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2019 eBird/Clements taxonomy update - convergence with IOC/HBW mentioned

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Old Monday 19th August 2019, 15:24   #76
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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

reposition African/Madagascar Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopicus/bernieri to follow, rather than precede, the entry for Madagascar Sacred Ibis

Clements Checklist v2019 -
there were several instances of new eBird groups, or changes to the composition of eBird groups, that had been changed, but these changes had not been flagged as such. I now have added or revised the documentation in the spreadsheet for these cases. I did not keep a log of all such species, but representative examples include
Collared Inca Coeligena torquata
Creamy-breasted Canastero Asthenes dorbignyi
Common Cicadabird Edolisoma tenuirostre

I also corrected an obvious spelling error in the English name of Xenopsaris albinucha.

One correction I did not make in the new version of the Clements spreadsheet is the problem with Astrapia - meant to, but apparently did not. That mistake we'll just have to live with for now.

About a half dozen or so more substantive errors have been pointed out to me - mistakes in the spelling of a few subspecies names, or in the scientific names of polytypic eBird groups. We appreciate the feedback on such errors - but correcting these will have to wait until our next release (August 2020).
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Old Wednesday 21st August 2019, 11:46   #77
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Spotted a strange inconsistency in new English names for what used to be Petronias: there is now a Yellow-throated Bush Sparrow as well as a Yellow-throated Sparrow next species along. Surely this can't be what was intended, can it?

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Yellow-throated Petronia becomes Yellow-throated Bush Sparrow
Chestnut-shouldered Petronia becomes Yellow-throated Sparrow

in IOC 9.1 updates:
Stet (9.1) Yellow-throated Sparrow, a long-established English name, without the "Petronia" conflict.

So apparently Yellow-throated Sparrow keeps it's name because it's long established, while Clements didn't even use this name before :)
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I have heard an argument that these are far enough apart geographically that the similar names will not be a problem.

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Old Wednesday 21st August 2019, 13:29   #80
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I grew up with "Yellowthroated Sparrow" being a Southern African species (as might be guessed [though perhaps this is showing my age...? ] from the absence of hyphen); while the bird I first saw in Turkey was then called a Yellow-throated Rock Sparrow...
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Originally Posted by Tom Schulenberg View Post
... the problem with Astrapia ....
Can't help but wonder - does auto-correct keep changing it into Aspidistra?
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