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OCT 2017

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40 Birder's Guide to Listing & Taxonomy | October 2017 Check-list Supplement Redux, v. 2017 be put in their own families. Birders and ornithologists have long known that Yellow-breasted Chat is an odd bird, and now we have the proof. A warbler it is not. Beware the similarity between the words Icteridae (the New World Blackbird fam- ily) and Icteriidae (the Yellow-breasted Chat family)—the latter has only an extra i to differentiate it! As for pronunciation, I imagine the blackbird family will be most commonly pronounced ICK-ter-ih-day, and the Yellow-breasted Chat family ick- TEHR-ee-ih-day. Goodbye, Procelsterna –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– • Blue-gray Noddy (Procelsterna cerulea ➛ Anous ceruleus) The noddy genus Anous was found to be paraphyletic, so the genus Procelsterna has been absorbed into it. Blue-gray Noddy occurs in Hawaiian waters. Goodbye, Mesophoyx –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– • Intermediate Egret (Mesophoyx intermedia ➛ Ardea intermedia) The genus Ardea was found to be paraphy- letic with respect to Mesophoyx. New Genus for Yellow-fronted Canary –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– • Serinus mozambicus ➛ Crithagra mozambica Established in Hawaii, Yellow-fronted Canary has been moved from the genus Serinus to Crithagra. New Sequence for Sandpipers –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Upland Sandpiper Bristle-thighed Curlew Whimbrel Little Curlew Eskimo Curlew Long-billed Curlew Far Eastern Curlew Slender-billed Curlew Eurasian Curlew Bar-tailed Godwit Black-tailed Godwit Hudsonian Godwit Marbled Godwit Ruddy Turnstone Black Turnstone Great Knot Red Knot Surfbird Ruff Broad-billed Sandpiper Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Stilt Sandpiper Curlew Sandpiper Temminck's Stint Long-toed Stint Spoon-billed Sandpiper Red-necked Stint Sanderling Dunlin Rock Sandpiper Purple Sandpiper Baird's Sandpiper Little Stint Least Sandpiper White-rumped Sandpiper Buff-breasted Sandpiper Pectoral Sandpiper Semipalmated Sandpiper Western Sandpiper Short-billed Dowitcher Long-billed Dowitcher Jack Snipe Eurasian Woodcock American Woodcock Solitary Snipe Pin-tailed Snipe Common Snipe Wilson's Snipe Terek Sandpiper Common Sandpiper Spotted Sandpiper Green Sandpiper Solitary Sandpiper Gray-tailed Tattler Wandering Tattler Lesser Yellowlegs Willet Spotted Redshank Common Greenshank Greater Yellowlegs Common Redshank Wood Sandpiper Marsh Sandpiper Wilson's Phalarope Red-necked Phalarope Red Phalarope New Sequence for Finch Genera –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Fringilla Chlorophonia* Euphonia* Coccothraustes Yellow-breasted Chat is now in its own family, Icteriidae. Photo © Kelly Colgan Azar Yellow-fronted Canary, which is established in the Kona area of Hawaii's Big Island, has been moved to the genus Crithagra . Photo © Shawn McCready Blue-gray Noddy is now in the genus Anous. This one was photographed in Hawaiian waters. Photo © Cameron Rutt

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