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KC Foggin Friday 7th July 2006 21:47

New AOU Supplement
Courtesy of Will Cook
Biology Dept. Duke University

The 47th supplement to the AOU Check-list of North American Birds is
just out:
(The full check-list is at:

A big highlight is the addition of two new species that were first
documented for North America on Brian Patteson's pelagic trips off
the North Carolina coast in 2004:

Cape Verde Shearwater (Calonectris edwardsii)
Black-bellied Storm-Petrel (Fregetta tropica)

(Fea's Petrel still hasn't made the list, though...)

Some other changes that affect Carolina birds:

The shorebird tribe Tringini is rearranged and there's a scientific
name change for Willet: Catoptrophorus semipalmatus --> Tringa

The terns are reordered and a number of them are split from Sterna
into several other genera:

Sooty Tern, Sterna fuscata --> Onychoprion fuscatus
Bridled Tern, Sterna anaethetus --> Onychoprion anaethetus

Least Tern, Sterna antillarum --> Sternula antillarum

Gull-billed Tern, Sterna nilotica --> Gelochelidon nilotica

Caspian Tern, Sterna caspia --> Hydroprogne caspia

Roseate Tern, Sterna dougallii - no change
Common Tern, Sterna hirundo - no change
Arctic Tern, Sterna paradisaea - no change
Forster's Tern, Sterna forsteri - no change

Royal Tern, Sterna maxima --> Thalasseus maximus
Sandwich Tern, Sterna sandvicensis --> Thalasseus sandvicensis

The domesticated/feral Ringed Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia risoria) now
goes by the name of the wild species: African Collared-Dove
(Streptopelia roseogrisea). These have been seen in NC, but they're
not established, unlike the Eurasian Collared-Dove.

The skuas/jaegers are elevated to family Stercorariidae, moved out of
the Laridae. The family is placed between the Laridae and Alcidae,
just after Black Skimmer.

jcwings Saturday 8th July 2006 06:35

Thanks KC. I love this stuff.

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