Birder's Guide

OCT 2015

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ABA Event IFO: The Cradle of American Ornithology For more details and registration, go to: events . aba . org e ve n t s @ a b a . o r g • 8 0 0 . 8 5 0 . 2 47 3 When : March 30–April 3, 2016 Where : Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Instructors : Bert Filemyr, Ted Floyd & George Armistead Cost : $1395 (limit 24) the City of Brotherly love is the birthplace of our nation, but also the birthplace of bird study in North America. Join Pennsylvania natives Bert Filemyr, ted Floyd and George Armistead as they retrace the steps of luminaries such as Audubon, Wilson, Cassin, Say, and Bond (yes, James Bond!), among others. We'll examine the rich history of this area and of course go birding too, as this iFO program visits a variety of birding and historical sites. 28 Birder's Guide to Listing & Taxonomy | October 2015 Check-list Supplement Redux, v. 2015 Parrot Family Split ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Psittacidae is no longer just "the parrot family", but rather, the "African and New World parrot" family. Split from it was Psittaculidae, the newly-created "lory, lovebird, and Australasian parrot" fam- ily. Most parrot species found in North America belong to the former family, but Rose-ringed Parakeet (established popu- lations in Hawaii and California), Rosy- faced Lovebird (established populations in Arizona), and Budgerigar (Florida population now offcially extirpated) are members of the latter. Each of those three species is in a different subfam- ily. Respectively, these are Psittaculinae (Australasian parrots), Agapornithinae (lovebirds and hanging-parrots), and Loriinae (lories). Notable Proposals That Were Not Accepted –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– - Separation of Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius) from Hen Harrier (C. cyaneus). - Separation of "Vizcaíno" Thrasher* (Toxostoma arenicola) from Le Conte's Thrasher. - A two-way split of Painted Bunting. - A six-way split of Northern Cardinal. - Giving Hawaiian Creeper* its own genus (Manucerthia). - A change in the English name of Ameri- can Pipit (to Buff-bellied Pipit). - The universal adoption of American English spellings in bird names. This would have changed the spelling of birds like Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher and "Ochre" Orchard Oriole (to Sulfur- bellied Flycatcher and "Ocher" Orchard Oriole, respectively). On the Horizon –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Possible actions that may be ripe for con- sideration in the next couple years include a redpoll lump, a White-winged Scoter split, an Eared Grebe split, a Warbling Vireo split, a Plumbeous Vireo split, a three-way split of White-breasted Nuthatch, and ma- jor generic reorganization of humming- birds and vireos. The author thanks Jon Dunn for his assistance with the preparation of this article, and all the members of the AOU NACC for their dili- gence in maintaining the Check-list. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– GLOSSARY Maui-nui. "Greater Maui" in Hawaiian. This phrase refers to both a former super-island and the current collection of four smaller is- lands it has become: Maui, L a - na'i , Moloka'i, and Kaho'olawe. Morphology. Physical characteristics. White-collared Seedeater is now the only species of tanager that breeds in the ABA Area. Photo © Cameron Rutt Phylogeny. A reconstruction, based on anal- ysis of shared traits, of the evolutionary his- tory of a group of organisms. It is usually depicted in a tree-like diagram. Sensu lato. In the broad sense. "Canada Goose sensu lato" refers to what we called Canada Goose before the split—it includes Cackling Goose. Sensu stricto. In the strict sense. For instance, "Canada Goose sensu stricto" means what we call Canada Goose today, after the split—just the large birds. Taxa. Plural of taxon. A taxon is a biologi- cal group or classifcation of organisms. Classes, orders, fami- lies, genera, spe- cies, and sub- species are all various levels of taxon.

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