BARC Checklist v2014Jul is released

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Subject: BARC Checklist v2014Jul is released
From: David James <>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:40:20 -0700
BARC Checklist v2014Jul is released (30 July 2014)
Greetings birders,
A new version of the BARC Australian Checklist v2014Jul is
now available on the BARC website as a downloadable Microsoft Excel spreadsheet
(BARC_Australian_Checklist_v2014Jul.xls). The BARC Website is at:
Like previous versions, this checklist is intended to follow
the IOC World Bird Names checklist 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 deviations from the IOC list
(other than abbreviating it to species and Australia) and there are no novel
taxonomic opinions expressed by BARC in that regard.
This upgrade includes changes to the IOC list up to 15 April
2014 (Gill, F & D Donsker 2014; IOC World Bird List v 4.2; 
If you download the spreadsheet you will find two
worksheets. One worksheet is the full v2014Jul. The second worksheet is an
upgrade tool for those who are already using the BARC Checklist (v2014Jan) and
would prefer to modify their personalised lists rather than start with a blank
checklist again. It contains a set of instructions for converting the old BARC
Checklist v2014Jan to this new v2014Jul. Upgrading involves inserting five new
species, changing the sequence of species in three families, replacing eight 
due to changes or errors, and deleting two rows from the extinct species list. 
upgrade worksheet will also allow users to identify the changes that have been
made in v2014Jul.
Summary of changes:
No changes by the IOC affect the species taxonomy of
Australian birds. 
Five species new for Australia have been accepted by BARC since
v2014Jan (Slaty-backed Gull, Oriental Scops Owl, Hooded Pitta, Siberian Thrush
and Siberian Blue Robin).
Two extinct taxa of emu are removed because the IOC treats
them as subspecies, not full species. 
These changes bring the total Australian list to 924
confirmed species, 18 of which are extinct or extirpated. 
There are also changes to the sequence of species in three
families, Accipitridae, Meliphagidae and Muscicapidae. 
In addition, minor changes or corrections affect seven
species and one family header row. 
There are also updates to two other BARC lists, coinciding
with this new version of the checklist. All are available on the BARC website:
Includes a list of cases received up to 30 July 2014 and
links to finalised case summaries.  
The five species new to the Australian list have been added.
Two species have been removed, Little Stint and Franklin’s Gull. However, these
last two may be added to the review lists of state and regional records
The “Unsubstantiated Species List” contains species which
might be added to the Australian list in the future, but which BARC has so far
not accepted. To qualify for inclusion there needs to be some evidence such as
published and unambiguous photos, reports of a museum specimen, a submission
that BARC is reviewing, etc. 
The intention is that the BARC Australian Checklist will be
updated every 6 months (in Approximately January and July). The other three
lists will all be updated at the same time. The versions of each will be
identified by year and month as follows: [list]_v2014Jul.xls, 
The IOC World Bird List site contains more information about
the open processes, dynamic revisions and cooperative approach of the IOC 
The BARC Australian Checklist v1 was first released in
November 2011 and this current version is the 5thupdate.
Thanks are due to Mike Carter and Kevin Stracey for helpful
comments on this update. 
Good birding to you all, 
David James

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