WESTERN PALEARCTIC Updates

On this page you can view how changes to the IOC bird list have impacted on the contents of this ATWB eBook since its first annual edition.

2020 edition -> 2021 edition     IOC bird list v 9.2 -> IOC bird list v 10.2

065/0397    Double-spurred Francolin

has a new English name:

065/0397    Double-spurred Spurfowl    Pternistis bicalcaratus

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Family: Rallidae – Rails, Crakes & Coots has been revised and resequenced.

The following species have been ascribed to a new genus:

201/1277    Baillon’s Crake    Zapornia pusilla

201/1276    Little Crake    Zapornia parva

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274/1530    Whimbrel

has a new English name:

274/1530    Eurasian Whimbrel    Numenius phaeopus

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Within Order Charadriiformes, single species Family: Dromadidae – Crab-plover has been resequenced to precede Family: Glareolidae – Coursers, Pratincoles:

237/1398    Crab-plover    Dromas ardeola

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286/164T    West African Crested Tern    Thalasseus albididorsalis

(w coast of Africa)

has been split from:

286/1648    Royal Tern    Thalasseus maximus

(coasts of Americas)

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Within Order Suliformes, Family: Anhingidae – Anhingas, Darters has been resequenced to precede Family: Phalacrocoracidae – Cormorants, Shags

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Family: Phalacrocoracidae – Cormorants, Shags has been resequenced.

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323/229T    Maghreb Owl    Strix mauritanica    (nw Africa)

has been split from:

323/229Y    Tawny Owl    Strix aluco

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Genus Poecile within Family: Paridae – Tits, Chickadees has been resequenced.

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Genus Locustella of Family: Locustellidae – Grassbirds & Allies has been resequenced.

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Within Order Passeriformes, Family: Sylviidae – Sylviid Babblers has been revised and resequenced to follow Family: Cisticolidae – Cisticolas & Allies.

836/747Y    Subalpine Warbler

has been split into two species:

836/747T    Western Subalpine Warbler    Curruca iberiae

(breeds nw Africa, sw Europe)

836/747Y    Eastern Subalpine Warbler    Curruca cantillans

(breeds ne, c, s Italy, se Europe, w Turkey)

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The following species have been ascribed to a new genus:

836/7468    Barred Warbler    Curruca nisoria

836/746F    Desert Whitethroat    Curruca minula

836/7469    Lesser Whitethroat    Curruca curruca

836/7472    Arabian Warbler    Curruca leucomelaena

836/7470    Western Orphean Warbler    Curruca hortensis

836/7471    Eastern Orphean Warbler    Curruca crassirostris

836/7474    African Desert Warbler    Curruca deserti

836/7473    Asian Desert Warbler    Curruca nana

836/7479    Tristram’s Warbler    Curruca deserticola

836/7482    Menetries’s Warbler    Curruca mystacea

836/7483    Rüppell’s Warbler    Curruca ruppeli

836/7484    Cyprus Warbler    Curruca melanothorax

836/7481    Sardinian Warbler    Curruca melanocephala

836/7480    Moltoni’s Warbler    Curruca subalpina

836/7475    Common Whitethroat    Curruca communis

836/747F    Spectacled Warbler    Curruca conspicillata

836/7477    Marmora’s Warbler    Curruca sarda

836/7476    Dartford Warbler    Curruca undata

836/7478    Balearic Warbler    Curruca balearica

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Family: Leiothrichidae – Laughingthrushes & Allies has been resequenced.

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Genus Sitta within single genus Family: Sittidae – Nuthatches has been resequenced.

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Genus Ficedula within Family: Muscicapidae – Chats, Old World Flycatchers has been resequenced.

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907/835F    Black-eared Wheatear

has been split into two species:

907/835F    Western Black-eared Wheatear    Oenanthe hispanica

(breeds nw Africa, sw, western sc Europe)

907/835T    Eastern Black-eared Wheatear    Oenanthe melanoleuca

(breeds eastern sc, se Europe, se WP)

 

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2019 edition -> 2020 edition     IOC bird list v 8.2 -> IOC bird list v 9.2

Non-Passerine Orders have been resequenced.

The following families have been moved to a different part of the IOC birdlist:

Family: Caprimulgidae – Nightjars (Part 4 to Part 1)

Family: Apodidae – Swifts (Part 4 to Part 1)

Family: Cuculidae – Cuckoos (Part 3 to Part 2)

Family: Pteroclidae – Sandgrouse (Part 3 to Part 2)

Family: Columbidae – Pigeons, Doves (Part 3 to Part 2)

Family: Podicipedidae – Grebes (Part 1 to Part 2)

Family: Phoenicopteridae – Flamingos (Part 1 to Part 2)

12 Charadriiformes families (Part 2 to Part 3)

Family: Phaethontidae – Tropicbirds  (Part 1 to Part 3)

Family: Gaviidae – Loons (Part 1 to Part 3)

Family: Oceanitidae – Austral Storm Petrels (Part 1 to Part 3)

Family: Hydrobatidae – Northern Storm Petrels (Part 1 to Part 3)

Family: Procellariidae – Petrels, Shearwaters, Diving Petrels (Part 1 to Part 3)

Family: Ciconiidae – Storks (Part 1 to Part 3)

Family: Sulidae – Gannets, Boobies (Part 1 to Part 3)

Family: Phalacrocoracidae – Cormorants, Shags (Part 1 to Part 3)

Family: Anhingidae – Anhingas, Darters (Part 1 to Part 3)

Family: Threskiornithidae – Ibises, Spoonbills (Part 1 to Part 3)

Family: Ardeidae – Herons, Bitterns (Part 1 to Part 3)

Family: Pelecanidae – Pelicans (Part 1 to Part 3)

Family: Pandionidae – Ospreys (Part 2 to Part 4)

Family: Accipitridae – Kites, Hawks, Eagles (Part 2 to Part 4)

Family: Tytonidae – Barn Owls (Part 3 to Part 4)

Family: Strigidae – Owls (Part 3 to Part 4)

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The following families have modified English names:

Family: Phasianidae – Pheasants & Allies

Family: Anatidae – Ducks, Geese, Swans

Family: Rallidae – Rails, Crakes & Coots

Family: Laridae – Gulls, Terns, Skimmers

Family: Oriolidae – Figbirds, Orioles, Turnagra

Family: Cettiidae – Cettia Bush Warblers & Allies

Family: Phylloscopidae – Leaf Warblers & Allies

Family: Acrocephalidae – Reed Warblers & Allies

Family: Locustellidae – Grassbirds & Allies

Family: Cisticolidae – Cisticolas & Allies

Family: Leiothrichidae – Laughingthrushes & Allies

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146/0851    Pygmy Cormorant

has had its species epithet amended. Its scientific name is now:

Microcarbo pygmaeus

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450/3683    Barbary Falcon    Falco pelegrinoides

(Canary Islands, nw Africa, ne Egypt, s ME)

has been lumped with and is now represented by two subspecies of:

450/3682    Peregrine Falcon    Falco peregrinus

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660/589F    Steppe Grey Shrike    Lanius pallidirostris

(southern nw Kazakhstan)

has been lumped with and is now represented by a subspecies of:

660/5898    Great Grey Shrike    Lanius excubitor

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Family Leiothrichidae – Laughingthrushes & Allies has been revised and resequenced. As part of this review the following species have been ascribed to a new genus:

832/7350    Arabian Babbler    Argya squamiceps

832/7351    Fulvous Babbler    Argya fulva

832/7345    Iraq Babbler    Argya altirostris

832/7347    Afghan Babbler    Argya huttoni

 

2018 edition -> 2019 edition     IOC bird list v 7.3 -> IOC bird list v 8.2

The following families have a modified English name:

Family: Procellariidae – Petrels, Shearwaters, Diving Petrels

Family: Oriolidae – Figbirds, Orioles & Turnagra

Family: Leiothrichidae – Laughingthrushes and Allies

Family: Fringillidae – Finches, Euphonias

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The subspecies of the following two species of Shrike have been reassessed:

660/5898    Great Grey Shrike    Lanius excubitor

660/5899    Southern Grey Shrike    Lanius meridionalis

The birds that are resident in the Canary Islands, nw Africa, locally n Libya, nc Egypt and s ME, and earlier thought to be subspecies of Southern Grey Shrike, have now been identified as being subspecies of Great Grey Shrike. Also as part of this review, Lanius meridionalis has a new English name:

660/5899    Iberian Grey Shrike    (s France, Iberian Peninsula; winters nw Africa)

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The Eurasian Magpie Pica pica species complex in Family Corvidae – Crows, Jays has been revised. As part of this revision, the birds that are resident in north-west Africa have been split to a newly defined species:

684/62F0    Maghreb Magpie    Pica mauritanica

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Family Phylloscopidae – Leaf Warblers and Allies has been revised and resequenced.

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Family Locustellidae – Grassbirds and Allies has been revised and resequenced.

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The families in Part 12 of the IOC bird list have been revised and resequenced. The 18 Emberiza species regularly present in the Western Palearctic world region have been ascribed to the re-defined family Emberizidae – Buntings.

 

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