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Changes to the British List (14 August 17)

14 August 2017

The British Ornithologists’ Union Records Committee (BOURC) has accepted the following to the British List

Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus
Second-calendar-year or older, Eoligarry, Barra, Outer Hebrides, 29-30 September 2016 (photographed), and Bornish, South Uist, Outer Hebrides, 2 October (photographed).

Eastern Kingbird_Angus Hogg

Eastern Kingbird, Outer Hebrides, October 2016 © Angus Hogg

A predicted trans-Atlantic vagrant to Britain, with two previous records from Ireland, being widespread in North America, and a long-distance migrant to South America.

Breeds throughout North America; wintering in west Amazonia.

It should be placed after Alder Flycatcher Empidonax alnorum on the British List.

Further details of this decision will be published as part of the BOURC’s 48th report expected to be published in Ibis in January 2018. Upon publication of these decisions, the British List stands at 608 species (Category A = 590; Category B = 8; Category C = 10).

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