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by Kjell Scharning

Message: This is goodbye to the Clements Checklist. I shall move to the IOC World Bird List.
The change will be announced on my front page. You may take a look here to see what to expect.

Abstracts from corrections and updates presented by Cornell Lab of Ornithology on the Clements Checklist web site.

Updates and corrections November 26, 2008
Extracts from the update presentation on the Cornell web site:
A new arrangement of families is adopted with this update, but one that represents only a first step; expect to see more significant changes introduced in future updates.
Clements Checklist will drop accents and diacritical marks (e.g., Sao Tome Grosbeak instead of São Tomé Grosbeak), and names that are patronyms ending in "s" will be followed by an apostrophe and a terminal "s" (e.g., Ross’s Goose instead of Ross’ Goose).

The entire checklist, including updates, is available in the form of a downloadable spreadsheet (Excel) on the Cornell Lab Clements Checklist web site.

I shall not immediately implement all changes on my web site. Below I shall present a progress report on the consequences of this update for my birds on stamps listings.

New English names
Southern Giant-Petrel new English name for Atlantic Giant Petrel.
Northern Giant-Petrel new English name for Hall's Giant Petrel.
American Flamingo new English name for Caribbean Flamingo.
White-winged Parakeet new English name for Canary-winged Parakeet.
Long-billed Hermit new English name for Western Long-tailed Hermit.
Long-tailed Hermit new English name for Eastern Long-tailed Hermit.
Violetear new spelling for Violet-ear.
White-throated Toucan new English name for Red-billed Tucan.
Swallow-tailed Manakin new English name for Blue Manakin.
Western Yellow Wagtail new English name for Yellow Wagtail.
Clay-coloured Thrush new English name for Clay-coloured Robin.
Spectacled Thrush new English name for Bare-eyed Thrush.
Tricoloured Munia new English name for Black-headed Munia.
White-bridled Finch new English name for Canary-winged Finch.

Elevate subspecies maculicollis to species status: Huayco Tinamou Rhynchotus maculicollis.
maculicollis was a subspecies of Red-winged Tinamou Rhynchotus rufescens. The one and only stamp with this species is Argentina 1960. Huayco Tinamou has conspicuous dark streaks on foreneck. I shall change id for the Argentina 1960 Tinamou to Huayco Tinamou. Red-winged Tinamou is no longer on stamp.

Once again Eurasian Teal Anas crecca and Green-winged Teal Anas carolinensis are one. They are lumped as Green-winged Teal Anas crecca. This lump will not by now be implemented by me.

The Spot-billed Duck is split into two species, Eastern Spot-billed Duck Anas zonorhyncha and Indian Spot-billed Duck Anas poecilorhyncha (including subspecies poecilorhyncha and haringtoni). Eastern Spot-billed Duck with blue speculum. Indian Spot-billed Duck with green speculum. Eastern Spot-billed Ducks currently occupy a breeding range in East Asia from the west coast of eastern Siberia's Lake Baikal to southern Sakhalin, including most of Japan, Korea, and northeastern China.

Remove Crested Duck from the genus Anas and place it in the monotypic genus Lophonetta: Crested Duck Lophonetta specularioides. Also, place Lophonetta specularioides after the steamer-ducks (Tachyeres).

Slender-billed Kite Helicolestes hamatus. New, monotypic, genus for Slender-billed Kite Rostrhamus hamatus.

There are extensive changes to the taxonomy of gulls. I'll deal with this later.

Transfer Yellow-faced Parrot Amazona xanthops to the genus Alipiopsitta. Place Yellow-faced Parrot Alipiopsitta xanthops between Short-tailed Parrot Graydidascalus brachyurus and Blue-headed Parrot Pionus menstruus.

The Frogmouth on Solomon Islands is split from Marbled Frogmouth. New name Solomon Islands Frogmouth Rigidipenna inexpectata. Marbled Frogmouth Podargus ocellatus is no longer on stamp.

Threnetes leucurus, new scientific name for Pale-tailed Barbthroat (Surinam 2006),
a result of this split:
Sooty Barbthroat Threnetes niger
Pale-tailed Barbthroat Threnetes leucurus

Eupetomena macrourus, new scientific name for Swallow-tailed Hummingbird Campylopterus macrourus.

The Hummingbird species of Agyrtia, Polyerata, and Saucerottia are transferred to the genus Amazilia.

Notharchus hyperrynchus, new scientific name for White-necked Puffbird (Belize 1980),
a result of this split:
White-necked Puffbird Notharchus hyperrynchus
Guianan Puffbird Notharchus macrorhynchos

Kaempfer's Woodpecker Celeus obrieni, (Brazil 2008), split from Rufous-headed Woodpecker.

Psarocolius montezuma, new scientific name for Montezuma Oropendola Gymnostinops montezuma.

More to follow...
...or perhaps not, from Clements update. I like to have my listings reflect modern taxonomy and systematics. The taxonomic revisions, alone, in this Clements update, will mean that I have to change numbers for almost all bird species in my listings. Not that these numbers will mean much to you bird stamps collectors. But it will mean a huge amount of work for me. And then, if I have to do a lot of work, I have to consider if that work is better done with another bird list as starting point. Is there a better list, for my purpose, available? I believe there is, now. I shall have a closer look at the IOC World Bird List before I decide what to do.

Updates and corrections October 8, 2007
Bean Goose, Anser fabalis is split into:
27019000 Taiga Bean-Goose Anser fabalis. Subspecies fabalis, johanseni and middendorffii. Distribution taiga in Scandinavia to Lake Baikal.
27019100 Tundra Bean-Goose Anser serrirostris. Subspecies serrirostris and rossicus. Distribution tundra in Northern Europe through Northern Sibir.
Both species winters in Japan, China, Taiwan and Korea. My listings of Bean Goose will be renamed 27019000 Taiga Bean-Goose Anser fabalis.

Common Black-Hawk, Buteogallus anthracinus
Subspecies gundlachii gets new species name, Cuban Black-Hawk, Buteogallus gundlachii; range unchanged
No changes necessary for Common Black-Hawk on stamp.

Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle, Spizastur melanoleucus
Change genus to Spizaetus and move species entry to position immediately preceding Ornate Hawk-Eagle
I shall change species number to 30237900(Cl6) and 30233900 (Cl5)

Change Belted Kingfisher, Ceryle alcyon to Belted Kingfisher, Megaceryle alcyon
Change Ringed Kingfisher, Ceryle torquatus to Ringed Kingfisher, Megaceryle torquata

Correct scientific name for Turkeys is Meleagrididae

Black-and-chestnut Eagle, Oroaetus isidori
Change genus to Spizaetus and move species entry to position immediately following Ornate Hawk-Eagle
I shall change species number to 30238100 (Cl6) and 30234100 (Cl5)

Megapodius pritchardii
Correct spelling in English name is Niuafo'ou Scrubfowl

Willet, Tringa semipalmatus
Change “semipalmatus” to “semipalmata

Ruff and Reeve, Philomachus pugnax
Delete “and Reeve” from English name

Kauai Oo, Moho braccatus
Delete species and range (this species appears on Extinct Species list)
I shall change species number from 171144000 to 103000(173144000 to 9620, Cl5)

Bay-winged Cowbird, Molothrus badius
Change scientific name to Agelaioides badius and move entire entry for this species to immediately preceding Bolivian Blackbird Agelaioides oreopsar
I shall change species number from 203033000 to 203097100 (204033000 to 204093100, Cl5)

Corrections July 18, 2007
Black-necked Swan Cygnus “melanocoryphus”. Change spelling of species name to melancoryphus.
Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Falkland Islands, Graham Land, South Georgia, South Orkneys, South Shetlands, Uruguay.

Bonelli’s Eagle Aquila “fasciatus”. Change fasciatus to fasciata.
Angola, Chad, Gibraltar, Israel, Libya, Oman, Palestine, Tunisia.
Booted Eagle Aquila “pennatus”. Change pennatus to pennata.
Czech Republic, Hungary, Korea, North, Moldova, Sierra Leone.

Consequences of move from Clements 5th edition to Clements 6th edition.
Black-backed Wagtail Motacilla lugens (China (Taiwan) 1991 Taiwan stream birds, Korea, North 1965 Korean birds) is now a subspecies to 122 055 000 White Wagtail Motacilla alba.
Indonesia’s recent Wattled Smoky Honeyeater Melipotes carolae will have species number 171 137 100.
Norfolk’s and Vanuatu’s grey fantails have new scientific name and is now 142 027 000 Grey Fantail Rhipidura albiscapa.
New Zealand’s fantails have new English name and is now 142 028 000 New Zealand Fantail Rhipidura fuliginosa.
Micronesia’s Oriental Cuckoo Cuculus saturatus is now 76 020 000 Oriental Cuckoo Cuculus optatus.
Cuculus saturatus, now called Himalayan Cuckoo, is no longer on stamp.
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