IOC World Checklist update

Subject: IOC World Checklist update
From: Phil Gregory <>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2009 07:44:59 +1000
A major new revision of the IOC World Checklist is now available as free Excel file; it includes 33 new families, most of them long anticipated, and covers some 10331 species, the first time the magic 10,000 barrier has been passed. Australian and New Guinea common names are still out of sync with what is actually used over here, but this is being addressed for the next update. I can recommend this checklist as a useful and progressive step on the long road to unravelling bird relationships

Here's summary:

This is a first step towards aligning the IOC list of 10,331 world bird species with published molecular phylogenies, especially those of the last three years that feature strong taxonomic sampling and multiple gene sequences. Some changes of sequence in the list were essential, but we defer major sequence changes to allow time for improved stability. Major features of realignment include:

1. Separation of 9 additional Orders, bringing the total recognized to 42

2. Separation of 8 additional families of nonpasserine birds, and 25 families of passerine birds (4 suboscine, 21 oscine), bringing the total number of families recognized to 226.

The IOC World Bird Names Website    has
been updated.  List 2.0 contains 10,331 species classified in 42 Orders,
226 Families and 2199 Genera.  This is a major update that includes
revisions of the family classification as well as species taxonomy. It is
the first step in aligning the world list with advances in understanding
the evolutionary relationships of birds based on the recent surge of DNA
studies. Among other changes, the list now includes revisions of the Old World Warbler Families, and a resequencing of suboscine families to align with South American Checklist Committee classification. We invite you to
explore the list, hope you find it useful and welcome your feedback.

Phil Gregory

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