were Not Accepted –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– • Lump of Thick-billed Parrot and Maroon-fronted Parrot. • Split of Siberian Stonechat from Common Stonechat. • Split of Curve-billed Thrasher into Plateau Thrasher and Palmer's Thrasher. • Transfer of American Goldfnch, Lesser Goldfnch, and Lawrence's Goldfnch into their own genus, Astragalinus. • Removal of Azure Gallinule from the AOU Check-list. On the Horizon –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– One recent paper suggests a three-way split (California, Woodhouse's, and Sumichrast's*) of West- ern Scrub-Jay. It fnds, unsurprisingly, that "California" Scrub-Jays are more closely re- lated to Island Scrub-Jays than they are to "Woodhouse's" Scrub-Jays. The NACC vot- ed against this proposal in the recent past, but it's probable that the committee will re- examine the situation in light of this addi- tional evidence. The vireo family may be in store for a major reshuffe, including split- ting of the genus Vireo. A three- or four-way split of White-breasted Nuthatch is also ripe for consideration. (See the May/June 2014 issue of Birding for details.) Concern that the zone of contact/overlap in central Arizona has not been thoroughly studied will likely put off any immediate reconsid- eration of a Curve-billed Thrasher split. The author thanks Jon Dunn, Andrew Kratter, Paul Lehman, Todd McGrath, and Bill Pranty for their assistance with the preparation of this article, and all the members of the AOU NACC for their diligence in maintaining the Check-list. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Be sure to visit the ABA Blog at , where you can fnd additional Check-list chang- es that affect Middle America. You'll also fnd discussion by ABA members of these Check-list changes. We hope to hear from you! Bronze Mannikin is not on the ABA Checklist , but a population exists in the southwest suburbs of Houston. Photo © Gisela Gerson Lohman-Braun Western Scrub-Jay could be split into Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay (shown here), California Scrub-Jay, and Sumichrasts's Scrub-Jay* in 2015. Photo © Phil Whitehouse

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