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  1. Markus Lagerqvist

    New Comoros guide

    Out now: Hawlitschek, Oliver, Rémy, Eudeline and Rouillé, Antoine: "Terrestrial fauna of the Comoros Archipelago / Faune Terrestre de l'Archipel des Comores" Bilingual photographic field giude that covers birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, chelicerates, myriapods, crustaceans, insects...
  2. Markus Lagerqvist

    Palearctic desert birds

    New taxonomic article in Dutch Birding: Diversification and taxonomy of birds characteristic of the Palearctic desert belt Manuel Schweizer Don't have access, so don't know what is says...
  3. Markus Lagerqvist

    Report from Swedish Taxonomic Committee

    BirdLife Sweden’s Taxonomy Committee just published its latest report. Noteworthy decisions are: White-winged Scoter split into: • White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi) – amerikansk knölsvärta • Siberian Scoter (M. stejnegeri) – sibirisk knölsvärta Barn Owl split into: • Western Barn Owl...
  4. Markus Lagerqvist

    Swedish Taxonomic Committee

    The Swedish Taxonomic Committee just published their 9th report. The major changes in the are: Cory’s Shearwater is split into: • Cory’s Shearwater (Calonectris borealis) • Scopoli’s Shearwater (C. diomedea) Greenish Warbler is split into: • Greenish Warbler (Phylloscopus trochiloides) •...
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    New study were it's suggested to give family status to Lamproliidae. Also Cerulean Paradise Monarch Eutrichomyias rowleyi is shown to be a member of Lamproliidae and not Monarchidae! |8.| Other member are Lamprolia and Chaetorhynchus...
  6. Markus Lagerqvist

    Extinct species list updated

    Hi, The Swedish list of bird species extinct during the period from Holocene until 1500 (not included in the IOC World Bird List) in now updated. It now includes a complete list of references (scroll down). The list can be found here...
  7. Markus Lagerqvist

    Black-browed / Yellow-billed Albatross

    A young albatross that was seen yesterday in Norway and today in Sweden. It was initially id'ed as Black-browed, but it's discussed whether it's a Yellow-billed, since it has a combination of darkish bill and rather much white on the underwing. Can a young BBA with dark bill show this much...
  8. Markus Lagerqvist

    Petronia or Gymnoris

    Hi, Wondering if someone knows what the ground is for classifying superciliaris, dentata, pyrgita and xanthocollis in the genus Gymnoris instead of Petronia? IOC, H&M and HBW all use Gymnoris, but Clements still have them in Petronia. Many thanks in advance! Markus
  9. Markus Lagerqvist

    Swedish bird names - extinct species

    Hi, As a last stage in BirdLife Sweden's project of putting Swedish names on all the birds of the world a list of extinct species not inlucded i the IOC list, that have gone extinct during the Holocene Era, have now been published at...
  10. Markus Lagerqvist

    Finally Swedish bird names

    Finally – Swedish bird names! In 2008 a list of suggested names for all birds was published for comments. Now BirdLife Sweden’s Taxonomic Committee had published the first of two parts of the final, official list (there’s a lot of changes made compared to the first suggestions). Part one of the...
  11. Markus Lagerqvist

    Swedish Taxonomic Committee decisions

    Hi, The latest decisions from the BirdLife Sweden's Taxonomic Committee were published today. The following splits were implemented: Common Moorhen is split into: • Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) • Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) Little Tern is split into: • Little Tern (Sternula...
  12. Markus Lagerqvist


    Sounds interesting!: Convergent evolution of morphological and ecological traits in the open-habitat chat complex (Aves, Muscicapidae: Saxicolinae). "Here, we present the most comprehensive molecular phylogenetic analysis of this group to date, with a complete taxon sampling at the species...
  13. Markus Lagerqvist

    Grey-bellied Little Owl

    Hi, Has this been mentioned before here? Grey-bellied Little Owl (Athene poikilis)? Recently described and accepted as a good species in the new Helm guide "Owls of the World". Lives in moutain forests at 2,200-3,300 masl in Yahang and Baosin districts in W Sichuan.
  14. Markus Lagerqvist


    Hi, Not sure if this article has been mentioned before: Multiple gene sequences resolve phylogenetic relationships in the shorebird suborder Scolopaci (Aves: Charadriiformes) http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1055790312001133 "We show that Tringa, Gallinago, and Calidris are...
  15. Markus Lagerqvist

    Undescribed cuckoo species

    Arne Moksnes, Eivin Røskaft, Bård Gunnar Stokke: "Gjøkens forunderlige verden". Tapir akademisk forlag (2011). ISBN: 9788251926942. Genetic research shows that cuckoos in northern Sweden and Finland specializing on parasting Common Redstarts are not closely related to Common Cuckoo (C...
  16. Markus Lagerqvist

    IOC taxonomy birding software

    Hi, Does anyone know what opions are out there when it come to bird lisitng software if you want to follow IOC? I use BirdBase/BirdArea right now, but they only follow Clements.
  17. Markus Lagerqvist

    Help w/ Sand Plover ID

    Hi, I shot this foto of a group of sand plovers on the Buka Passage, Bougainville: http://www.pbase.com/lagerqvist/image/127058376/original I'm not sure whether they are Mongolian or Greater Sand Plovers. Any help is appreciated! Markus
  18. Markus Lagerqvist

    Up to date advice, O'ahu

    Hi, I'll be visiting Hawaii in April and would appreciate some advice about finding a couple of species on O'ahu. 1. Are there any Bristle-thighed Curlews present, e.g. at James Campbell? And from where do you see them, since I undestand that the reserve is closed during the breeding season...
  19. Markus Lagerqvist

    African Chaffinch

    Hi, Does anyone know if there are any good sources of how to separate aberrant, green-backed European Chaffinches from genuine African Chaffinches. I read somewhere, where Bristish records of African look-alikes were discussed that an article was in preperation? Anyone who knows if anything...
  20. Markus Lagerqvist

    Eastern Lesser Whitethroat id

    Hi, This Lesser Whitethroat was photographed in Gothenburg, Sweden a couple of days ago. Seems like one of the Eastern races, anyone who has an opionon from this photo: http://www.artportalen.se/artportalen/gallery/images/swe/birds/2009/large/181745.jpg Observers have noted that it gives a...
  21. Markus Lagerqvist

    Black-collared Bulbul

    Hi, Has anyone read this, and know what is says? Zuccon, D. & Ericson, P.G.P. The phylogenetic position of the Black-collared Bulbul Neolestes torquatus. Ibis, in press
  22. Markus Lagerqvist


    Hi, Has this article been commented upon? Jønsson, K.A., Irestedt, M., Ericson, P.G.P. & Fjeldså, J. (in press) A molecular phylogeny of minivets (Passeriformes: Campephagidae: Pericrocotus): implications for biogeography and convergent plumage evolution. Zoologica Scripta. Can be found here...
  23. Markus Lagerqvist

    Easter Marsh Harrier i Sweden?

    Hi, This bird was photographed in Falsterbo, Sweden yesterday, and looks a lot like an Eastern Marsh Harrier: http://www.artportalen.se/birds/gallery_imageinfo.asp?imageid=166357 Anyone who can confirm or otherwise id this bird? Cheers! Markus
  24. Markus Lagerqvist

    Ramphastos toucans

    Hi, Maybe this new article can give some answers on species limits among the Ramphastos toucans: Evolutionary history of Ramphastos toucans: molecular phylogenetics, temporal diversification, and biogeography Just out in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. Does anyone have access - would...
  25. Markus Lagerqvist

    Lesser Sand Plover article

    Hi, Does anyone have, or know where I can get, a pdf of this article: "Birding World Vol.16 (2003) No.9 "Identification of Mongolian and Lesser Sand Plovers"? You can reply to markus.lagerqvist (at) usa.net. Many thanks! /Markus