I have been waiting for over a year hoping the new list would be released
as soon as the species had been determined for the final volume of HANZAB.
I need the list for a number of projects that I am doing for the Birds
Australia WA group. I am cataloguing their slide, digital images and
laminated picture libraries. I am also updating the WA checklist card used
for our WA database. The taxonomic list also affects the Sightings page on
the web site, and the RENs used in WA Bird Notes.
We use Christidis & Boles 1994 for all the above, because this is a single
source to reference. It is too difficult to use C&B plus changes from
HANZAB, plus maybe (some of) Schodde, etc, etc. One simple difficulty is
that I also need the Atlas number, and some of the possible changes are
I am aware that there are likely to be changes to seabirds (albatrosses in
particular), Western Wattlebird, two grasswrens, etc. There will probably
be world splits for species like (Australian) Painted Snipe, Australasian
Pipit, Australian Reed-warbler, etc. We in the west are proposing name
changes for Carnaby's and Baudin's Black-Cockatoos as these names are used
by all the recovery projects and therefore are the names now accepted by
The national BA web site has a list updated from C&B 1994, but it only has
a few of the changes, and it isn't the taxonomic list being used for the
Ongoing Atlas project, so it can't be that official.
Jim Downey from BA visited WA in May, but unfortunately I was away in the
south west. I had left a question about when would C&B be updated, but
somehow the question must have been misinterpreted as the answer passed on
to me was about something different.
I gather that it is unlikely that C&B will be updated, as Les Christidis
has a new job that would make it difficult for him to put in the time.
While in the best of worlds, there would be a full reference work published
such as C&B 1994, I would be happy just to see the latest agreed taxonomic
list to be used by the Ongoing Atlas project. The reasons behind the
changes could be left for a future time.
Now that the last volume of HANZAB is being prepared, can a new full
taxonomic list please be released (along with Atlas numbers). I assume
that HANZAB has a Taxonomic Committee that can update the taxonomy used for
the early volumes.
Frank O'Connor Birding WA http://birdingwa.iinet.net.au
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