Updating to IOC Version 3.2 Underway

Orange-billed Sparrow (Arremon aurantiirostris) by Michael Woodruff

Orange-billed Sparrow (Arremon aurantiirostris) by Michael Woodruff – Emberizidae Family

Updating to IOC Version 3.2 Underway

Well, the IOC has updated their list of birds of the world again and I am in the process of updating my Birds of the World list again.

Their list includes “10,466 extant species and 145 extinct species of birds of the world (Version 3.2), with subspecies (20,983) and annotations.” My list is being modified this time to only show the species, not the subspecies. I started putting in the subspecies previously, but now am removing them. It has become redundant (because others are doing it) and too time-consuming on my part. So as I update to 3.2, I am removing the subspecies unless I already have a link to a photo.

Dapple-throat (Arcanator orostruthus) ©WikiC

Dapple-throat (Arcanator orostruthus) ©WikiC

They also added three new Families, which makes more pages to be constructed and species to shuffle.

With 10,466 species keep track of and to find a photo of, the subspecies will have to be viewed elsewhere around the Internet. Why even do it, you ask? I do it because I enjoy viewing the birds as I find their photos and seeing the magnificent birds the Lord has created. The variety overwhelms me. How did He (the Creator) come up with so many different colors, designs and stripe patterns, etc.? Wow! I just finished the Emberizidae – Buntings, New World Sparrows & Allies Family. I was adding new photos to it and here is a neat one I came across. Isn’t he cool? Looks like he has glasses on.

He does great things past finding out, Yes, wonders without number. (Job 9:10 NKJV)

“Can you search out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limits of the Almighty? (Job 11:7 NKJV)

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NKJV)

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! (Romans 11:33 NKJV)

White-rimmed Brush-finch ©Dusan M Brinkhuizen

White-rimmed Brush-finch ©Dusan M Brinkhuizen

Since there are websites devoted mainly to photography of birds, I am adding links on my family pages where you can find many more pictures of the species and the subspecies (Other Websites that have photos of this Family:). Photography is not my main emphasis here, but to tell of birdwatching adventures with photos included to supplement the articles. I am also adding links to stories and articles (Articles Mentioning Birds From This Family:) done on this blog at the bottom of the family pages to which they belong. That is taking time, so this is going to be an ongoing process. There are now 237 families worldwide. As they continue their DNA research, more families will be added and birds shuffled.

Here are some of the Families I have updated so far:

Wordless Birds


6 thoughts on “Updating to IOC Version 3.2 Underway

  1. What a wonderful treasure-trove of doxological birding your site has and is! Thanks for all your knowledge and effort in maintiaing and growing this birding site, Lee. And may the LORD bless your eyes — which are such precious organs that we birders depend so much on. > JJSJ


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