Late last year, I mentioned that the Australian Faunal Directory's
Aves database as a candidate for Australia's "official" checklist. At
the time, there seemed to be a problem downloading from the AFD
database. I emailed the managers of the database about the problem
just before Christmas. Yesterday I received a reply and there is a
problem with a server along the line which spits the dummy when you
try to download the Aves darabase from the AFD. The good folk who run
the AFD have sent me a copy of the Aves database. If anyone would like
a copy of the file, I would be happy to email it to them.
Alternatively, you can download it by Order, Family, or genus.
It must be borne in mind that the AFD database is an ongoing project,
with regular updates as the following passage from an email from AFD
"The significant thing about our database is that we try (desperately
sometimes) to keep it current (to maintain it as a ‘dynamic’ database.
This means that we need to keep abreast of new species, name changes,
have someone adjudicate on classifications, etc. No mean task, and we
welcome all help we can get — whether it be notification of new works,
errors, alternative decisions and so on. " The AFD can be contacted
I think the AFD is a great resource and should be supported by the
birding community, as it has one major advantage over Christidis &
Boles, in that it is continually updated. Also, it is your tax dollars
that pay for it and like all taxpayer funded projects if it is not
used enough, it will be lost. This would be pity, as a dedicated team
has put a lot of work getting the database up and running. It would be
a pity to see it all for nowt.
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