BirdLife Australia's 'Working List of Australian Birds'

Subject: BirdLife Australia's 'Working List of Australian Birds'
Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:48:42 -0500 (EST)
Thanks, James.  I am an American who has birded in Australia, and I  have 
been struggling with the various taxonomies.  The four species I am  
especially interested in are Great Egret, Cattle Egret, Osprey, and Barn  Owl.  
see that this taxonomy shows the Aussie birds as subspecies, not  full 
species.  Some of the other taxonomies have broken the Aussie birds in  these 
species out as separate speices.
I'll be interested to see the December 2013 update.  It would be great  if 
you could let us know when it is out, and provide a link to it.
Barry Brugman
In a message dated 11/21/2013 5:42:54 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,  

Hi  all,

There has been some recent discussion about the various lists  available to 
people interested in Australian birds, so I thought it would be  useful to 
publish a link to the BirdLife Australia 'working  list'.

For  those interested, it is worthwhile having a read of the FAQ section, 
as this  explains why we have developed the list. In a nutshell, as a 
conservation  organisation we need something that identifies birds at the 
taxonomic  grain available to us, to allow us to identify, as far as possible, 
 populations at risk, and to collect and manage our data  accordingly.

Acknowledging that there are several checklists in use  today, and that 
different groups, institutions and individuals use these in  line with their 
own preferences and taxonomic philosophies (species concepts  etc.), we have 
included for easy comparison classifications from the  Christidis and Boles 
2008, IOC and Clements checklists. The list can be also  be filtered to 
species level.

We intend to publish the first update of  the BirdLife Australia list on 
our website in December 2013.

All the  best,

James O'Connor | Head of Research

BirdLife  Australia
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