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Opus taxonomy updates (1 Viewer)

Alan Manson

KwaZulu-Natal birder
Opus Editor
A few of the Opus editors were getting frustrated with being stuck with the outdated (1996) Sibley and Monroe, so it has been agreed that we will use the latest Clements, IOC and Howard and Moore to decide which species qualify for pages in Opus. Quoting from the relevant help page:

Our list of species is based on the latest update of Clements; However, if the latest editions of the Howard and Moore and IOC lists agree on a split (or a lump) then we follow that consensus. If only one of the two splits, we mention it (Includes: ...) here, but we don't have an article for the split. To check which list accepts which species we use the spreadsheets available on the Clements and IOC web pages and/or the web-based database Avibase.

For the common English name (page title for each species) we use the same approach; we use the name in the latest Clements update unless the latest versions of Howard & Moore and IOC agree on a different name. If in doubt (and some cases are complicated), start a discussion thread for the species to seek advice.
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