I.O.C. Version 5.4 Updated on Blog

Amur Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone incei) ©WikiC

Amur Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone incei) ©WikiC

Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him…. (Genesis 2:19-20 NKJV)

A couple of days ago this blog’s Birds of the World indexes were finally updated. With company, a memorial, travel, health, housework, etc., etc. it is finally up to date. In New Kingfisher Species, you were notified of the new 21 Kingfishers in the I.O.C. Version 5.4 update.

This Version now lists 10,612 extant species and 153 extinct species of birds of the world (Version 5.4), with subspecies (20,757) and annotations. There are 40 Orders, 239 Families (plus 2 Incertae sedis), 2282 Genera. The overall count was 33 new species added, including the 21 Kingfishers.

Here are the other 12 new Species added: (none were deleted this time)

Taiwan Bamboo Partridge (Bambusicola sonorivox) ©WikiC

Taiwan Bamboo Partridge (Bambusicola sonorivox) ©WikiC

“As a partridge that broods but does not hatch, So is he who gets riches, but not by right; It will leave him in the midst of his days, And at his end he will be a fool.” (Jeremiah 17:11 NKJV)

Taiwan Bamboo Partridge (Bambusicola sonorivox)
Subantarctic Shearwater (Puffinus elegans)
Desert Owl (Strix hadorami)
Roosevelt Stipple-throated Antwren (Epinecrophylla dentei)
Perija Tapaculo (Scytalopus perijanus)
Cryptic Treehunter (Cichlocolaptes mazarbarnetti)
Amur Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone incei)
‘Blyth’s/Oriental’ Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone affinis)
Papuan Scrub Robin (Drymodes beccarii)
North Island Robin (Petroica longipes)
Norfolk Robin (Petroica multicolor)
Highland Rush Warbler (Bradypterus centralis)

They also changed the English names of these birds:

Indian Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi) by Nikhil Devasar

Indian Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi) by Nikhil Devasar

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “HE CATCHES THE WISE IN THEIR OWN CRAFTINESS”; and again, “THE LORD KNOWS THE THOUGHTS OF THE WISE, THAT THEY ARE FUTILE.” (1 Corinthians 3:19-20 NKJV)

Rough-faced Shag (Leucocarbo carunculatus) – to – New Zealand King Shag
Bronze Shag (Leucocarbo chalconotus) – to – Stewart Shag
Paradise Parakeet (Psephotellus pulcherrimus) – to – Paradise Parrot
Hume’s Owl (Strix butleri) – to – Omani Owl
Tuamoto Kingfisher (Todiramphus gambieri) – to – Mangareva Kingfisher
Micronesian Kingfisher (Todiramphus cinnamominus) – to – Guam Kingfisher
Variable Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx lepidus) – to – Moluccan Dwarf Kingfisher
Silvery Kingfisher (Ceyx argentatus) – to – Southern Silvery Kingfisher
Asian Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi) – to – Indian Paradise Flycatcher
New Zealand Robin (Petroica australis) – to – South Island Robin

They also made these species taxonomy changes:

Wedge-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus pacificus_Ardenna pacifica) by Ian

Wedge-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus pacificus to Ardenna pacifica) by Ian

“And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” (Genesis 1:22 NKJV)

(Puffinus pacificus) to Wedge-tailed Shearwater (Ardenna pacifica)
(Puffinus bulleri) to Buller’s Shearwater (Ardenna bulleri)
(Puffinus griseus) to Sooty Shearwater (Ardenna grisea)
(Puffinus tenuirostris) to Short-tailed Shearwater (Ardenna tenuirostris)
(Puffinus creatopus) to Pink-footed Shearwater (Ardenna creatopus)
(Puffinus carneipes) to Flesh-footed Shearwater (Ardenna carneipes)
(Puffinus gravis) to Great Shearwater (Ardenna gravis)
(Petroica multicolor) to Pacific Robin (Petroica pusilla)
(Leucosticte sillemi) to Sillem’s Mountain Finch (Carpodacus sillemi)


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Species Index

New Kingfisher Species – I.O.C. Version 5.4

I.O.C. Update 5.4 Version

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New Kingfisher Species – I.O.C. Version 5.4

White-collared Kingfisher by Dan - Dan's Pix

White-collared Kingfisher by Dan – (Dan’s Pix)

Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing. (John 21:3 KJV)

Hang on to your fish, here comes a whole new bunch of Kingfishers. With the I.O.C. Version 5.4 that came out a week or so ago, 21 new Kingfishers were added to the Alcedinidae – Kingfishers Family. Plus they renamed a few. No, they didn’t appear out of thin air, they split and raised some of the subspecies up into their own species. Kingfishers have been one of my favorite birds from our Creator.

These are from the Collard Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris):

  • Torresian Kingfisher (Todiramphus sordidus)
  • Islet Kingfisher (Todiramphus colonus)
  • Mariana Kingfisher (Todiramphus albicilla)
  • Melanesian Kingfisher (Todiramphus tristrami)
  • Pacific Kingfisher (Todiramphus sacer)
Micronesian Kingfisher (Todiramphus cinnamominus) Houston Zoo 5-6-15 by Lee

Micronesian Kingfisher (Todiramphus cinnamominus) Houston Zoo 5-6-15 by Lee

The Micronesian Kingfisher (Todiramphus cinnamominus) is now the Guam Kingfisher

Pohnpei Kingfisher (Todiramphus reichenbachii) ©WikiC

Pohnpei Kingfisher (Todiramphus reichenbachii) ©WikiC

The Tuamotu Kingfisher (Todiramphus gambieri) is now named the Niau Kingfisher and the split off the:

  • Niau Kingfisher (Todiramphus gertrudae)
Buru Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx lepidus) ©Drawing WikiC

Buru Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx lepidus) ©Drawing WikiC

The Variable Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx lepidus) was renamed the Moluccan Dwarf Kingfisher and these were split off:

  • Dimorphic Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx margarethae)
  • Sula Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx wallacii)
  • Buru Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx cajeli)
  • Papuan Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx solitarius)
  • Manus Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx dispar)
  • New Ireland Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx mulcatus)
  • New Britain Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx sacerdotis)
  • North Solomons Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx meeki)
  • New Georgia Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx collectoris)
  • Malaita Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx malaitae)
  • Guadalcanal Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx nigromaxilla)
  • Makira Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx gentianus)
Silvery Kingfisher (Ceyx argentatus) ©©

Silvery Kingfisher (Ceyx argentatus) ©©

The  Silvery Kingfisher (Ceyx argentatus) is now the Southern Silvery Kingfisher and they added:

  • Northern Silvery Kingfisher (Ceyx flumenicola)

Needless to say, it will take a while to obtain photos for all these new kingfishers, so stay tuned.

There are more changes in the Version 5.4, but more about that later. They list 10,612 extant species and 154 extinct species of birds of the world (Version 5.4), with subspecies (20,757).

Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. (Mark 1:16-17 KJV)


Alcedinidae – Kingfishers Family

I.O.C. Update 5.4 Version

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