The 49th Supplement to the AOU Check-list of North American birds is now
available to AOU members on the AOU web site, and will soon be
distributed in the July 2008 Auk. Here is a summary of changes that
impact the California bird list:
1. Flamingos (order Phoenicopteriformes, occurring only as escapees in
CA) are now placed immediately after the grebes (Podicipediformes) in
the check-list sequence. Old World Phoenicopterus roseus is split from
New World Ph. ruber; the latter species is now called American Flamingo.
2. With new sequence changes and generic splits in the gulls, CA species
are now in this sequence (for which I provide the binomial only if it
Bonaparte's Gull, Chroicocephalus Philadelphia
Black-headed Gull, C. ridibundus
Little Gull, Hydrocoloeus minutus
Laughing Gull, Leucophaeus atricilla
Franklin's Gull, Leucophaeus pipixcan
and the Larus gulls as follows:
Herring (proposal to split smithsonianus and vegae from
Great Black-backed (not accepted to CA list)
3. Green Violet-ear becomes Green Violetear
There are several other changes (mainly distributional) that impact the
ABA area, and numerous others that affect taxa occurring only south of
the ABA area. Interestingly, many New World thrushes in the genus Turdus
that were formerly called "robin" (including Clay-colored) are now
called "thrush," but the Rufous-backed Robin (along with American Robin,
of course) appears to be an exception.
Please do not direct complaints or PDF requests to me...
Kimball L. Garrett
Ornithology Collections Manager
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90007
(213) 746-2999 FAX
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