CBRC adds Winter Wren to California state list
The California Bird Records Committee has unanimously accepted the
record of a Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis) from Montecito, Santa
Barbara Co., 3-21 January 2009. This record, which was documented with
excellent photographs and with sound recordings, adds a new species to
the state list, which now stands at 643. Other Winter Wren records will
soon be reviewed by the CBRC.
Joe Morlan has updated the CBRC web site, adding Winter Wren to the
state list (inserted after Pacific Wren and before Sedge Wren) and to
the review list. See:
The CBRC site also hosts Larry Sansone's photo of the Montecito Winter
To refresh the current situation for those who do not closely follow
taxonomic changes, in July 2010 the AOU "split" what was formerly known
as the Winter Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) into three species:
Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) [which, in turn,
may comprise more than one species]
Pacific Wren (T. pacificus) [often referred to as
Winter Wren (T. hiemalis) [often referred to as "Eastern
Pacific Wren is the breeding species in California and the "expected"
migrant and wintering bird. Careful attention to vocalizations of fall
and winter birds occurring well outside the normal coastal and montane
woodland range of Pacific Wren may well show that (Eastern) Winter Wren
is regular in California at those seasons, but this remains speculative
until a body of well-documented records develops.
California Bird Records Committee
Ornithology Collections Manager
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA
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