[OB] To all users of my website worldbirdinfo

To: PHILIP J STRAW <>, John Penhallurick <>
Subject: [OB] To all users of my website worldbirdinfo
From: Antony Whitehead <>
Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 15:56:51 +0100 (BST)

I know of 2 world bird lists that are regularly updated (there are probably 
others), Clements, and the IOC list.  My own preference for the IOC list is 
that the BOU have adopted it (mostly) for the basis of the British List. 
 Regular updates are published on the website 

Clements is also regularly updated but I am not certain who looks after this. 
 It is used as the base of the list of birds on the ebirds website  

Tony Whitehead

To: John Penhallurick <> 
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Sent: Tuesday, 21 August 2012, 1:53
Subject: Re: [OB] To all users of my website worldbirdinfo

Dear John,

Your efforts have provided a very valuable resource, I am sure many people 
access it even if they don't acknowledge it. Personally I am generally too busy 
even to read emails that are not work or shorebird related.

You have gone to great lengths to provide several taxonomic lists but I am not 
sure who uses which of those you provide. Presumably everyone has their own pet 
list, which to some extent defeats the purpose of trying to standardise the 
order and use of names. Taxonomy is being continuously reviewed and hard to 
keep up with. Peters, Sibley-Munroe and Gill (1995) are all out of date 
according to others who switch between giving birds new names and reverting to 
original descriptions/Latin names.

One worthwhile effort is to tidy up common names that can be utterly confusing. 
Recently Gill and Wright edited an update on behalf of the International 
Ornithological Congress (IOC Beijing) a great deal of effort went into 
standardise English bird names: 
Birds of the World:
Recommended English Names
Frank Gill & Minturn Wright on behalf of the International Ornithological 

One name I see extensively misused, I think mostly by North Americans (although 
Wetlands International have also taken it up) is Far Eastern Curlew instead of 
Eastern Curlew. Just one example. BirdLife International need to follow the IOC 
recommended lists, and so should be all.
It would be good to see a similar move for scientific names. In the mean time 
one could use the latin names used by Gill and Minturn (above) but I will steer 
clear of such a suggestion. Bird classification may never be agreed on while we 
have taxonomists!

John, at least you got me to respond, even if it is not what you need.


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