Clements World Checklist

To: Phil & Sue Gregory <>
Subject: Clements World Checklist
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Mon, 21 Dec 2009 12:12:34 +1100
Unfortunately, the checklist is not exactly in line with Christidis and Boles, when it comes to common names of some of our parrots. For example Pink Parrot for Major Mitchell's, Slender-billed Black- cockatoo for Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo and White-tailed Black-Cockatoo for Baudin's Black-Cockatoo. Hopefully they will get it right one-day.


Carl Clifford

On 21/12/2009, at 7:23 AM, Phil & Sue Gregory wrote:

The new Clements Checklist updates for 2009 have just gone on-lne, and it is a quantum leap over the previous version, no bringing the sequence and family numbers much more closely into line with the IOC Checklist- the latter is available free from and is up-dated every few months, not just annually.

This new Clements has a revised family sequence and now acknowledges some 223 families (IOC 226), with new developments being the subsuming of the large family of Zosteropidae (white-eyes) into babblers and Drepaniiidae (Hawaiian Honeycreepers) into Fringilliade (Finches). The only omission is the Cnemophildae ( satinbirds) which they retain within a broad Paradisaeidae, so the two major and current world checklists are now broadly congruent.

Frrom an Australasain perspective, we now get some long overdue movement with the New Zealand taxonomy, acknowledging Nestoridae (NZ parrots) and Notiomystiidae (Stitchbird), and Australainn is now in line with Christidis and Boles, though the checklist mow recognized Macheirirhynchidae (Boatbills) as separate, also Psophodidae (whipbirds and jewel-babblers)

Have a look and enjoy the information, these are exciting times in taxonomy for sure:

The 2009 Clements Checklist Updates and Corrections went up this afternoon. Go to for details, also download the spreadsheet at .

number of families:       223
   number of taxa:           31573
   number of species:     9995
   number of unique subspecies: 21107

Phil Gregory

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