New Australian bird list (radical BirdLife)

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Subject: New Australian bird list (radical BirdLife)
From: colin trainor <>
Date: Tue, 2 Jul 2013 16:10:21 +0930
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.

See below.


Consultation on forthcoming Lynx-BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist

                                                Posted on October 11, 2012 by 
Andy Symes


                                                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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