Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Big Changes to the Northern Ireland list!

 OK thats a lie again, a rather dull press release from the BOU, Somalis Courser anyone?

A Press Release from the
BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS UNION RECORDS COMMITTEE
Taxonomic Subcommittee
In the October issue of the British Ornithologists Unions journal, Ibis,
the BOU publishes the latest taxonomic recommendations for British birds
by the Taxonomic Sub-committee (TSC) of the BOU Records Committee (BOURC)
(Sangster et al. 2012. Ibis 154: 874-883).

The items are summarised below, but for full details of each item please
see the full paper (free to view from 18 September 2012).

View report (available free to view from 20 September 12)

Newly recognised species
Corys Shearwater Calonectris diomedea to be treated as three species:
Corys Shearwater Calonectris borealis (Category A)
Scopolis Shearwater Calonectris diomedea (Category A)
Cape Verde Shearwater Calonectris edwardsii (extralimital

Madeiran Storm Petrel Oceanodroma castro to be treated as three species in
the Western Palearctic:
Cape Verde Storm Petrel Oceanodroma jabejabe
Madeiran Storm Petrel Oceanodroma castro
Monteiros Storm Petrel Oceanodroma monteiroi
(The status of these species on the British List is subject to
re-assessment of the single British record of Oceanodroma castros.l.)

Cream-coloured Courser Cursorius cursor to be treated as two species:
Cream-coloured Courser Cursorius cursor (Category A)
Somali Courser Cursorius somalensis (extralimital)

Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis to be treated as three species:
Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis (Category A)
Kamchatka Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus examinandus (extralimital)
Japanese Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus xanthodryas (extralimital)

Marmoras Warbler Sylvia sarda to be treated as two species:
Balearic Warbler Sylvia balearica
Marmoras Warbler Sylvia sarda
(The status of these species on the British List is subject to
re-assessment of the British records of S. sarda s.l.)

Eurasian Nuthatch Sitta europaea to be treated as two species:
Siberian Nuthatch Sitta arctica (extralimital)
Eurasian Nuthatch Sitta europaea(Category A)

Newly recognized subspecies
Storm Petrel: Hydrobates pelagicus melitensis is recognised as a
subspecies, distinct from H. p. pelagicus

Taxonomic sequence
The taxonomic sequence of the genera of Galliformes and Charadriiformes is
revised based on new insights into their evolutionary relationships.

Generic changes (note the new generic names)
Ruff Calidris pugnax
Broad-billed Sandpiper Calidris falcinellus
Buff-breasted Sandpiper Calidris subruficollis

Reference
Sangster, G., Collinson, M., Crochet, P.-A., Knox, A.G., Parkin, D.T. &
Votier, S.C. 2012. Taxonomic recommendations for British birds: eighth
Report. Ibis 154: 874-883 .