[canberrabirds] Updated Annotated Checklist of the Birds of the ACT – No

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Subject: [canberrabirds] Updated Annotated Checklist of the Birds of the ACT – November 2017
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Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2017 10:58:18 +0000
COG’s Annotated Checklist of the Birds of the ACT was updated in November 2017, under the authority of the Committee of COG. It is available online in PDF format at . The new version is dated 22 November 2017, and contains 305 taxa.

The taxonomic order and nomenclature—English and scientific names—used in this checklist largely follow Birdlife Australia’s Working List of Australian Birds, version 2.1 (BLA’s WLAB), in accordance with COG’s policy on the matter.

The ‘Status’ column reflects the likelihood that an experienced birder would record the species during a day of bird observing, at the right time of year, in the appropriate habitat.

The Checklist identifies threatened species, i.e. those declared Endangered or Vulnerable in the ACT or NSW. For more detailed information on the status of the birds of the ACT and region, please see COG’s Annual Bird Report, produced annually and available online at (by scrolling down to the Archives and looking for the most recent edition).

Under the auspices of COG’s Committee, I prepared the 2017 revision, supported by Chris Davey and with inputs from some other COG members.

The main updates reflect:
•    Changes to BLA’s WLAB taxonomic order and nomenclature, e.g. changing the Australian Pipit to Australasian Pipit and Ninox novaeseelandiae to Ninox boobook
•    Additions to the ACT list that have been endorsed by COG’s Rarities Panel, e.g. Tawny Grassbird, and
•    Changes to the status of some species, e.g. White-bellied Sea-Eagle changed from non-breeding to breeding.

In addition, the Supplementary List that was appended to the previous (2014) edition, is no longer present. This is because it included many species for which there are no accepted records. These have been deleted, and the species in the former Supplementary List with valid ACT records have been moved into the single, consolidated, Annotated Checklist. The status of the re-introduced species, e.g. Magpie Goose and Bush Stone-curlew, have been clarified.

All updates to the common or scientific names will be reflected in the Canberra Nature Map .

Please direct any comments, suggestions or queries to me at m("","ACTbirdchecklist2017");"> , or phone 0416 231 890.

With thanks - David
David McDonald
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