Birder's Guide

OCT 2017

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n Kermadec Petrel, Kilauea Point, Kauai, 31 July 2014, recently added to the ABA Checklist based on records from Hawaii. Up to three individuals have been observed courting at this locality over the past seven years, suggesting that they may be breeding nearby. Photo © Eric VanderWerf n Greater Necklaced Laughingthrushes, Princeville, Kauai, 1 July 2006. The ABA-CLC deliberated whether or not populations of this exotic species could be considered established in Hawaii based on ABA Checklist criteria and recently voted to add it to the Checklist . Photo © Jim Denny 30 Birder's Guide to Listing & Taxonomy | October 2017 Adding "Hawaii-only" Species Hawaiian endemic species by the AOU since 2009, this review resulted in 338 species on the current Hawaiian Islands Checklist. (Our website on the birds of Hawaii, now Pyle and Pyle 2017, has been fully updated for records through 2016, including the incorporation of all HBRC decisions.) Of these 338 species, 111 are "Hawaii-only" species (that is, they were not on the ABA Checklist as of 2016). The ABA-CLC could not review all 111 of these species individually, so I parceled them into batches of records with various levels of documentation and by whether or not they had been accepted to the AOU (now part of the American Ornithological Society; see p. 6) Check-list as of the 57th Supplement (AOU 2016). The first batch (Batch A) contained 105 (of these 111) species which had speci- men documentation from Hawaii, were accepted by the HBRC, and were also accepted by the AOU to their Check-list. (Although the ABA-CLC is not bound to follow bird records committee deci- sions, the committee generally endorses them and at least weighs local decisions heavily.) ABA-CLC members were asked to review the documentation in Pyle and Pyle (2009) for these 105 species and, at any member's request, the record would be pulled from Batch A for individual review. ABA-CLC members requested 7

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