Large Grey Babbler (Turdoides malcolmi) by Ian
The newest version of the I.O.C list of birds has been released. Version 2.6 has made quite a few changes. It was released on October 23rd and I have started making the changes to the Birds of the World pages. (One reason I haven’t posted much.) Also making “Kindle-friendly” changes (see below).
When I started with version 2.1 there were 10,340 birds and now they have 10,417 (up from 10,396-ver. 2.5) The families have been increasing also from 224 to 222 to now 233. The ornithologist love to change things around and split and lump the species. Now they have added a new Order (from 39 to 40).
They have already start planning for the 2.7 version. Talk about change. For every change they make every 3 months or so, I have to update this website. This new version is going to call for new pages to be made for that new Order and the new Families, plus the spelling changes. Not complaining, just explaining why the guest writers may be posting more than me.
As for the birds, they are for the most part, the same. It is just how the ornithologist look at them. Some grew a new colored feather and they gave it a new name, and some lost a feather and now it is put back into another group. (Just kidding.) They do work very hard in trying to figure what bird belongs where. The DNA studies that are ongoing are letting them see that the birds are related in different ways than they thought.
So God created … every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and … let birds multiply on the earth.” And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day. (Genesis 1:21-23 ESV)
We do know that God told the birds to multiply and fill the earth and they are doing that within their kinds. Luckily, they don’t have to keep up with charts and list and web pages. They just keep looking for the next meal and raising their families.
Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) by Bob-Nan
The new Order is Suliformes which includes the Frigatebirds-Fregatidae; Gannets, Boobies-Sulidae; Cormorants, Shags-Phalacrocoracidae; and the Anhingas, Darters-Anhingidae Families. (As I make the pages, a link will be provided here)
Another major change is they divided the Babblers into 5 Families -(Timaliidae, Pellorneidae, Leiothrichidae, Sylviidae, Zosteropidae). So I will be busy making and changing pages for awhile. All together the IOC: added 22 species, deleted 1; made 19 English Name changes; changed 16 Ranges; and made 180 Taxonomy changes including the new Order and the new Families mentioned.
Also, as I am making changes, I am making the pages “Kindle-friendly.” I recently got a Kindle that has 3G on it and found out that it will not let you open links, photos, or articles in a New Tab or New Window. As the pages are reworked, I am fixing those links, photos, and articles that link (internal) to this site so that they will Open in the Same Window. All the new articles in the last week or so have also been made “Kindle-friendly.” There are over 1,000 blogs and pages here, so don’t expect it to be changed over night.
Birds of the World (Internal link)
I.O.C Worldbirdnames.org (Not internal link)