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OCT 2016

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53 October 2016 | Birder's Guide to Listing & Taxonomy called, has an indigo patch on the belly that is lacking in Lesser Violetear. No More Sky Lark –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Alauda arvensis has had its English name changed from Sky Lark to Eurasian Sky- lark. This name conforms with widespread usage elsewhere in the world. Lump of Caribbean Coot –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– This is the "final nail in the coffin", so to speak. After having been removed from the ABA Checklist because of doubts about ID, the NACC has now made official the doubts that Caribbean Coot (Fulica carib- aea) ever existed in the first place. Birds with expanded white frontal shields pre- viously had been assigned to this species, and birds with restricted, dark red frontal shields were assigned to American Coot (Fulica americana). But we now know that there does not seem to be any assortative mating where the two forms occur togeth- er, and there are many intermediates. It is believed that "Caribbean Coot" is just a color morph of American Coot. Name Change for Orange Bishop –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Euplectes franciscanus has switched English names from Orange Bishop to Northern Red Bishop*. Though not on the ABA Checklist, the NACC recognizes introduced populations, such as those in southern California and the Houston area. Split of Puffinus –––––––––––––––––––––––– The shearwater genus Puffi- nus has been split, and many of our shearwaters now have a "new" genus: Ardenna. New scientific names and a new se- quence for species in Ardenna are listed here. They follow Cape Verde Shearwater on the Check-list. Note that the gen- der of the specific epithet has changed for two species below. • Wedge-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus pacificus ➛ Ardenna pacifica) • Buller's Shearwater (Puffinus bulleri ➛ Ardenna bulleri) • Short-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus tenuirostris ➛ Ardenna tenuirostris) • Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus ➛ Ardenna grisea) • Great Shearwater (Puffinus gravis ➛ Ardenna gravis) • Pink-footed Shearwater (Puffinus creatopus ➛ Ardenna creatopus) • Flesh-footed Shearwater (Puffinus carneipes ➛ Ardenna carneipes) New Genus for Sandhill Crane –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– The genus Antigone has been split from Grus. Scientific names for Whooping and Common cranes remain unchanged, but Sandhill Crane has changed from Grus ca- nadensis to Antigone canadensis. The oth- er members of Antigone are White-naped Crane*, Brolga*, and Sarus Crane*. Anti- gone is the name of Oedipus's daughter/ half-sister in Greek mythology. New Sequence for New World Quail –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– The new sequence for the family Odonto- phoridae is as follows: • Mountain Quail • Northern Bobwhite • Scaled Quail • California Quail • Gambel's Quail • Montezuma Quail New Sequence for Vireos –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Our understanding of relationships among the vireos has increased substantially over the past few years. New information didn't yield a split of the genus Vireo, as some were anticipating, but it did yield a change in sequence: • Black-capped Vireo • White-eyed Vireo • Thick-billed Vireo • Cuban Vireo* • Bell's Vireo • Gray Vireo • Hutton's Vireo • Yellow-throated Vireo • Cassin's Vireo • Blue-headed Vireo • Plumbeous Vireo • Philadelphia Vireo • Warbling Vireo • Red-eyed Vireo • Yellow-green Vireo • Black-whiskered Vireo • Yucatán Vireo "Caribbean Coot". Photo © Mark Yokoyama Orange Bishop is now known as Northern Red Bishop. Photo © Jason Mrachina

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