I. O. C. 6.1 Updated

White-rimmed Brushfinch ©Dusan M Brinkhuizen

White-rimmed Brushfinch ©Dusan M Brinkhuizen

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8 NKJV)

Well, they released a new I.O.C. version of World Bird Names. This version is 6.1 and I have been working on updating the site to reflect the new changes. It was not a really huge change, thankfully. In fact, they only added five new species and deleted one.

The IOC World Bird List 6.1 contains 10,615 extant species (and 154 extinct species)  classified in 40 Orders,  239 Families (plus 2 Incertae Sedis) and 2283 Genera and 20,601 Subspecies.

The new species are:

  • ‘Tschui’s’ Nightjar (Systellura decussata)
  • ‘Western’ [Striolated] Puffbird (Nystalus obamai)
  • Sedge Wren (Cistothorus stellaris)
  • Bundok Flycatcher (Ficedula luzoniensis)
  • Merida Brushfinch (Atlapetes meridae)

The Roosevelt Stipple-throated Antwren (Epinecrophylla dentei) was deleted.

Common Loon (Gavia immer) with young by Raymond Barlow

Common Loon (Gavia immer) with young by Raymond Barlow

There were some name changes, the biggest one was the forty (40) Brush Finch being renamed Brushfinch.

Here are the other name changes:

  • Great Northern Loon (Gavia immer) back to Common Loon  – Revert to established (North American) name
  • Crowned Solitary Eagle (Buteogallus coronatus) to Chaco Eagle
  • Montane Solitary Eagle (Buteogallus solitarius) to Solitary Eagle
  • Andean Snipe (Gallinago jamesoni) to Jameson’s Snipe
  • Scaly-throated Earthcreeper (Upucerthia dumetaria) to Scale-throated Earthcreeper
  • Macgregor’s Bowerbird (Amblyornis macgregoriae) to MacGregor’s Bowerbird
  • Macgregor’s Honeyeater (Macgregoria pulchra) to MacGregor’s Honeyeater
  • Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis) to Grass Wren
  • Hood Mockingbird (Mimus macdonaldi) to Espanola Mockingbird
Yellow-shouldered Grosbeak (Parkerthraustes humeralis) Drawing ©WikiC

Yellow-shouldered Grosbeak (Parkerthraustes humeralis) Drawing ©WikiC

Then in the Taxonomy changes; here are those changes:

The biggest change here was moving the Yellow-shouldered ((Parkerthraustes humeralis) out of the Card family and placing it in the Thraupidae Family because it is actually a Tanager.

  • Lesser Moorhen (Paragallinula angulata)
  • Spot-flanked Gallinule (Porphyriops melanops)
  • Mascarene Parrot (Mascarinus mascarinus)
  • Chapada Flycatcher (Suiriri affinis)
  • Dickcissel (Spiza americana)  Resequence Spiza as sister to blue cardinals (Cyanocompsa)

All the indexes are up to date except the Last Name – First Name listings. Because it was such a small amount of changes, they will be updated on the next update. The First Name – Last Name indexes are all corrected to the 6.1 Version. (That is the one most people search.)


Birds of the World

Birds of the World Families

First Name – Last Name

Last Name – First Name


I.O.C. Version 5.2 Updated

Ashy Gerygone (Gerygone cinerea) ©PNG Katerina Tvardikova

Grey Thornbill (Acanthiza cinerea) – (was the Ashy Gerygone) ©PNG Katerina Tvardikova

For the last few days I have been updating to the new I.O.C. Version 5.2. This update wasn’t too bad.

“The IOC World Bird List 5.2 contains 10,567 extant species (and 149 extinct species)  classified in 40 Orders,  238 Families (plus 2 Incertae Sedis) and 2277 Genera.  The list also includes 20,803 subspecies.” I don’t list the subspecies here.

Version 5.2 added 10 species:

And Deleted 3 species:

  • Forsten’s Megapode (Megapodius forsteni)
  • Central Nicobar Serpent Eagle (Spilornis [cheela] minimus)
  • Northern Parrotbill (Paradoxornis polivanovi)

They changed the name of 8 species:

Bluebonnet (Northiella haematogaster) to Eastern Bluebonnet
Swan River Honeyeater (Melithreptus chloropsis) to Gilbert’s Honeyeater
Wattled Honeyeater (Foulehaio carunculatus) to Greater Wattled Honeyeater
Giant Honeyeater (Gymnomyza viridis) to Yellow-billed Honeyeater
Ashy Gerygone (Acanthiza [Gerygone] cinerea) to Grey Thornbill
Chestnut-backed Quail-thrush (Cinclosoma castanotum) to Chestnut Quail-thrush
Mottled Whistler (Rhagologus leucostigma) to Mottled Berryhunter
Blue Seedeater (Amaurospiza concolor) to Cabanis’s Seedeater

They changed 2 scientific names:

  • Ashy Gerygone – Gerygone cinerea to Acanthiza cinerea (then changed the name to Grey Thornbill – see above)
  • Yellow-bellied Fantail – Chelidorhynx hypoxantha to Chelidorhynx hypoxanthus

As far as I know, all Family pages and all the Indexes have been changed. The Update is so new that photos are difficult to locate at this time. Many of the “new species” are subspecies raised to specie level. I am sure the Lord knows all about how many birds He Created and where they all are.

My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change: (Proverbs 24:21 KJV)

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

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. (Hebrews 13:8 KJV)

Birds of the World


Updated to the I.O.C. Version 3.5

Mountain Chickadee (Poecile gambeli) ©WikiC

Mountain Chickadee (Poecile gambeli) ©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. (Genesis 2:19 NKJV)

The newest update for the I.O.C. Version 3.5 came out September 30th. Lee’s Birdwatching Adventures Birds of the World has the latest changes.  There are now “10,507 extant species and 150 extinct species classified in 40 Orders, 232 Families (plus 5 Incertae Sedis) and 2284 Genera.  The list also includes 20,967 subspecies.”

After making changes to around 300 pages, you should be able to find one of those 10,507 avian friends with out too much difficulty. What did they change?

They (I.O.C.) added 22 new species, deleted 2 that they turned back to just a subspecies, changed the names or spelling of 47 birds (37 of those changed the name Madagascar to Madagascan), plus they made 30 taxonomy changes.

In those taxonomy changes, they took the Paridae – Tits, Chickadees family and threw it up in the air and let it fall totally different. At least, that is my description of it. Actually, because of DNA studies, they found that the birds are related differently in the family than they thought. They also shuffled the Aratinga species of Parakeets around.

These are the new birds that they added:

Reunion Sheldgoose (Alopochen kervazoi)
Ameline Swiftlet (Aerodramus amelis)
Ochre-backed Woodpecker (Celeus ochraceus)
Iberian Green Woodpecker (Picus sharpe)
Mistletoe Tyrannulet (Zimmerius parvus)
Venezuelan Tyrannulet (Zimmerius petersi)
Coopmans’s Tyrannulet (Zimmerius minimus)
Chico’s Tyrannulet (Zimmerius chicomendesi)
Junin Tapaculo (Scytalopus gettyae)
Delta Amacuro Softtail (Thripophaga amacurensis)
Pale-blue Monarch (Hypothymis puella)
Ua Pou Monarch (Pomarea mira) Extant – based on a recent sighting
Caspian Tit (Poecile hyrcanus)
Sierra Madre Ground Warbler (Robsonius thompsoni)
Cambodian Tailorbird (Orthotomus chaktomuk)
Chinese Wren-babbler (Pnoepyga mutica)
Zappey’s Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cumatilis)
Magnificent Sunbird (Aethopyga magnifica)
Maroon-naped Sunbird (Aethopyga guimarasensis)
Bohol Sunbird (Aethopyga decorosa)
Luzon Sunbird (Aethopyga jefferyi)
Zarudny’s Sparrow (Passer zarudnyi)
Taiwan Rosefinch (Carpodacus formosanus)


(Black-faced) Quailfinch (Ortygospiza atricollis) ©WikiC

(Black-faced) Quailfinch (Ortygospiza atricollis) ©WikiC Now only called a Quailfinch

These are the two they deleted. They went back to being supspecies of the Black-faced Quailfinch, which is now only called a Quailfinch (Ortygospiza atricollis).

African Quailfinch (Ortygospiza fuscocrissa)
Black-chinned Quailfinch (Ortygospiza gabonensis)


Madagascan Pochard (Aythya innotata) ©WikiC

Madagascan Pochard (Aythya innotata) ©WikiC

Their spelling changes caused me to hunt down 37 Madagascar birds and rename them Madagascan. Here are those changes:

Madagascan Blue Pigeon (Alectroenas madagascariensis)
Madagascan Buttonquail (Turnix nigricollis)
Madagascan Buzzard (Buteo brachypterus)
Madagascan Cisticola (Cisticola cherina)
Madagascan Cuckoo (Cuculus rochii)
Madagascan Cuckoo-Hawk (Aviceda madagascariensis)
Madagascan Cuckooshrike (Coracina cinerea)
Madagascan Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vociferoides)
Madagascan Flufftail (Sarothrura insularis)
Madagascan Grebe (Tachybaptus pelzelnii)
Madagascan Green Pigeon (Treron australis)
Madagascan Harrier-Hawk (Polyboroides radiatus)
Madagascan Hoopoe (Upupa marginata)
Madagascan Ibis (Lophotibis cristata)
Madagascan Jacana (Actophilornis albinucha)
Madagascan Lark (Mirafra hova)
Madagascan Magpie-Robin (Copsychus albospecularis)
Madagascan Mannikin (Lemuresthes nana)
Madagascan Nightjar (Caprimulgus madagascariensis)
Madagascan Owl (Asio madagascariensis)
Madagascan Partridge (Margaroperdix madagarensis)
Madagascan Plover (Charadrius thoracicus)
Madagascan Pochard (Aythya innotata)
Madagascan Pratincole (Glareola ocularis)
Madagascan Pygmy Kingfisher (Corythornis madagascariensis)
Madagascan Rail (Rallus madagascariensis)
Madagascan Sandgrouse (Pterocles personatus)
Madagascan Serpent Eagle (Eutriorchis astur)
Madagascan Snipe (Gallinago macrodactyla)
Madagascan Sparrowhawk (Accipiter madagascariensis)
Madagascan Spinetail (Zoonavena grandidieri)
Madagascan Starling (Hartlaubius auratus)
Madagascan Stonechat (Saxicola sibilla)
Madagascan Swamp Warbler (Acrocephalus newtoni)
Madagascan Wagtail (Motacilla flaviventris)
Madagascan Wood Rail (Canirallus kioloides)
Madagascan Yellowbrow (Crossleyia xanthophrys)


There are other changes and they can be seen at the I.O.C. World Bird List Website:


Updating to the IOC World Bird List 2.4 version

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata) by Anthony747

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata) by Anthony747

For the last week, I have been working on updating the Birds of the World section to the new IOC World Bird List 2.4 version, which came out on March 7th. Not knowing that they update about every three to four months, the list was getting way behind. I had started updating to 2.3 when 2.4 came out. So, to get every thing straight, I am changing all pages to the new version without any comments of what specifically changed.

Here is an overview of the changes:

Version 2.4 (March 7, 2010) – The IOC World Bird List 2.4 contains 10,384 species classified in 39 Orders, 222 Families (+7 Incertae Sedis) and 2202 Genera.

Updates include:
ADDED to Master List: 25, including 4 splits of Yellow-rumped Warbler complex (Myrtle Warbler, Audubon’s Warbler, Black-fronted Warbler, Goldman’s Warbler)
DELETED from Master List: 7

English Names: 23 changes
Ranges: 28 changes
Taxonomy: 46 changes including 9 changes of Genera including 5 overdue ones for African greenbuls following Johansson et al (2007), and 1 change of Family (African stone partridges Ptilopachus to Odontophoridae).

So far my Indexes and the Order pages are complete, and I am working on the Family pages. “I’m on it!”

Updated 3/20/10: Just finished updating all the pages to the new 2.4 Version, I think. If you find an error, please leave a comment. Thanks.

Eye of the Beholder – Bird Names

Mom and Baby at Lake Hollingsworth

Mom and Baby at Lake Hollingsworth

Last week, Dan and I went to Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland, our favorite place to go birding when we don’t have a lot of time, my legs aren’t working well, or Dan has a new, used camera to check out. That was the case, I was just checking out the normal birds for this time of the year and photographed this female mallard and her chick. In other words, there aren’t many. Most of them have gone back north to do what God commanded them to do when they came off the ark.

Then God spoke to Noah, saying, “Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you: birds and cattle and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, so that they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.” So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him. Every animal, every creeping thing, every bird, and whatever creeps on the earth, according to their families, went out of the ark. (Genesis 8:15-19 NKJV)

So, the birds have been reproducing and reproducing and reproducing. I have been working on a project for this blog behind the scenes and it has to do with the bird families of the world. The numbers keep changing, but the count is over 10,000 species (living) worldwide. All the Birding committees work hard on putting them into Order, Families, Genus, and then giving them a  Scientific name and an English name. As I have been working on this project, I couldn’t help but think about how well the birds have obeyed.

What amazes me, is how they (Birding committees) decide how to classify them. I have a hard enough time, getting some birds just into the right family, let alone figuring them all out. Warblers being the hardest for me. Here is my idea of this whole process, from a human classification.

Smith Family:
Dad – Black hair, blue eyes, normal ears, round eyes
Mom – blond hair, green eyes, normal ears, slant eyes
Child #1 – Black hair, green eyes, ears stick out, round eyes
Child #2 – Blond hair, blue eyes, long ear lobes, slant eyes
Child #3 – Brown hair, blue eyes, normal ears, beady eyes
Child #4 – Red hair, black eyes, pointed ears, bushy eyebrows
The children grow up and each find a mate with similar characteristics, they move away and continue to have children with their same characteristics and some more variations show up. Etc, etc.

Now along come the classifying committees! Can you imagine how they would try to classify the human race?
I’ll leave that to your imagination.

To get a glimpse of my project, click List of ORDERS of the Birds in Taxonomic Order Just realize, this is a work in progress.