The information below includes the date and a brief description of each significant change, a link to the relevant page, and that page's updated version number. Neither minor spelling corrections nor additions to the references are noted on this page.
The owls have been updated based on the latest from Wink et al. (2008).
[Strigiformes: Anomalogonates I, 2.13]
The trogon presentation has been updated based on some new SACC proposals.
[Trogonidae: Anomalogonates I, 2.13]
There has been some adjustment of Peucaea and Aimophila.
[Arremonidae: Emberizoidae II, 2.1]
The Musophagidae have been reorganized based on
Veron and Winney (2000).
[Musophagidae: Pelecanae II, 2.15]
Several families in the nine-primaried oscines have been revamped and
Lamprospiza and Mitrospingus have been placed in a separate family.
For some of these families, the updated pages include extensive
species-level phylogenetic trees.
[Lamprospizidae, Parulidae, Icteridae: Emberizoidae I, 2.1]
[Emberizidae, Arremonidae: Emberizoidae II, 2.1]
[Cardinalidae, Thraupidae: Thraupid Group, 2.1]
Two of the Colluricincla, C. sanghirensis and
C. tenebrosa have been moved to different genera.
[Pachycephalidae: Corvida I, 2.08]
The Fleischer et al. paper (2008) on the Hawaiian honeyeaters
is now available. The main result is that the Hawaiian honeyeaters are not
Meliphagids at all. They are actually close to the waxwings! Interestingly,
this is the second addition to the waxwing group this year, the other
being the Hypocoliidae (Hypocolius and Hylocitrea).
[Mohoidae: Bombycilloidea/Reguloidea, 2.12]
I've added some discussion of the Great Egret split and the Great Blue Heron
[Ardeidae: Pelecanae II, 2.14].
Lamprospiza has been moved to the Incertae sedis category within
[Thraupidae: Passeroidea IV, 2.04]
The Sylviidae diagram now includes the Curruca subgenera.
[Sylviidae: Sylvioidea III, Version 2.16.]
The cotingas have been rearranged based on Ohlson et al. (2007).
A tree diagram has been added showing the genera.
[Cotingidae: Suboscines III, 2.03]
There have been some minor adjustments to linear order for the
toucans, and I have added more material on the Emerald Toucanet
[Ramphastidae: Piciformes, 2.03]
The honeyeaters have been substantially rearranged.
[Meliphagidae: Basal Oscines, 2.02]
I've made some minor adjustments to the parrots, moving
Psilopsiagon and Leptosittaca to new locations. I've also
switched to a less ambitious version of the tree and added a little more
[Psittacidae: Falconiformes and Psittaciformes, 2.15]
I added some justification for the limits of Buteo. [Accipitridae: Vultures and Hawks, 2.12]
The text concerning the terns has been updated slightly.
[Sternidae: Charadriiformes, 2.07]
I've added some comments concerning the recent paper by Pratt et al. (2009) on higher-level taxonomy to the discussion of Metaves and Coronaves (2.12).
I made a slight adjustment to the position of the African Pied Wagtail.
[Motacillidae: Passeroidea III, 2.07]
The subfamily Columbinae has been reorganized.
[Columbidae: Metaves I, 2.13]
The Monarchidae have been rearranged
to better reflect published analyses.
[Monarchidae: Corvoidea, 2.05]
The larks have also been rearranged to incorporate additional papers.
[Alaudidae: Sylvioidea I, 2.08]
Lilian's Meadowlark, Sturnella lilianae, is split from
Eastern Meadowlark, Sturnella magna, based on
Barker et al. (2008).
[Icteridae: Passeroidea V, 2.08]
Two of the Poospiza mountain-finches have been moved to
Compsospiza following the SACC's latest decision.
[Thraupidae: Passeroidea IV, 2.03]
The sandpipers have been updated, including adding subfamilies and
tribes to make the major groups clearer.
[Scolopacidae: Charadriiformes, 2.06]
Wagtail and pipit taxonomy has been updated (2.06). Part of this included splitting Green-headed Yellow Wagtail, Motacilla taivana from (Western) Yellow Wagtail, Motacilla flava and Western Citrine Wagtail, Motacilla werae from (Eastern) Citrine Wagtail, Motacilla citreola.
The genus Monticola (Muscicapidae, version 2.07) has been updated using Outlaw et al. (2007). One of those changes is to split Pretoria Rock Thrush, Monticola pretoriae, from Short-toed Rock-Thrush, Monticola brevipes.
The swallows (2.07) have been reorganized (with diagram) to better reflect Sheldon et al. (2005).
Again, the changes fall into two categories: changes in taxonomy and changes in the list of species.
There are three main changes:
- The Carduelinae finches (2.05) have been reorganized to incorporate Nguembock et al. (2008c).
- There's a minor change in the Charadriidae (2.05): Eurasian Dotterel, Eudromias morinellus has been removed from Charadrius and restored to Eudromias.
- The Grus cranes (2.12) have also been reorganized, with Anthropoides and Bugeranus folded into Grus.
Changes to the List of Species
This is the last big set of IOC-inspired additions. Many IOC species were not added. Almost two-thirds of these were New World species where neither of the AOU's classification committees has accepted the IOC changes. The others that I did not add are mostly cases where other recent checklists (BLI or local checklists) disagree. Those were individually resolved one way or another.
- Striped Flowerpecker, Dicaeum aeruginosum, split from Thick-billed Flowerpecker, Dicaeum agile
- Halmahera Flowerpecker, Dicaeum schistaceiceps, split from Flame-breasted Flowerpecker, Dicaeum erythrothorax
- Usambara Double-collared Sunbird, Cinnyris usambaricus, split from Eastern Double-collared Sunbird, Cinnyris mediocris
- Forest Double-collared Sunbird, Cinnyris fuelleborni, split from Eastern Double-collared Sunbird, Cinnyris mediocris
- Hofmann's Sunbird, Cinnyris hofmanni, split from Shelley's Sunbird, Cinnyris shelleyi
- Jameson's Antpecker, Parmoptila jamesoni, split from Red-fronted Antpecker, Parmoptila rubrifrons
- Crimson Seedcracker, Pyrenestes sanguineus, split from Black-bellied Seedcracker, Pyrenestes ostrinus
- Lesser Seedcracker, Pyrenestes minor, split from Black-bellied Seedcracker, Pyrenestes ostrinus
- African Quail-Finch, Ortygospiza fuscocrissa, split from Black-faced Quailfinch, Ortygospiza atricollis
- Royal Parrotfinch, Erythrura regia, split from Red-headed Parrotfinch, Erythrura cyaneovirens
- Fiji Parrotfinch, Erythrura pealii, split from Red-headed Parrotfinch, Erythrura cyaneovirens
- Red-backed Mannikin, Spermestes nigriceps, split from Black-and-white Munia, Spermestes bicolor
- White-spotted Munia, Lonchura leucosticta, split from Streak-headed Munia, Lonchura tristissima
- Swainson's Sparrow, Passer swainsonii, split from Northern Gray-headed Sparrow, Passer griseus
- Parrot-billed Sparrow, Passer gongonensis, split from Northern Gray-headed Sparrow, Passer griseus
- Swahili Sparrow, Passer suahelicus, split from Northern Gray-headed Sparrow, Passer griseus
- Australian Pipit (Anthus australis) and New Zealand Pipit, Anthus novaeseelandiae, lumped as Australasian Pipit, Anthus novaeseelandiae
- Paddyfield Pipit, Anthus rufulus, split from Richard's Pipit, Anthus richardi
- Jackson's Pipit, Anthus latistriatus, split from African Pipit, Anthus cinnamomeus
- Azores Bullfinch, Pyrrhula murina, split from Eurasian Bullfinch, Pyrrhula pyrrhula
- African Crimson-winged Finch, Rhodopechys alienus, split from Eurasian Crimson-winged Finch, Rhodopechys sanguineus
- Arabian Golden-winged Grosbeak, Rhynchostruthus percivali, split from Socotra Golden-winged Grosbeak, Rhynchostruthus socotranus
- Somali Golden-winged Grosbeak, Rhynchostruthus louisae, split from Socotra Golden-winged Grosbeak, Rhynchostruthus socotranus
- Western Citril, Dendrospiza frontalis, spilt from African Citril, Dendrospiza citrinelloides
- Southern Citril, Dendrospiza hyposticta, spilt from African Citril, Dendrospiza citrinelloides
- Reichenow's Seedeater, Ochrospiza reichenowi, split from Black-throated Canary, Ochrospiza atrogularis
- Yellow-browed Seedeater, Crithagra whytii, split from Streaky Seedeater, Crithagra striolata
- Kipengere Seedeater, Crithagra melanochroa, split from Thick-billed Seedeater, Crithagra burtoni
- Lesser Redpoll, Acanthis cabaret is lumped into Common Redpoll, Acanthis flammea
- Inaccessible Island Finch, Nesospiza acunhae and Nightingale Island Finch, Nesospiza questi are split
- Moriche Oriole, Icterus chrysocephalus, lumped into Epaulet Oriole, Icterus cayanensis
This set of changes fall into two categories: changes in taxonomy and changes in the list of species.
- Honeyeaters (2.01): Meliphaga has been rearranged using Norman et al. (2007). This also included transferring the Streaky-breasted Honeyeater, Meliphaga reticulata, from Lichenostomus.
- Bushshrike genera have been changed as in Fuchs et al. (2004), with both Rhodophoneus and part of Chlorophoneus being merged into Telophorus (2.07).
- Three genera that didn't belong in the reed-warblers have been moved elsewhere (2.05). Oligura has been moved to Cettiidae, next to Tesia. Graueria and Hemitesia join the crombecs and African warblers (both on the same page, now at version 2.06).
- The Macrosphenidae have also been re-arranged.
- There are some minor adjustments in Turdidae: Turdus (Bowie et al., 2005), and Muscicapidae: Enicurus (Moyle et al., 2005).
Changes to the List of Species
The Flame Bowerbird, Sericulus ardens, is split from Masked Bowerbird, Sericulus aureus, based on Zwiers et al. (2008), which also involves some slight rearrangement of the Sericulus bowerbirds (2.01).
On the same page, there are five additions to the honeyeaters:
- Elegant Honeyeater, Meliphaga cinereifrons, split from Graceful Honeyeater, Meliphaga gracilis
- Kimberley Honeyeater, Meliphaga fordiana, split from White-lined Honeyeater, Meliphaga albilineata
- Black-eared Miner, Manorina melanotis, split from Yellow-throated Miner, Manorina flavigula
- Tanimbar Friarbird, Philemon plumigenis, split from Black-faced Friarbird, Philemon moluccensis
- Wattled Smoky Honeyeater, Melipotes carolae, was newly described in 2007.
The next page has three splits in the bushshrikes (2.07):
- Four-colored Bushshrike, Telophorus quadricolor, split from Gorgeous Bushshrike, Telophorus viridis
- Braun's Bushshrike, Laniarius brauni, split from Luehder's Bushshrike, Laniarius luehderi
- Gabela Bushshrike, Laniarius amboimensis, split from Luehder's Bushshrike, Laniarius luehderi
There is one split in the cuckooshrikes: Ryukyu Minivet, Pericrocotus tegimae, split from Ashy Minivet, Pericrocotus divaricatus. There is also one in the orioles: Tanimbar Oriole, Oriolus decipiens, split from Black-eared Oriole, Oriolus bouroensis.
The monarchs (2.04) are on the following page and have 4 splits, mostly involving the Oceanic Flycatcher.
- Santa Cruz Shrikebill, Clytorhynchus sanctaecrucis, split from Black-throated Shrikebill, Clytorhynchus nigrogularis
- Palau Flycatcher, Myiagra erythrops, split from Oceanic Flycatcher, Myiagra oceanica
- Guam Flycatcher, Myiagra freycineti, split from Oceanic Flycatcher, Myiagra oceanica
- Pohnpei Flycatcher, Myiagra pluto, split from Oceanic Flycatcher, Myiagra oceanica
The jays and crows have two splits:
- Iberian Magpie, Cyanopica cooki, is split from Azure-winged Magpie, Cyanopica cyanus
- Hooded Crow, Corvus cornix, is split from Carrion Crow, Corvus corone
- Black-headed Penduline-Tit, Remiz macronyx, split from Eurasian Penduline-Tit, Remiz pendulinus (HBW-13)
- White-crowned Penduline Tit, Remiz coronatus, split from Eurasian Penduline-Tit, Remiz pendulinus
- Chinese Penduline-Tit, Remiz consobrinus, split from Eurasian Penduline-Tit, Remiz pendulinus
- The Turkestan Tit, Parus bokharensis, is lumped into Great Tit, Parus major
- Foxy Lark, Mirafra alopex, split from Fawn-colored Lark, Mirafra africanoides
- Barlow's Lark, Certhilauda barlowi, split from Dune Lark, Certhilauda erythrochlamys
- Erlanger's Lark, Calandrella erlangeri, split from Blanford's Short-toed Lark, Calandrella blanfordi
- Petit's Sawwing, Psalidoprocne petiti, is merged into Mountain Sawwing, Psalidoprocne fuliginosa
- West African Swallow, Cecropis domicella, split from Red-rumped Swallow, Cecropis daurica
The last changes on that page are in the phylloscopidae
- Dull-green Warbler, Seicercus obscuratus, split from Greenish Warbler, Seicercus trochiloides
- Negros Leaf-Warbler, Seicercus nigrorum, split from Mountain Leaf-Warbler, Seicercus trivirgatus
- Northern Marquesan Reed-Warbler, Acrocephalus percernis, split from Tahiti Reed-Warbler, Acrocephalus caffer, with some rearrangement of the Reed-Warblers of the Pacific Islands
- Caspian Reed-Warbler, Acrocephalus fuscus, split from Eurasian Reed-Warbler, Acrocephalus scirpaceus
- Mangrove Reed-Warbler, Acrocephalus avicenniae, split from Eurasian Reed-Warbler, Acrocephalus scirpaceus
- Melanesian Thicketbird, Megalurulus llaneae, split from Vanuatu Thicketbird, Megalurulus whitneyi
- Bangwa Forest Warbler, Bradypterus bangwaensis, split from Cinnamon Bracken Warbler, Bradypterus cinnamomeus
The remaining additions on that page are one bulbul and one cisticola.
- Olive-breasted Greenbul, Andropadus kikuyuensis, split from Mountain Greenbul, Andropadus nigriceps
- Kungwe Apalis, Apalis argentea, split from Buff-throated Apalis, Apalis rufogularis
Only the Certhiidae have additions on the Certhioidea page (2.11). Here Hodgson's Treecreeper, Certhia hodgsoni, is split from Eurasian Treecreeper, Certhia familiaris, and Manipur Treecreeper, Certhia manipurensis, is split from Brown-throated Treecreeper, Certhia discolor.
This brings us to the Muscicapoidea. The starlings and mynas (2.12) have one addition, Southern Hill Myna, Gracula indica, which has been split from Common Hill Myna, Gracula religiosa.
- Abyssinian Thrush, Turdus abyssinicus, split from Olive Thrush, Turdus olivaceus
- Karoo Thrush, Turdus smithii, split from Olive Thrush, Turdus olivaceus
- Usambara Thrush, Turdus roehli, split from Olive Thrush, Turdus olivaceus
- European Stonechat, Saxicola rubicola, split from Stonechat, Saxicola torquatus
- Siberian Stonechat, Saxicola maurus, split from Stonechat, Saxicola torquatus
- Due to the stonechat splits, the Stonechat, Saxicola torquatus, is renamed African Stonechat
- Abyssinian Wheatear, Oenanthe lugubris, is lumped into Mourning Wheatear, Oenanthe lugens
I've made an attempt at better incorporating Luo et al. (2009) into babbler taxonomy (version 2.15). I've also adjusted the beginning of the Zosteropidae to reflect the fact that not all Yuhinas belong in Yuhina.
Tribes have been added to Furnariidae in version 2.06 to better show the relationships between the nearly 300 ovenbirds and woodcreepers. One species has been added: Tschudi's Woodcreeper, Xiphorhynchus chunchotambo was split from Ocellated Woodcreeper, Xiphorhynchus ocellatus based on Alexio (2002). I expect SACC will also do this.
I continue the IOC updates, but there are also some taxonomic changes in the Accipitriformes (2.11). I've redone the Aquilinae, reordered the Circaetinae, and made some other minor changes. Comparison with the IOC list resulted in the following additions:
- Philippine Honey-Buzzard, Pernis steerei is split from Barred Honey Buzzard, Pernis celebensis
- Philippine Serpent Eagle, Spilornis holospilus is split from Crested Serpent Eagle, Spilornis cheela
- Legge's Hawk-Eagle, Nisaetus kelaarti is split from Mountain Hawk-Eagle, Nisaetus nipalensis
- Pinsker's Hawk-Eagle, Nisaetus pinskeri is split from Philippine Hawk-Eagle, Nisaetus philippensis
- Indian Spotted Eagle, Ictinaetus hastatus is split from Lesser Spotted Eagle, Ictinaetus pomarinus
- New Guinea Hawk-Eagle, Hieraaetus weiskei is split from Little Eagle, Hieraaetus morphnoides
- Malagasy Harrier, Circus macrosceles is split from Reunion Harrier, Circus maillardi
- White-breasted Hawk, Accipiter chionogaster is split from Sharp-shinned Hawk, Accipiter striatus
- Plain-breasted Hawk, Accipiter ventralis is split from Sharp-shinned Hawk, Accipiter striatus
- Rufous-thighed Hawk, Accipiter erythronemius is split from Sharp-shinned Hawk, Accipiter striatus
- Yellow-billed Kite, Milvus aegyptius is split from Black Kite, Milvus migrans
There was one deletion: Changeable Hawk-Eagle, Nisaetus limnaeetus, was lumped into Crested Hawk-Eagle, Nisaetus cirrhatus.
The owls have been rearranged and a number of species have been added in version 2.12.
- Eastern Barn Owl, Tyto javanica is split from Barn Owl, Tyto alba
- Eastern Grass Owl, Tyto longimembris is split from African Grass Owl, Tyto capensis
- Serendib Scops Owl, Otus thilohoffmanni was newly described in 2004
- Togian Boobook, Ninox burhani was newly described in 2004
- North Moluccan Hawk-Owl, Ninox hypogramma is split from Southern Moluccan Hawk-Owl, Ninox squamipila
- Tanimbar Hawk-Owl, Ninox forbesi is also split from Southern Moluccan Hawk-Owl, Ninox squamipila
- Albertine Owlet, Glaucidium albertinum is split from African Barred Owlet, Glaucidium capense
- Indian Eagle-Owl, Bubo bengalensis is split from Eurasian Eagle-Owl, Bubo bubo
A detailed description of the shifting species in Trogon can be found in the Trogon section of the page. The short version is this:
- Orange-bellied Trogon (Trogon aurantiiventris) is subsumed in Jalapa Trong (Trogon puella), which itself is split from Collared Trogon, Trogon collaris
- Ecuadorian Trogon, Trogon macroura is split from Black-tailed Trogon, Trogon melanurus
- White-tailed Trogon is split into Amazonian White-tailed Trogon, Trogon viridis and Western White-tailed Trogon, Trogon chionurus
- Violaceous Trogon is split into Northern Violaceous Trogon, Trogon caligatus, Amazonian Violaceous Trogon, Trogon ramonianus, and Guianan Violaceous Trogon, Trogon violaceus
- Austen's Brown Hornbill, Anorrhinus austeni, is split from Tickell's Brown Hornbill, Anorrhinus tickelli
- Luzon Hornbill, Penelopides manillae, is split from Tarictic Hornbill, Penelopides panini
- Mindoro Hornbill, Penelopides mindorensis, is split from Tarictic Hornbill, Penelopides panini
- Mindanao Hornbill, Penelopides affinis, is split from Tarictic Hornbill, Penelopides panini
- White-thighed Hornbill, Bycanistes albotibialis, is split from Brown-cheeked Hornbill, Bycanistes cylindricus
The last change on that page was deletions from the kingfishers. They were the dubiously known Miyako Island Kingfisher, Todiramphus miyakoensis and Rufous-backed Dwarf Kingfisher, Ceyx rufidorsa, which is thought to be a color morph of Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher, Ceyx erithaca.
The next page goes to version 2.02 with additions to the Asian barbets
- Indochinese Barbet, Megalaima annamensis, is split from Black-browed Barbet, Megalaima oorti
- Chinese Barbet, Megalaima faber, is split from Black-browed Barbet, Megalaima oorti
- Taiwan Barbet, Megalaima nuchalis, is split from Black-browed Barbet, Megalaima oorti
- White-chested Tinkerbird, Pogoniulus makawai, is split from Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Pogoniulus bilineatus
Also on the same page, but in the woodpecker section, Speckle-throated Woodpecker, Campethera scriptoricauda, was split from Bennett's Woodpecker, Campethera bennettii.
Besides a rearranged Pionus, there are two new species and some splits in the parrots (version 2.14). Two of these are in South America. I mostly go with SACC decisions for South American species, but this is based on a recent paper by Arndt (2006) that SACC has not yet considered.
- Camiguin Hanging Parrot, Loriculus camiguinensis, was described in 2006.
- Sula Hanging Parrot, Loriculus sclateri, is split from Moluccan Hanging Parrot, Loriculus amabilis
- Green-fronted Hanging Parrot, Loriculus tener, is split from Orange-fronted Hanging Parrot, Loriculus aurantiifrons
- Mindanao Racquet-tail, Prioniturus waterstradti, is split from Montane Racket-tail, Prioniturus montanus
- Hocking's Parakeet, Aratinga hockingi, was described by Arndt (2006).
- Chapman's Parakeet, Aratinga alticola, was both split from Mitred Parakett, Aratinga mitrata (Arndt, 2006).
There was also an addition to the Frogmouths (version 2.12). Bornean Frogmouth, Batrachostomus mixtus, was split from Short-tailed Frogmouth, Batrachostomus poliolophus.
This completes the IOC updates for the non-passerines.
Today's changes only affect the list of species, but not the taxonomic ordering. I've updated portions of the list to bring the species listed in better agreement with the IOC list. This process is not intended to eliminate all differences in the lists, but it will eliminate all unintentional differences when complete.
We start with the base of the tree. Thus,
- Somali Ostrich, Struthio molybdophanes is split from Common Ostrich (ostriches, 2.13)
- Comb Duck, Sarkidiornis sylvicola is split from the Old World Knob-billed Duck, Sarkidiornis melanotos
- Andaman Teal, Anas albogularis is split from Sunda Teal
I have not decided concerning the Scoter splits yet. I also revised the discussion of Mexican Duck (Anatidae, 2.13).
- Mindanao Brown-Dove, Phapitreron brunneiceps, split from Tawitawi Brown-Dove, Phapitreron cinereiceps
- Seram Imperial-Pigeon, Ducula neglecta, split from Spectacled Imperial-Pigeon, Ducula perspicillata
- White-tipped Imperial-Pigeon, Ducula luctuosa split from Pied Imperial-Pigeon, Ducula bicolor
- Torresian Imperial-Pigeon Ducula spilorrhoa, also split from Pied Imperial-Pigeon, Ducula bicolor
- Chatham Pigeon, Hemiphaga chathamensis, split from New Zealand Pigeon, Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae
- Seram Mountain-Pigeon, Gymnophaps stalkeri, split from Long-tailed Mountain-Pigeon, Gymnophaps mada.
I've added one more nightjar (2.11): Mees's Nightjar Caprimulgus meesi, discovered in 2004.
The swifts (2.01) have a number of additions:
- Sulawesi Swiftlet, Aerodramus sororum was split from Moluccan Swiftlet, Aerodramus infuscatus, which is now called Halmahera Swiftlet
- Seram Swiftlet, Aerodramus ceramensis is also split from Moluccan Swiftlet
- Volcano Swiftlet, Aerodramus vulcanorum is split from Himalayan Swiftlet, Aerodramus brevirostris
- Atiu Swiftlet, Aerodramus sawtelli is split from Polynesian Swiftlet, Aerodramus leucophaeus
- Germain's Swiftlet, Aerodramus germani is split from Edible-nest Swiftlet, Aerodramus fuciphagus
- Madagascan Black Swift, Apus balstoni is split from African Swift, Apus barbatus
- Fernando Po Swift, Apus sladeniae is also split from A. barbatus
The hummingbirds (2.01) lose two species. The Miravalles Hummingbird, Amazilia alfaroana, is considered doubtful by AOU (see 43rd supplement). The Copper-tailed Hummingbird, Amazilia cupreicauda has been lumped into Green-bellied Hummingbird, Amazilia viridigaster by SACC.
Two cuckoos (2.11) have been added, both the Black-billed Koel, Eudynamys melanorhynchus and Pacific Koel, Eudynamys orientalis are split from Common Koel, Eudynamys scolopaceus. As the range of the last is now restricted, it goes by the English name Asian Koel.
There is one more of the Otididae on the list: Barrow's Korhaan, Eupodotis barrowii, split from White-bellied Bustard, Eupodotis senegalensis.
There are three more rails on the list (2.11)
- Woodford's Rail, Nesoclopeus woodfordi, split from the extinct Bar-winged Rail, Nesoclopeus poecilopterus
- Calayan Rail, Gallirallus calayanensis was discovered in 2004
- Gough Gallinule, Gallinula comeri is split from the extinct Tristan de Cunha Moorhen, Gallinula nesiotis. The population currently on Tristan de Cunha was introduced from Gough Island.
The penguin species pairs Little/White-flippered, Macaroni/Royal, and Fiordland/Snares are now each treated as single species.
The Puffininae have been reorganized. We also have the following additions in the Procellariidae (2.13):
- Herald Petrel, Pterodroma heraldica and Trindade Petrel, Pterodroma arminjoniana are treated as separate species
- Collared Petrel, Pterodroma brevipes, is split from Gould's Petrel, Pterodroma leucoptera
- Macaronesian Shearwater, Puffinus baroli, is split from Little Shearwater, Puffinus assimilis
The Darter (Anhingidae, 2.13) has been split into 3 species:
- Oriental Darter, Anhinga melanogaster
- African Darter, Anhinga rufa
- Australasian Darter, Anhinga novaehollandiae
There are two additions in the Ardeiformes: Malagasy Sacred Ibis, Threskiornis bernieri, is split from Sacred Ibis, Threskiornis aethiopicus and Eastern Great Egret, Ardea modesta, is split from Great Egret, Ardea alba.
There are three additions in the Charadriiformes (2.04):
- Chatham Oystercatcher, Haematopus chathamensis is split from Variable Oystercatcher, Haematopus unicolor
- Australian Painted Snipe, Rostratula australis is split from Greater Painted Snipe, Rostratula benghalensis
- Vega Gull, Larus vegae, is split from American Herring Gull, Larus smithsonianus
I also slightly rearranged the Larus gulls to better accommodate the split of Herring Gull sensu lato into European Herring Gull, American Herring Gull, and Vega Gull.
I also added Sturnia blythii to the starlings (2.11).
The Vangas now firmly include Crossley's Babbler and have been rearranged to better reflect current thinking on taxonomy (version 2.06).
I'd inadvertently switched the Whitethroats around in the Sylviidae. That is now fixed. I also added information on subgenera and included Moltoni's Warbler, Curruca subalpina (version 2.14).
I've incorporated the recent paper by Nguembock et al. (2008b) into the discussion of the Stenostiridae (version 2.05).
Monteiro's Storm-Petrel, Oceanodroma monteiroi, has been added to the Hydrobatidae (version 2.12) and Vanikoro White-eye, Zosterops gibbsi, has been added to the Zosteropidae. The Zosteropidae have also been updated so that the species list otherwise conforms to the IOC list, with the additional Vanikoro White-eye (version 2.13).
- Splendid White-eye, Zosterops splendidus, is split from Yellow-billed White-eye, Zosterops luteirostris
- Robust White-eye, Zosterops strenuus, is split from Slender-billed White-eye, Zosterops tenuirostris
- Dusky White-eye, Zosterops finschii, is split from Gray White-eye, Zosterops cinereus
- Kikuyu White-eye, Zosterops kikuyuensis, is split from Broad-ringed White-eye, Zosterops poliogastrus
- Taita White-eye, Zosterops silvanus, is also split from Broad-ringed White-eye, Zosterops poliogastrus
- Mauritius Grey White-eye, Zosterops mauritianus, is split from Reunion Gray White-eye, Zosterops borbonicus
- Kirk's White-eye, Zosterops kirki, is split from Madagascan White-eye, Zosterops maderaspatanus
- Togian White-eye, Zosterops somadikartai, is a new species first spotted in 1997 and formerly described in 2008.
The extra entry for Iiwi, Vestiaria coccinea, has been deleted from the Drepanidini section of Frigillidae (2.04).
- Siamese Partridge, Arborophila diversa, split from Chestnut-breasted Hill Partridgem Arborophila mandellii
- Hoogerwerf's Pheasant, Lophura hoogerwerfi is split from Salvadori's Pheasant, Lophura inornata
- Tibetan Eared Pheasant, Crossoptilon harmani is split from White Eared-Pheasant, Crossoptilon crossoptilon
The Falcunulidae, Eulacestomidae and Cinclosomatidae have been combined into a single family in version 2.05 of Corvida I. I also restored Mallee Whipbird, which had been inadvertently deleted some time ago. The corvid tree has also been updated to reflect this change (version 2.01), as has the list comparison (version 2.03).
The duplicate Pyrrhura roseifrons has been removed from the Parrots. I also replaced the Psittaciform tree with a graphic (version 2.13).
I corrected the order of the Paridae and added a diagram (version 2.04).
I revised the Sylviidae, complete with diagram. The Garrulacidae were demoted to a subfamily in the Timaliidae (both version 2.11 of the same page). This required some revision of the Sylvioidea II page (version 2.04) and the Passerida tree (version 2.02).
Finally, Emberiza was revised, including a description of possible subgenera (version 2.06).
The new Parulid genera Parkesia and Leiothlypis introduced by Sangster (2008a,b) were incorporated into the list (version 2.05).
The Picidae were restructured (version 2.02) and diagrams were added to the account.
The Paridae genera were updated (version 2.03) based on Gill et al. (2004).
Several changes were made to the main list at the end of September.
Sept. 30, 2008
I added the SACC changes to Zimmerius and Elaenia in the Tyrannidae, version 2.03.
Sept. 29, 2008
The duplicate turkey and Perdix entries were deleted from the Galliformes (version 2.04), the Streaked Scrub-Warbler, Scotocerca inquieta, was restored to the Cisticolidae (version 2.03), the Herring Gulls were split and I made some minor changes in the order of the Laridae (version 2.03). I thank Gustav Asplund for pointing out these and other issues. He has been added to the acknowledgements (version 2.03).