Birder's Guide

OCT 2017

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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41 October 2017 | Birder's Guide to Listing & Taxonomy Carpodacus Melamprosops Oreomystis Paroreomyza Loxioides Telespiza Chloridops Rhodacanthis Ciridops Palmeria Himatione Drepanis Psittirostra Dysmorodrepanis Pseudonestor Hemignathus Akialoa Magumma Chlorodrepanis Viridonia Loxops Pinicola Pyrrhula Leucosticte Haemorhous Chloris Crithagra Acanthis Loxia Carduelis Spinus Serinus Changes to Sequence and Subfamily Classification within the New World Blackbirds –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– • Xanthocephalinae (Yellow-headed Blackbird) Xanthocephalus • Dolichonychinae (Bobolink) Dolichonyx • Sturnellinae (Meadowlarks) Sturnella Leistes* • Ambylcercinae* (Yellow-billed Cacique) Amblycercus* • Cacicinae* (Oropendolas and true caciques) Cassiculus* Psarocolius* Cacicus* • Icterinae (New World Orioles) Icterus • Agelaiinae (New World Blackbirds) Nesopsar* Agelaius Molothrus Dives* Ptiloxena* Euphagus Quiscalus Chrysomus* Notable Changes That Were Not Accepted –––––––––––––––––––––––––––– • Split of Willet into Eastern and Western willets • Two-way split of Bell's Vireo • Two-way split of Brown Creeper • Three-way split of Yellow-rumped Warbler • Lumping of Yellow-eyed and Dark-eyed juncos • Lumping of Common and Hoary redpolls • Changing English name of Ring-necked Duck to Ring-billed Duck On the Horizon –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Topics which may be considered next year include splitting Naumann's Thrush from Dusky Thrush, splitting White-winged Scoter, splitting Cuban from Eastern Meadowlark, lumping Gilded Flicker This distinctive "Goldman's" Yellow-rumped Warbler from Guatemala has a distinctly different call, habitat, and distribution, but it is still considered the same species as "Myrtle" Yellow-rumped Warbler. Photo © Knut Eisermann - Cayaya Birding "Naumann's" Dusky Thrush may be overdue for a split. Photo © Vadim Ivushkin For now, there are still two species shown in this photo. (Hoary and Common redpolls.) Photo © D. Faulder

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