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Recent content by Tom Schulenberg

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    Racist bird names

    this is correct. all projects at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology - Birds of the World, eBird, Merlin, All About Birds, etc. - follow the eBird/Clements taxonomy. typically the Clements taxonomy and nomenclature are updated annually. in other words, there's no updating of BOW or any other project...
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    Pteroglossus beauharnaisii

    as already noted here, HBW now is subsumed in Birds of the World (BOW), which uses the Clements taxonomy and nomenclature. but there's Revision History on the BOW site, so a subscriber still can see most original HBW content. in this case, the archived HBW account uses the spelling...
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    Lynx joins with Cornell

    Birds of the World follows the eBird/Clements taxonomy, which usually is updated once a year. Potential new species are noted on the BOW website, e.g., https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/news/newly-described-species-and-subspecies-from-indonesia...
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    2019 eBird/Clements taxonomy update - convergence with IOC/HBW mentioned

    nothing has changed. all changes were documented in the spreadsheets that were released in August 2019. but some users balk at relying on that format, so every year we pull that documentation out and post the changes in a different format on the Clements Checklist website. usually that happens...
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    2019 eBird/Clements taxonomy update - convergence with IOC/HBW mentioned

    This morning we again published fresh versions of the Clements spreadsheets, to correct yet another batch of minor errors: eBird/Clements integrated checklist - remove errant numbers from the English name column, adjacent to the subspecies of Splendid Astrapia Astrapia splendidissima; and...
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    2019 eBird/Clements taxonomy update - convergence with IOC/HBW mentioned

    Full documentation of Updates and Corrections for the website still is in the works, as noted by Daan Sandee. Apologies for the delay, but please remember that documentation also is embedded in the spreadsheet. Speaking of the spreadsheet, we just posted fresh versions of the Clements Checklist...
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    True francolins & spurfowls

    Clements treated Scaly Francolin as monotypic from the first edition in which subspecies were included (5th edition, 2000). that dates from before my time, but probably was following Crowe, Keith, and Brown in Birds of Africa volume II (1986: 45): "Exhibits considerable individual variation and...
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    AOU 2017 Checklist proposals

    I'm told that in this case, NACC felt that the support for the relevant nodes in the phylogenetic tree (Gibson and Baker 2012) was low, and perhaps not to be trusted. Therefore, rather than adopting the sequence you recommend - which follows from the tree, and which was adopted independently by...
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    African/Eurasian reed warbler

    have you taken a look at the paper that IOC cites as their reference for this action?: Olson, U., H. Rguibi-Idrissi, J. L. Copete, J.L. Arroyo Matos, P. Provost, M. Amezian, P. Alströn, and F. Juguet. 2016. Mitochondrial phylogeny of the Eurasian/African reed warbler comples (Acrocephalus...
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    eBird/Clements Checklist: 2016 update

    ah! yes, I added a small raft of subspecies at the last minute. thanks, I'll revise the summary stats
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    eBird/Clements Checklist: 2016 update

    indeed! not the only item on our list of things to fix in 2016 that, in the end, we did not get to. despite the system fail on the Clements side of things, Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse still can be reported from Egypt to eBird, e.g. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S25101854
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    The taxon described by López-Lánus was named in honor of two brothers (Adrián and Alejandro Di Giacomo). Therefore, isn't the epithet digiacomoorum (!), not digiacomoi?
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    Striolated Puffbird

    Actually, I'm a little surprised that this passed. I certainly had no inside knowledge that it would do so. But I also knew from the comments of the earlier proposal that it * might * pass. Currently the eBird/Clements Checklist revisions are released in August of each year. I received my copy...
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    Crowned Solitary Eagle

    I mentioned that "Crowned Solitary Eagle" was used by Dickinson and Remsen, but you're right, I didn't extend this to note that "Crowned Solitary Eagle" currently is used by "everyone else". Good point. There's obviously a risk with coining a new name (i.e., that no one will adopt it). But...
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    Mauritius/Reunion Parakeet

    I think this was reported earlier by Kundu et al. 2012, The evolution of the Indian Ocean parrots (Psittaciformes): extinction, adaptive radiation and eustacy. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 62: 296–305. Doesn't Mascarinus Lesson 1830 have priority over Coracopsis Wagler 1832?