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Taxonomic changes to the British List

18 September 2012

A Press Release from the
BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION RECORDS COMMITTEE
Taxonomic Subcommittee

In the October issue of the British Ornithologists’ Union’s 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.

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Newly recognised species

Cory’s Shearwater Calonectris diomedea to be treated as three species:
ÔÇó Cory’s Shearwater Calonectris borealis (Category A)
ÔÇó Scopoli’s Shearwater Calonectris diomedea (Category A)
ÔÇó Cape Verde Shearwater Calonectris edwardsii (extralimital

Madeiran Storm Petrel Oceanodroma castro to be treated as three species in the Western Palearctic:
ÔÇó Cape Verde Storm Petrel Oceanodroma jabejabe
ÔÇó Madeiran Storm Petrel Oceanodroma castro
ÔÇó Monteiro’s 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:
ÔÇó Cream-coloured Courser Cursorius cursor (Category A)
ÔÇó Somali Courser Cursorius somalensis (extralimital)

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

Marmora’s Warbler Sylvia sarda to be treated as two species:
ÔÇó Balearic Warbler Sylvia balearica
ÔÇó Marmora’s 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:
ÔÇó Siberian Nuthatch Sitta arctica (extralimital)
ÔÇó 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 . View

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For further information, you can contact –
George Sangster (TSC Secretary) Email
or
Steve Dudley (BOU Senior Administrator) Email

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