Birder's Guide

OCT 2015

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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Birder's Guide to Listing & Taxonomy | October 2015 24 s a general policy, the NACC accepts as additions to its North American Check-list any species the American Birding Association's Checklist Committee (ABA CLC) adds to its list that are not al- ready on its own Check-list. You can read all the proposals on which the NACC voted this year by vis- iting its webpage . Species marked with asterisks (*) are those which do not appear on the ABA Checklist, either because there are no currently accepted records in the ABA Area or because they are non-natives that Check-list Supplement Redux, v. 2015 A Every summer, birders anxiously await publication of the "Check-list Supplement" by the American Ornithologists' Union's Committee on Classifcation and Nomenclature of North and Middle American Birds (NACC). The Supplement details revisions to its Check-list. This "Check-list Redux" is the ffth annual summary appearing in ABA publications that aims to explain in straightforward terms what has changed and how those changes affect anyone birding in the U.S. or Canada. Illustrations, photos, charts, and maps are employed where applicable. Note that although the NACC does not use diacritical marks (and completely deletes some letters from Hawaiian bird names), such marks and letters are used here in order to facilitate communication and pronunciation. have not yet been admitted to the list. Daggers ( † ) denote extinct species. When a split is discussed, the species that re- tains the scientifc name of the "old" lumped species is listed frst. These days, you can assume that any change in tax- onomy is due (at least partly) to analysis of new genetic data, so that is not always mentioned below. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– There were many changes in the sequence of genera and species, but not that of families. These sequence changes, which mostly pertain to tropical species found only south of the ABA Area, are detailed at the ABA Blog at There you will also fnd further changes that affect Middle American taxa. Trindade Petrel in the Gulf Stream off Hatteras, North Carolina. Photo © David Kirschke This artwork by © Ian Lewington appears whole and in part, respectively, in Petrels, Albatrosses, and Storm-Petrels of North America by Howell (2012) and in Rare Birds of North America by Howell, Lewington, and Russell (2014); both are published by Princeton University Press. For in-depth ID tips on these three very similar species, see the former book. Townsend's Townsend's Shearwater Townsend's Shearwater Townsend's Shearwater Townsend's Newell's Newell's Black-vented Manx Manx Manx

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