Birder's Guide

OCT 2017

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n Chinese Sparrowhawk, B. P. Bishop Museum specimen 178451, found dead on Kure Atoll, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, 27 September 1991. This is the only record of this species in the ABA Checklist area, now including the Hawaiian Islands. Photo © Peter Pyle 31 October 2017 | Birder's Guide to Listing & Taxonomy species be pulled (see far right column), resulting in 98 Hawaii-only species that were accepted to the ABA Checklist in March 2017. These 98 species included 61 endemic Hawaii species (e.g., Ha- waiian Duck, Hawaiian Hawk, O'ahu 'Elepaio, 'I'iwi); 6 indigenous breeding species (e.g., White Tern, Little Tern, Bonin Petrel, Christmas Shearwater); 25 exotic species (e.g., Kalij Pheasant, Ze- bra Dove, Mariana Swiftlet, Red-crested Cardinal); and 6 migrants and vagrants (e.g., Bryan's Shearwater, Kermadec Pe- trel, Black-winged Petrel, Chinese Spar- rowhawk). Of the original 111 species, this left 13 that were reviewed separately. Three of these were species that have been accepted by the HBRC and the AOU, based on records in Hawaii, that in- cluded photographic but not specimen evidence: Great Crested Tern, White- necked Petrel, and Black Kite. All three of these species were accepted to the ABA Checklist in mid-2017. Two additional species, Nazca Booby and Tahiti Pe- trel, had been accepted to the Hawaiian Islands Checklist by the HBRC, and by the AOU based on records outside of but not within the Hawaiian Islands juris- diction. Both were accepted by the ABA- CLC to the ABA Checklist (in mid-2017). This left only one non-exotic species, Herald Petrel, which was pulled from Batch A because an ABA-CLC member wanted to ensure that the single speci- men collected in Hawaii was correctly identified—especially to the exclusion of the recently split Trindade Petrel. This record was also recently accepted to the ABA Checklist in July 2017. It is interesting to note that four of the newly accepted species to the ABA Checklist also now have records from the Continental Area: Nazca Booby (from California in 2013–2016), Jouanin's Pe - trel (California in 2015 and 2016), Juan Fernandez Petrel (Arizona in 2016), and Black Kite (Alaska in 2017). Even though their acceptance onto the ABA Checklist resulted from Hawaiian records, ABA members may now count these on state and Continental ABA Area lists, as long as they adhere to the rules of ABA's Re - cording Standards and Ethics Commit- tee (RSEC: As we anticipated, the most difficult Hawaii-only species for the ABA-CLC to review were certain exotic species, specifically, whether the populations of these species in Hawaii are currently, or ever were, established according to ABA acceptance criteria. Such account for the remaining seven species that were or are being reviewed independently by the ABA-CLC at the request of one or more members: Japanese Quail, Indian Peafowl, Red-masked Parakeet, Mitred Parakeet, Greater Necklaced Laugh- ingthrush, Lavender Waxbill, and Or- ange-cheeked Waxbill. All seven of these species have been accepted to the Ha- waiian Islands Checklist by the HBRC, and six have been accepted by the AOU based on populations in Hawaii (all but Red-masked Parakeet, which has not been considered yet by the AOU). I put these seven species into a second batch (Batch B). The first round of voting, completed in July 2017, resulted in the acceptance of Greater Necklaced Laugh- ingthrush to the ABA Checklist , the non- acceptance of Mitred Parakeet, and split votes requiring further consideration of

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