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    AOS 61st supplement

    AOS 61st supplement is out: https://academic.oup.com/auk/article/doi/10.1093/auk/ukaa030/5865308
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    Earth's history on evolution of modern birds

    A new time tree reveals Earth history’s imprint on the evolution of modern birds. Santiago Claramunt and Joel Cracraft. Science Advances 11 Dec 2015: Vol. 1, no. 11. http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/1/11/e1501005.full Andy
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    9-primaried oscines

    Neat webpage: https://theornithologyblog.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/best-clade-ever-the-new-world-nine-primaried-songbirds/ is in reference to Barker et al: Auk 132(2):333-348. 2015 New insights into New World biogeography: An integrated view from the phylogeny of blackbirds, cardinals...
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    California Gnatcatcher

    More twists and turns in this story: Interpreting negative results with taxonomic and conservation implications: Another look at the distinctness of coastal California Gnatcatchers John E. McCormack* and James M. Maley abstract A recent study by Zink et al. (2013) raises questions about how to...
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    LSU team breaks big day record

    On 14 October 2014, a birding team from LSU (Dan Lane, Mike Harvey, Glenn Seeholzer) and Peru (Fernando Angulo) broke the all-time, big-day record with 354 species in 24 hours, using a route maximizing beta diversity in the northern Andes of Peru (Abra Patricia) down to the lowlands around...
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    new idea: English names for Clapper/King Rail split

    I hope the moderators can tolerate another thread on this. Activity on the older thread has died down, and we need some input on this new idea. The draft supplement is due at the Auk in a couple weeks, so I hope this can generate positive or negative feedback quickly. I have come up with what...
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    English names for Clapper/King Rail split

    Fellow forum members: The AOU North American Checklist Committee is seeking opinions and options for the English names for the resulting units of the impending Clapper/King Rail split. If passed, the proposal will result in five taxa, with the following English names options (* = preferred)...
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    New Capito barbet

    A Cornell University team discovered a new taxon of Capito barbet on the isolated Cerros de Sira in central Peru in 2009. Clearly has affinities with C. wallacei, but quite different. Read it here: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/netcommunity/page.aspx?pid=1788#top. photo here...
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    English names for Troglodytes splits

    The AOU-CLC seeks opinions on English names for the possible upcoming split of Troglodytes troglodytes into: Troglodytes hiemalis (eastern North America) Troglodytes pacificus (western North America) Old World forms There are some of us who favor the group name Winter-Wren, which would include...
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    Panama skua - new photos

    I posted regarding this skua a few weeks back. It is still here (in Bocas del Toro on the Caribeban coast of Panama) and yesterday I was able to get better photos. No doubt that it is a skua (as opposed to a jeager in the American sense). Bill looks fairly long, but not really massive. I...
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    SP Skua or Pom? Bocas, Panama

    This bird was photographed today in Bocas del Toro, Panama. South Polar Skua is very rare in the country; pomarine is fairly common. The pics show shape okay but few fieldmarks. When I first saw it, it appeared huge, very broad-winged, and short tailed. It was mainly dark brown ventrally and...