BARC Checklist v2015Jan is released (30 Jan 2015)

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Subject: BARC Checklist v2015Jan is released (30 Jan 2015)
From: David James via Birding-Aus <>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 04:39:43 +0000 (UTC)
BARC Checklist v2015Jan is released (30 Jan 2015)Greetings birders,A new 
version of the BARC Australian Checklist v2015Jan willbe available later this 
evening (30 January 2015) on the BARC website. It willbe a downloadable 
Microsoft Excel spreadsheet (BARC_Australian_Checklist_v2014Jul.xls).The BARC 
Website is at: previous 
versions, thischecklist is intended to follow the IOC World Bird Names 
checklist to theletter, in terms of species taxonomy, scientific and English 
names, spellingand sequence. As with previous versions, subspecies are not 
included. Usually,there are no intended deviations from the IOC list (other 
than abbreviating itto species and Australia) and there are no novel taxonomic 
opinions expressedby BARC in that regard. However, in this edition, there is 
one deviation, thecontinued inclusion of the extinct Norfolk Ground Dove 
Gallicolumbanorfolciensis on the BARC Checklist. This upgrade includes changes 
to the IOC list up to 16 January2015 (Gill, F & D Donsker 2015; IOC World Bird 
List v 5.1; If you download the spreadsheet 
you will find twoworksheets. One worksheet is the full v2015Jan. The second 
worksheet is anupgrade tool for those who are already using the BARC Checklist 
(v2014Jul) andwould prefer to modify their personalised lists rather than start 
with a blankchecklist again. It contains a set of instructions for converting 
the old BARCChecklist v2014Jul to this new v2015Jan. Upgrading involves 
inserting three newspecies (two splits by the IOC and a new species accepted by 
BARC), merging twofamilies into one, and replacing two rows due to name 
changes. The upgradeworksheet will also allow users to identify the changes 
that have been made in v2015Jan.Summary of changes:The IOC has split two 
species since v2014Jul was released(Silver-backed Butsherbird and Western 
Whistler):One species new for Australia has been accepted by BARC sincev2014Jul 
(Nicobar Pigeon).One extinct species, the Norfolk Ground Dove 
Gallicolumbanorfolciensis, has been deleted from IOC v.4.4 and subsequent 
versions,as the name has been formally suppressed and the validity of species 
requiresconfirmation. It remains in BARC v2015Jan pending further clarity.The 
bell magpies and the woodswallows are merged into asingle family with a revised 
species sequence. Minor name changes affect one species and one family 
headerrow.  These changes bring the total Australian list to 927confirmed 
species, 18 of which are extinct or extirpated. There are also updates to three 
other BARC lists, coincidingwith this new version of the checklist. All are 
available on the BARC website:BARC_Index_of_Cases_v2015Jan.xlsIncludes a list 
of cases received up to 30 January 2015 andlinks to finalised case summaries.  
BARC_Review_List_ v2015Jan.xlsThe one species new to the Australian list has 
been added. Nospecies have been removed. 
BARC_Unsubstantiated_List_v2015Jan.xlsThe “Unsubstantiated Species List” 
contains species whichmight be added to the Australian list in the future, but 
which BARC has so farnot accepted. To qualify for inclusion there needs to be 
some evidence such aspublished and unambiguous photos, reports of a museum 
specimen, a submissionthat BARC is reviewing, etc. The intention is that the 
BARC Australian Checklist will beupdated every 6 months (in Approximately 
January and July). The other threelists will all be updated at the same time. 
The versions of each will beidentified by year and month as follows: 
[list]_v2014Jul.xls, [list]_v2015Jan.xls,etc. The IOC World Bird List site 
contains more information aboutthe open processes, dynamic revisions and 
cooperative approach of the IOC checklistsystem. BARC Australian Checklist v1 was first 
released inNovember 2011 and this current version is the 5th update.Thanks are 
due to Rohan Clarke and Tony Palliser for helpfulcomments on this update. Good 
birding to you all, David James
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