In July, the AOU’s North American Classification Committee (NACC) published its 57th Supplement to the Check-list of North American Birds (Chesser et al 2016). As in previous years, the update has interesting and very real consequences for the Checklist of the Birds of New York State
Drawing most heavily on the convergent findings of two immense studies by separate research syndicates (Jarvis et al. 2014, Prum et al. 2015), the 57th Supplement lays out a large number of radical higher-level changes, aftershocks following the initial quake. From the standpoint of the Checklist of the Birds of New York State the positions of a whopping fifteen orders of non-passerines and three families of passerines (song birds) are now changed (summarized in a table and incorporated into our online NYS checklist).
Read the article and learn more as we discuss:
- Shuffling the deck: does this bring clarity or confusion?
- New genus names for two shearwaters and Sandhill Crane
- Common and Hoary Redpolls survive … for now at least.
- The science behind all these changes.
Angus Wilson Chair, New York State Avian Records Committee New York State Ornithological Association
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