New Australian bird list

To: "'John Weigel'" <>, <>
Subject: New Australian bird list
From: "Tony Palliser" <>
Date: Tue, 2 Jul 2013 12:24:36 +1000
Hi John,

I was just speaking with Andrew Silcocks from BirdLife Australia regarding
the checklist this morning.  I agree it is a tad frustrating for there to be
so many lists available.  I get the feeling that Birdlife being so
conservation minded really do need to follow the International BirdLife list
(   This of course has
disadvantages when compared to the IOC list
( )  - as this list is so much more
dynamic, more up to date and strongly encourages input from Australia.    

Andrew, went on to suggest that the list just published was initially going
to include a comparison with the likes of the Christidis & Boles, IOC,
Clements and Howard & Moore.   This would then enable birders to choose
which to follow.  It would appear that most birders - especially the
international ones prefer to follow either the IOC or Clements and most
conservation bodies follow the Birdlife list. For species new to Australia
BARC is currently following the IOC fortunately for the most part this has
little impact although it is time for some clarification & review.

That said I can already see a number of errors within the BirdLife list -
either way it certainly looks as though Christidis and Boles is now


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of John Weigel
Sent: Tuesday, 2 July 2013 11:13 AM
Subject: New Australian bird list

The inclusion of subspecies names - common and Latin for these on the new
Birdlife Australia bird list is great. But it is certainly more conservative
than IOC. Do we regard the new list as an extension/replacement of the C & B
list, or do we now have three lists to work from? Would be nice if it (or
any other) could become the singular list of species that we all use,
irrespective of loss of relatively recent IOC splits.  



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