BARC Checklist v2.0 is released

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Subject: BARC Checklist v2.0 is released
From: David James <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jan 2013 02:57:24 -0800 (PST)
Greetings birders and happy new year to you all,
I have just completed an overdue upgrade of the BARC
Australian Checklist v2.0 in IOC taxonomy. Tony Palliser will upload it to the
BARC website as soon as the ink is dry.
This checklist is intended to follow the IOC World Bird
Names checklist v3.3 to the letter, in terms of species taxonomy, scientific
and English names, spelling and sequence. As with previous versions, subspecies
are not included. There are no intended changes to the IOC list (other than
abbreviating it to species and Australia) and no novel taxonomic opinions
expressed by me or BARC in that regard.
This upgrade includes changes the IOC made to their World
Bird Names checklist in versions 2.11, 3.1, 3.2 and (draft) 3.3. up to 1 Jan
2013. It also includes some outstanding corrections to v1.1, some of which were
identified by Birding_Aussers. 
If you download the spreadsheet you will find two
worksheets. One worksheet is the full v2.0. For those who have entered their
lists into v1.1 and don’t wish to start again in a blank checklist, the second
worksheet contains a set of instructions for converting the old BARC Checklist
v1.1 to this new v2.0. Upgrading involves inserting 27 new rows, deleting 18
old rows and replacing the entire supplementary list in one block. The upgrade
worksheet will also allow you to identify the changes that have been made in
Tony Palliser’s ‘Birders Totals’ website will also have a
link to v2.0.
Summary of changes:
Two new species have been split by the IOC (Nullabor
Quail-thrush, Western Quail-thrush).
Six species new to the list have been accepted by BARC in
the past year or so (Stejneger's Petrel, Eurasian Hobby, Eurasian Hoopoe, Fairy
Pitta, Chestnut-cheeked Starling, Eyebrowed Thrush).
Two species are removed from the list (Linchi Swiftlet,
because the IOC recognises the swiftlet on Christmas I as a subspecies of
Glossy Swiftlet; Variable Goshawk, because the IOC now recognises the goshawk
on Christmas I as a subspecies of Brown Goshawk). 
A change of taxonomy elevates the former Australian
subspecies of Banded Fruit Dove to an endemic species (Black-banded Fruit 
Minor changes in nomenclature, sequence or formatting affect
15 species (Black-shouldered Kite, Letter-winged Kite, Hooded Dotterel, Far
Eastern Curlew, Grey-streaked Flycatcher, Asian Brown Flycatcher, Common
Redpoll, Yellowhammer and all seven species in the Family Locustellidae).
The Supplementary List has been reduced to exclude
unverified reports that have not been formally documented to a satisfactory
standard following two clear rules. 
These changes bring the total Australian list to 891
confirmed species. 
Good birding to all in 2013, 
David James

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