Revised taxonomy of Australian Birds

To: "Alastair Smith" <>, "'Messages Birding-aus'" <>
Subject: Revised taxonomy of Australian Birds
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2006 18:19:08 +1100
In view of Alastair's note regarding the expected publication later this year of the revised Australian Checklist, 'The Taxonomy and Species of Birds of Australia & its Territories' by Christidis & Boles, I list below some changes I anticipate regarding species as currently defined in the 1994 edition; i.e. ignoring taxonomic changes. A lot has happened in the last 11 years!
    Additions to the ?Species List? (26)
Spotted Whistling Duck
Little Grebe
Jouanin?s Petrel
Newell?s Shearwater
Swinhoe?s Storm-Petrel
Tristram?s Storm-Petrel
Schrenck?s Bittern
Cinnamon Bittern
Oriental Honey-Buzzard
South Island Pied Oystercatcher
Short-billed Dowitcher
Common Gull
Orange-bellied Fruit-Dove
Asian Koel
Grey Nightjar
Papuan Spine-tailed Swift
Common Kingfisher
Pale-headed Munia
Red-capped Flowerpecker
Asian House Martin
Blue Rock Thrush
Isabelline Wheatear
Narcissus Flycatcher
Blue and White Flycatcher
Purple-backed Starling
Rosy Starling

    Additions to the ?Species List? elevated from the ?Supplementary List? (13)
Green Junglefowl
Helmeted Guineafowl
Atlantic Petrel
Laysan Albatross
Grey Heron
Weka (extinct on Macquarie Island)
Green Sandpiper
American Golden Plover
Lesser Black-backed Gull
House Crow
Brown Shrike
Pechora Pipit
Singing Starling

    Additions to the ?Supplementary List? (23)
    Species that are the subject of claims that may be genuine. Several have yet to be assessed by BARC. Some have been reported in publications (23).
Collared Petrel
Purple Heron
Chinese/Javan Pond Heron
Western Reef Egret
Japanese Sparrowhawk
Chinese Goshawk
Eurasian Hobby
Kerguelen Tern
Orange-fronted Fruit-Dove
Rose-ringed Parakeet
Lesser Coucal
Edible-nest Swiftlet
Brown-backed Needletail
Silver-rumped Needletail
Black-capped Kingfisher
Chestnut-breasted Kookaburra
Island Monarch
Tiger Shrike
Black-billed Magpie
Middendorff?s Grasshopper Warbler
Northern Wheatear
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Streaked-headed (White-spotted) Mannikin

    Species that might be removed from the ?Supplementary List? (3+)
Long-billed Dowitcher (proved to be a Short-billed Dowitcher).
Cox?s Sandpiper (proved to be a hybrid).
Tawny Pipit (see Johnstone & Storr, WA Birds, vol. 2), 
 ?.  and probably some others.
Mike Carter
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mt Eliza    VIC     3930
Ph:  (03) 9787 7136
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