BARC Checklist v2015Jul is released (21 Jul 2015) [SEC=UNOFFICIAL]

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Subject: BARC Checklist v2015Jul is released (21 Jul 2015) [SEC=UNOFFICIAL]
From: "Perkins, Harvey" <>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 01:55:44 +0000
Interesting that the Purple Swamphen has been changed already to Australasian 
Swamphen. I thought this split was accepted for IOC version 5.3 (which must be 
just about due for release) but David's email specifies that the BARC list is 
based on v5.2.

Just a comment of no consequence...

HarPer’s Bizarre – a naturalist’s miscellany at

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From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of 
David James via Birding-Aus
Sent: Tuesday, 21 July 2015 7:27 AM
To: Birding_Aus
Subject: BARC Checklist v2015Jul is released (21 Jul 2015)

BARC Checklist v2015Jul is released (21 Jul 2015) Greetings birders, A new 
version of the BARC Australian Checklist v2015Jul is now available (30 January 
2015) via a link at Tony Palliser’s web site. It is downloadable as a Microsoft 
Excel spreadsheet (BARC_Australian_Checklist_v2015Jul.xls). The website address 
Updated versions of the Unsubstantiated List, the BARC Review List and the 
Index of BARC cases (with hyperlinks to case summaries) are also available. 
However, these have now been moved to the Rarities Committee page on the 
Birdlife Australia site 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. Usually, 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. However, in this edition, 
there is one deviation, the continued inclusion of the extinct Norfolk Ground 
Dove Gallicolumba norfolciensis on the BARC Checklist. This upgrade includes 
changes to the IOC list up to 26 April 2015 (Gill, F & D Donsker 2015; IOC 
World Bird List v 5.2; If you download the 
spreadsheet you will find two worksheets. One worksheet is the full v2015Jul. 
The second worksheet is an upgrade tool for those who are already using the 
BARC Checklist (v2015Jan) 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 v2015Jan to this new 
v2015Jul. Upgrading involves inserting three new species (two splits by the IOC 
and a new species accepted by BARC), splitting one family into two, and 
updating or correcting a few species names. The upgrade worksheet will also 
allow users to identify the changes that have been made in v2015Jul.
These changes bring the total Australian list to 931 confirmed species, 19 of 
which are extinct or extirpated.
Summary of changes:
One species new for Australia has been accepted by BARC since v2014Jul 
(Hodgson’s Hawk-Cuckoo).
The IOC has split two species since v2015Jan was released (Naretha Bluebonnet 
and Copperback Quail-thrush).
The storm petrels are split into two families, Oceanitidae and Hydrobatidae. 
The former move to the beginning of the Procellariiformes sequence. Name 
changes caused by splits affect two species (Purple Swamphen becomes 
Australasian Swamphen and Bluebonnet becomes Eastern Bluebonnet).
One minor name change (Coconut Lorikeet) and a split of the extinct 
Cyanoramphus parrots that have been updated previously were nevertheless 
missing from the full v2015Jan and some users may need to make this upgrade. 
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 5th update.
Thanks are due to Tony Palliser and Nikolas Hass for assistance with this 
update. Good birding to you all, David James Cheers, David James Sydney 
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