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Friday, 16 September 2011

Recent splits

The 7th Report of the Taxonomic Sub-Committee of the BOURC has been published in Ibis.

It describes the following splits:

Capped Petrel Pterodroma hasitata (Cat. A)
Bermuda Petrel Pterodroma cahow

Water Rail Rallus aquaticus (Cat. A)
Brown-cheeked Rail Rallus indicus

Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus (Cat. A)
Snowy Plover Charadrius nivosus

Eurasian Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus (Cat. A)
Hudsonian Whimbrel Numenius hudsonicus (Cat. A)

Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis (Cat. A)
Cabot’s Tern Sterna acuflavida (Cat. A)

Sand Martin Riparia riparia (Cat. A)
Pale Martin Riparia diluta

European Stonechat Saxicola rubicola (Cat. A)
Siberian Stonechat Saxicola maurus (Cat. A)
African Stonechat Saxicola torquatus

Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula (Cat. A)
Azores Bullfinch Pyrrhula murina

The large skuas have been re-examined; 3 Hippos and 1 Acro have been renamed (finally) into Iduna (Eastern Olivaceous, Booted, Syke's, Thick-billed); chats and flycatchers have been re-ordered (again); eastern Lucinias have been renamed, as have Siberian Thrush and Greenfinch.

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