Dividing the Buntings and Sparrows – I.O.C. 8.1

Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) ©WikiC

Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge? (Job 37:16 KJV)

This latest I.O.C. list of World Bird Names is quite an undertaking. As these ornithologists from around the world gain information from the DNA studies, their thinking of Bird Families change. When the Lord created the world and the birds, He placed the DNA in living creatures and man, knowing that one day it would be discovered. With that said, they keep arranging birds different families.

The New World Sparrows and the Buntings were placed in one family called Emberizidae. Now the 44 Buntings own that family – Emberizidae – Buntings and the 136 New World Sparrows have been pulled out and are now in the new Passerellidae – New World Sparrows Family.

Sudan Golden Sparrow (Passer luteus) by Dan

Sudan Golden Sparrow (Passer luteus) by Dan

I realize many casual birdwatchers do well to put a name on a bird, let alone know what family to which they belong. Yet, when you look in a Bird Guide to find the name of the bird, it helps to know that they are divided into families.

This is just one of the new pages that have been adding to this site with the newest IOC update. Stay tuned, I’m still building pages. I have 8 or 9 more I am in the process of completing.

Emberizidae – Buntings

Passerellidae – New World Sparrows

New World Sparrows (Passerellidae) | HBW Alive

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Hang On To Your Hat – I.O.C. 8.1 Update Underway

Mixed Flock Eating 122717 Merritt Is NWR by Lee

“Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.” (Ecclesiastes 7:8 KJV)

The new I.O.C. 8.1 Update was released on the 25th of January and I began updating this blog. There were a few minor changes at the beginning of the Taxonomic Order. They added a Sclater’s Crowned Pigeon and deleted the Ruwenzori Nightjar. (Simple enough). Then the Raja Shelduck (Tadorna radjah) became the (Radjah radjah) and the Grey Noddy (Anous albivittus became albivitta)

Four more birds had name changes; White-headed Stilt to Pied Stilt, Southern Crowned Pigeon to Scheepmaker’s Crowned Pigeon, Indigo-crowned Quail-Dove to Purple Quail Dove, and the Admirable Hummingbird is now the Talamanca Hummingbird. Okay so far.

Mixed Flock Flyiing 122717 Merritt Is NWR by Lee

When we were at Merritt Island NWR in late December. There was a mixed flock of birds along the trail eating and drinking, then something spooked them and they all flew up at once and scattered. (Photo taken through the windshield) Why mention this?

Mixed Flock Flyiing 122717 Merritt Is NWR by Lee

The Antbirds, of the Thamnophilidae Family, were relaxing in their Taxonomy order within the family until the IOC decided to throw them all up in the air. All 236 have landed in a totally different sequence than before. So, the dust is flying as I am working on the newest update.

Stay tuned! This is just the beginning. There were eight new families created from others as we get further down the Taxonomic order of these families. I’ll let you know when some more family pages are updated. (I have been basically reworking this site.)

Once some dusk clears, I’ll present the links to the Families. [This dust is not helping my bronchitis. :) (of which I am about over with.)]

Birds of the World

Time For A New Update – I.O.C. Version 7.3

Northern Shoverler (now Spatula clypeata)

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains be shaken into the midst of the seas,” (Psalms 46:2 AMP)

The end of July, the I.O.C. released its newest update for the birds. This website is updated. The official number of extant (living) bird species is now 10,694, and there are 158 extinct species. There are 20,074 subspecies. There are also still 40 Orders of Avian wonders. An Order is a scientific way to categorize related birds. Orders are divided into the 238 Families of birds and 2 Incertae Sedis, with also contain all those subspecies. The two Incertae Sedis groups contain birds that they do not know how to classify.

Emu 20101021 Lowry Pk Zoo

Emu Lowry Pk Zoo by Lee

All the Family pages are up to date, plus all the First and Last Name indexes. Several challenges were to discard a Family page and make a new page. The Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) was by itself in the Dromaiidae family. The Cassowaries, also part of the Casuariiformes Order, are in the Casuariidae family. The Emu is now part of the Casuariidae family.

Sapayoa (Sapayoa aenigma) ©WikiC

The Sapayoa (Sapayoa aenigma) is now in its own Sapayoidae Family. It was previously in with the Broadbills of the Eurylaimidae family. This Sapayoa is now all by itself and the Emu now has company. :)

Another major time-consuming challenge was the resequencing of the Scolopacidae Family. That is the Sandpiper, Snipes and allies group. It appears they again tossed all the names in the air and let them settle where ever. It took considerable time to rearrange this family. With all the DNA studies, there will be other air tosses in the future.

Baikal Teal (Sibirionetta formosa) Zoo Miami by Lee

Baikal Teal (Sibirionetta formosa) Zoo Miami by Lee

The Duck Family also had a bit of scrambling and genus names changed. They split some of the Anas genus away. The Shovelers and Teals are now in the Spatula genus, and the Baikal Teal is Sibirionetta formosa.

Grey Noddy (Procelsterna albivitta) by Ian 5

Grey Noddy (Procelsterna albivitta) by Ian

The Blue Noddy is now (Anous ceruleus) and the Grey Noddy is (Anous albivittus). They were Procelsterna.

There were other changes which will be mentioned in Part 2 of this update. There were 14 new birds added and 2 deleted. Several other groups of birds were moved to other families.

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I.O.C. World Bird List

Birds of the World

Last Names of Birds

First Names of Birds

Bird Families

Latest I.O.C. Update is Version 7.2 – Name Changes

The latest update to the I.O.C.’s list of all the birds of the world was released near the end of April. This blogsite, Lee’s Birdwatching Adventures Plus, is almost updated with this new version. All the indexes and the actual family pages are finished. The alphabetical list of names is all that is left for me to update.

Here are the name and spelling changes made with this new Version:

White-booted Racket-tail (Ocreatus underwoodii) by Ian

Booted now White-booted Racket-tail (Ocreatus underwoodii) by Ian

Rufous-bellied Hawk-Eagle (Lophotriorchis kienerii) now Rufous-bellied Eagle
Booted Racket-tail (Ocreatus underwoodi) now White-booted Racket-tail
Oriental Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone affinis) now Blyth’s Paradise Flycatcher
Irrawaddy Bulbul (Pycnonotus blanfordi) now Ayeyarwady Bulbul
Santa Marta Wood Wren (Henicorhina anachoreta) now Hermit Wood Wren
White-bellied Thrush (Zoothera margaretae) now Makira Thrush
Henri’s Snowfinch (Montifringilla henrici) now Tibetan Snowfinch
Tibetan Snowfinch (Montifringilla adamsi) now Black-winged Snowfinch
Eurasian Crimson-winged Finch (Rhodopechys sanguineus) now Asian Crimson-winged Finch

Tomorrow, I’ll try to present some more of the changes.

And the king of Babylon made Mattaniah his father’s brother king in his stead, and changed his name to Zedekiah. (2 Kings 24:17 KJV)