BARC Checklist v2014Jul is released

To: Guy Gibbon <>
Subject: BARC Checklist v2014Jul is released
From: Russell Woodford <>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:21:37 +1000
Does that mean we'll see an upgrade soon? Would love to see the search
results stick rather than always taking you back to the start.

Looking forward to getting my head around the new checklist. I wonder if it
will mean I might last a bit longer in Bird-a-Day ... :-)


On 31 July 2014 20:57, Guy Gibbon <> wrote:

> 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 :)
> Regards
> Guy Gibbon
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> Subject: [Birding-Aus] 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 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:
> BARC_Index_of_Cases_v2014Jul.xls
> 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 committees.
> BARC_Unsubstantiated_List_v2014Jul.xls
> 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 update.
> Good birding to you all,
> David James
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