Hi - BirdLife International has been quite conservative with regards to bird
taxonomy, but are publishing what might be quite a radical departure, updating
the taxonomic status (global) of 100s of taxa, by evaluating them against
criteria set out in Tobias et al. (2010).
Think this is planned for this year.
Consultation on forthcoming Lynx-BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist
Posted on October 11, 2012 by
Lynx Edicions and BirdLife
International are planning to
publish a taxonomic checklist of the birds of the world, building off
the Handbook of the Birds of the World series, and BirdLife’s
annually updated taxonomic checklist. On top of a comprehensive review
of the taxonomic literature, the new Lynx-BirdLife list will also be
based on application of the criteria for recognising species limits
described by Tobias et al. (2010). The new list will form the taxonomic basis
of BirdLife’s assessments of the status of the world’s birds for the IUCN Red
Information and comment is now sought on a subset of potential
‘splits’ and ‘lumps’, particularly those for which acoustic and/or
behavioural information may be critical in determining the appropriate
taxonomic status. These are listed below. In some cases, details are
provided of apparent morphological differences (with numbers in
parentheses referring to provisional scores following Tobias et al. 2010), and
specific requests for additional information sought.
Note that this is NOT a comprehensive list of all potential taxonomic
revisions being considered, simply those for which input is
particularly sought to determine whether changes to the status quo are
Please provide any feedback and information by posting comments
below. Unfortunately, owing to a tight publication schedule, we cannot
undertake to provide responses to contributions at this stage.
Subsequent to publication, an open and transparent process will be
established by which anyone can provide information or comments to
inform regular updates to the list.
Please see the attached spreadsheet if you wish to search for species in the
consultation by their countries of occurrence: Taxa for forum consultation,
searchable by country
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