Bird list change good for ‘armchair ticks’
THE BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ Union (BOU) will adopt the International Ornithological Congress (IOC) World Bird List from 1 January 2018, after a detailed review. For dedicated listers, it could mean several ‘armchair ticks’ on their British lists. The four main global avian taxonomic authorities (ebird/clements, Hbw/birdlife, Howard & Moore and IOC World Bird List) were invited to submit proposals.
BOU’S landmark decision will mean changes for its British List, as a number of ‘splits’ are currently recognised by IOC but not BOU. Changes include: Isabelline and Red-tailed Shrikes to be considered two different species. Taiga and Tundra Bean Goose to be considered two species. Fea’s Petrel and Desertas Petrel become two species. Thayer’s Gull recognised as full species, not as subspecies of Iceland Gull. Two-barred Warbler becomes full species, not subspecies of Greenish Warbler. Eastern Yellow Wagtail becomes full species. Stejneger’s Stonechat becomes full species. Least Tern becomes full species. Hudsonian Whimbrel remains subspecies of Whimbrel. Redpoll complex reduced to two species – Common and Arctic – with Lesser Redpoll no longer a full species. What do you think? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your views.
At least 120 young Red Kites fledged in Dunfries & Galloway in 2016