Australian Taxomony

To: "'Dave Torr'" <>, "'Nikolas Haass'" <>
Subject: Australian Taxomony
From: "Tony" <>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 09:38:22 +1100

Birds (Birdlife) Australia has a committee that periodically reviews the
taxonomy of Australian Birds and as I understand it is currently utilizing a
comprehensive list which includes all subspecies based on the birdlife
international  checklist.  For the most part it is similar to the IOC
checklist but is not yet publicly available.  


So while we wait it made sense to update the 'totals page' to the new IOC
list  given that Christidis & Boles 2008 is now so out of date and not being
updated. The Australian List on the totals page is simply an extraction of
Australian birds from and is not
the "official list".   


At the moment there is no official list, but no doubt we will hear from
Birds Australia in due course.  Certainly the BARC committee is in favour of
the IOC checklist given its up-to-date and dynamic nature and the fact that
it already has considerable input from Australian Ornithologists including
Dick Schodde, Leo Joseph and Phil Gregory for example. 







How does one define an "official" list? I guess if most birders accept it
(and Tony Palliser's site is leading the way) it will happen. Since there is
unlikely to be an update to C&B 2008 it makes sense that Aus adopts an
internationally accepted list and IOC seems as good as any. I assume that
BirdLife Australia will have to take a position at some stage!


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