New AOU update
- Had not yet seen this mentioned on the list yet, so I figured I would
post this, the 47th AOU checklist update
Major changes include some revision in the taxonomy of
Charadriiformes. The tern genus Sterna is broken up into several new
genera, and the Willet and tattlers get lumped into the genus Tringa.
Jaegars and skuas finally get family recognition, the Sterocorariidae,
and our more closely related to the alcids then larids.
Of importance to listers, the Blue Grouse has been split into two
species, the coastal Sooty Grouse (Dendragapus fuliginosus) and the
interior Dusky Grouse (Dendragapus obscurus). I am assuming the Sooty
Grouse is the only species we get in California, and the one I
encountered this past weekend in Yosemite. Though if anyone has
information to the contrary it would be most appreciated.
Drastic changes still have not been recognized by the AOU yet in bird
taxonomy, but every little bit helps I guess
San Diego (SDSU area)