BARC Checklist v2014Jul is released

To: "'David James'" <>, "'Birding_Aus'" <>
Subject: BARC Checklist v2014Jul is released
From: "Guy Gibbon" <>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:57:20 +0200
Thanks David, Mike and Kevin for a job really well done. The lists are very 
clear and comprehensive, and make an excellent reference in terms of up-to-date 
taxonomy and new species.  I used the BARC lists as a reference for the Pizzey 
and Knight apps and cannot praise your work highly enough.  Please keep up the 
good work.

The only problem is I now have to add some new species :) 

Guy Gibbon

-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of 
David James
Sent: 30 July 2014 11:40 PM
To: Birding_Aus
Subject: BARC Checklist v2014Jul is released

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 rows due to changes or 
errors, and deleting two rows from the extinct species list. The upgrade 
worksheet will also allow users to identify the changes that have been made in 
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.     BARC_Reviw_List_v2014Jul.xls 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, [list]_v2015Jan.xls, etc. 
The IOC World Bird List site contains more information about the open 
processes, dynamic revisions and cooperative approach of the IOC checklist 
system. 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 
Good birding to you all,
David James

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