Birder's Guide

OCT 2016

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Birder's Guide to Listing & Taxonomy | October 2016 50 ou can read all the proposals on which the NACC voted this year at Species marked with asterisks (*) here are those which do not appear on the ABA Check- list, either because there are no currently accepted records in the ABA Area or be- cause they are non-natives that have not yet been admitted to the list. Daggers (†) denote extinct species. Nowadays, it can be assumed that any change in tax- onomy is due (at least partly) to analysis of new genetic data, so that is not always mentioned. As a general policy, the NACC ac- cepts as additions to its North Ameri- can Check-list any species that the ABA's Checklist Committee adds to its list. Those changes are not listed here. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– The largest and most-likely-to-be-talked- about change this year is a radical "re- shuffling of the deck", so to speak. The sequences of non-passerine orders and oscine passerine families are changing sub- stantially. Whether this will impact field guides is yet to be seen. Some authors (e.g., Howell et al. in the Nov. 2009 issue of Birding) advocate for stability, while oth- ers suggest we immediately update the se- quence of field guides after each change, as is currently the case in most authoritative field guides. The former may start to look more appealing to many people in light of this year's changes—at least until it seems clear that changes in higher-level taxono- my have settled down. Speaking of higher-level taxonomy, there were a number of changes to superorders, infraclasses, parvclasses, and such, which are not described here. Furthermore, there are many changes which affect species only found south of the U.S.–Mexico bor- der. They are detailed at the ABA Blog at New Sequence for Non-Passerine Orders –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– The sequence of non-passerine orders between Galliformes ("chickens") and Tro- goniformes (trogons) is now as follows: • Phoenicopteriformes (flamingos) • Podicipediformes (grebes) • Pterocliformes (sandgrouse*) • Columbiformes (pigeons) • Cuculiformes (cuckoos) • Caprimulgiformes (goatsuckers and nighthawks) Check-list Supplement Redux, v. 2016 Y Every summer, birders anxiously await publication of the "Check-list Supplement" by the American Ornithologists' Union's Committee on Classification and Nomenclature of North and Middle American Birds (NACC). The supplement details revisions to the NACC's Check-list. This "Check-list Redux", the sixth annual summary appearing in ABA publications, 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. • Apodiformes (swifts and hummingbirds) • Gruiformes (cranes and rails) • Charadriiformes (shorebirds, auks, gulls, etc.) • Phaethontiformes (tropicbirds) • Gaviiformes (loons) • Procellariiformes (tubenoses) • Ciconiiformes (storks) • Suliformes (gannets and boobies) • Pelecaniformes (pelicans, herons, ibises) • Cathartiformes (New World vultures) • Accipitriformes (hawks) • Strigiformes (owls) Note the new appearance of Catharti- formes, which was split from Accipi- triformes. New Sequence for Some Old World Passerine Families –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– A group of mostly Old World passerine families falls backward in sequence to im- mediately follow Peucedramidae (Olive Warbler) and precede Calcariidae (long- spurs). The members of this group are, in sequence: • Prunellidae (accentors) • Ploceidae (weavers) • Viduidae (whydahs) • Estrildidae (waxbills) Ruby-throated Hummingbird now appears before cranes and rails on the Check-list. Photo © Tibor Nagy House Sparrow will no longer appear near the end of the Check-list. Photo © Matthias Appel

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