I. O. C. Version 6.3 Finished Updating

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) head ©USFWS

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) head ©USFWS

“I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.” (Ecclesiastes 3:14 KJV)

All the pages and links (as far as I know) are correctly updated to the newest version of world bird names. A few of the changes were mentioned in Update to the Birds of the World,6.3. Here are some more of those changes and additions.

The Snow Goose, Ross’s Goose and the Emperor Goose had their genus changed from Chen to Anser. The Emperor Goose also had a gender name change from canagica to canagicus. There were several other birds that had those kind of changes:

Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis moluccus to Threskiornis molucca)
Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinicus to Porphyrio martinica)
Brazilian Tanager (Ramphocelus bresilius to Ramphocelus bresilia)
Black Sunbird (Leptocoma sericea to Leptocoma aspasia)

Red-capped Manakin (Ceratopipra mentalis) ©Flickr Dominic Sherony

Red-capped Manakin (Ceratopipra mentalis) ©Flickr Dominic Sherony

The Manakins had a huge change. Not only did they change the genera, but they also reshuffled the Pipridae – Manakins Family around. Here are those genera changes:

White-crowned Manakin (Dixiphia to Pseudopipra)
Scarlet-horned ManakinRed-capped Manakin, Round-tailed Manakin, Golden-headed Manakin, Red-headed Manakin (Dixiphia to Ceratopipra)
Green Manakin (Xenopipo to Cryptopipo)
Yellow-headed Manakin, and Jet Manakin (Xenopipo to Chloropipo)

Mexican Violetear (Colibri thalassinus) by Raymond Barlow

Mexican Violetear (Colibri thalassinus) by Raymond Barlow

They made 12 English Name changes:
Snow Mountains Quail (Anurophasis monorthonyx) to Snow Mountain Quail
Auckland Merganser (Mergus australis) to New Zealand Merganser
White-bellied Wood Rail (Aramides albiventer) to Rufous-naped Wood Rail
Pomarine Skua (Stercorarius pomarinus) to Pomarine Jaeger
Green Violetear (Colibri thalassinus) to Mexican Violetear
Blue-diademed Motmot (Momotus lessonii) to Lesson’s Motmot
Stephens Island Wren (Traversia (Xenicus) lyalli) to Lyall’s Wren
Red-bellied Pitta (Erythropitta erythrogaster) to Philippine Pitta
Plain Wren (Cantorchilus modestus) to Cabanis’s Wren
Plain-backed Thrush (Zoothera mollissima) to Alpine Thrush
Blue Chaffinch (Fringilla teydea) to Tenerife Blue Chaffinch

Himalayan Thrush (Zoothera salimalii) ©WikiC

Himalayan Thrush (Zoothera salimalii) ©WikiC

They added these new species and deleted the Coot with this update:

Grey-faced Petrel (Pterodroma gouldi)
Townsend’s Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma socorroensis)
Ainley’s Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma cheimomnestes)
Caribbean Coot (Fulica caribaea) Deleted (Now American Coot)
Cyprus Scops Owl (Otus cyprius)
Lesser Violetear (Colibri cyanotus)
Red-backed Flameback (Dinopium psarodes)
Puerto Rican Parakeet (Psittacara maugei)
Sula Pitta (Erythropitta dohertyi)
Sulawesi Pitta (Erythropitta celebensis)
Siao Pitta (Erythropitta palliceps)
Sangihe Pitta (Erythropitta caeruleitorques)
South Moluccan Pitta (Erythropitta rubrinucha)
North Moluccan Pitta (Erythropitta rufiventris)
Louisiade Pitta (Erythropitta meeki)
Bismarck Pitta (Erythropitta novaehibernicae)
Papuan Pitta (Erythropitta macklotii)
Ayacucho Thistletail (Asthenes ayacuchensis)
Aceh Bulbul (Pycnonotus snouckaerti)
Canebrake Wren (Cantorchilus zeledoni)
Isthmian Wren (Cantorchilus elutus)
Santa Marta Wood Wren (Henicorhina anachoreta)
Sichuan Thrush (Zoothera griseiceps)
Gran Canaria Blue Chaffinch (Fringilla polatzeki)


“For I am the LORD, I change not;” (Malachi 3:6a KJV)

Birds of the World contain Lee’s Birds of the World, based on the IOC World Bird List 6.3 contains 10,659 extant species (and 155 extinct species)  classified in 40 Orders,  238 Families (plus 2 Incertae Sedis) and 2292 Genera and 20,413 Subspecies.  All the ORDERs and the Families are listed. Please enjoy looking around at the references to the numerous birds that the Lord has created.

Update to the Birds of the World,6.3

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