“My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:” (Proverbs 24:21 KJV)
Below are summaries of quarterly updates to the IOC World Bird List. We strive to track taxonomic advances in ornithology in a timely way. All of the updated information and species changes are included in the latest version of the list on this website.
Please click on one of the tabs on the pull down Updates Menu above for particular sets of updates, i.e. Species, Subspecies etc. Also see edits of the nomenclature authorities.
Version 7.1 (Jan 8, 2017 )
The IOC World Bird List 7.1 contains 10,672 extant species (and 156 extinct species) classified in 40 Orders, 238 Families (plus 2 Incertae Sedis) and 2,294 Genera. The list also includes 20,344 subspecies, their ranges and authors.
SPECIES ADDED: 13 including one extinct (San Cristobal Flycatcher)
TAXONOMY: 10 including resequence of Ratites, Draft revision of Orders.
The IOC was busy at work putting out their newest version, and we were too incumbered [crashed computer, bronchitis, on-line course] to really get to it. I trust this blog will be updated in the next few days to reflect these changes.
These are the 13 new birds added:
San Cristobal Flycatcher
Genovesa Ground Finch
Vampire Ground Finch
Genovesa Cactus Finch
Three had their names changed:
Stewart [Island] Shag (Leucocarbo chalconotus) to Otago Shag
Wedge-billed Hummingbird (Schistes geoffroyi) to Geoffroy’s Wedgebill
Large Cactus Finch (Geospiza conirostris Espanola) to Ground Finch
They also changed the sequence of the first six Orders. They were in this order:
Now they will be in this order: