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Main changes in the January 2008 version

Wed, 11/21/2012 - 12:17 -- abc_admin

The major change to this version over the previous (January 2007) one is the addition of Range and Status information for the passerines.

Changes to the main preferred names lines are detailed below. The only scientific name changes are those correcting errors. There are several preferred English name changes. Most of these are the adoption of the preferred IOC name, but this has only been done when this was supported by all other recent texts. Finally there have been several additional species added, the considerable majority being vagrants to one or more of the islands or island groups, especially of North American species occurring on islands in the North Atlantic.

All Introduced and doubtful species are placed in square brackets.

In addition now all Vagrants known only from islands (ie not on mainland Africa) and those where specific records are not known at all are placed in round brackets.

The new (6th) edition of the Clements checklist (CMT) has been noted and all notes referring to CMT now refer to this edition. Also the corrections and updates noted on the web ( have been incorporated (corrections and updates dated 18 July 2007 and 8 October 2007). (In practice the main changes this 6th edition have put onto this checklist have been to remove many of the instances where CMT was inconsistent with others.)

The new BirdLife checklist (
) has been noted and incorporated as necessary (as BL). This is noted as being preliminary but was considered worth incorporating because of the legal status of a 'species' in some places and BirdLife's control over the Red List.

Finally the latest (vol.12) of Handbook of the Birds of the World has been noted (affecting Timaliidae and Paridae).

Scientific Name changes

For this version I have not reviewed scientific names as I did for the January 2007 version. The four that follow are corrections following errors in that version.

[Francolinus pondericanus becomes Francolinus pondicerianus Grey Francolin Francolin gris]
A typing error in January 2007 version

Nigrita canicapilla Grey-crowned Nigrita becomes Nigrita canicapillus Grey-headed Negrofinch
Nigrita fusconota White-breasted Nigrita becomes Nigrita fusconotus White-breasted Negrofinch
Correcting back to what they should be, following error in January 2007 version.

Ortygospiza fuscocrissa African Quailfinch Astril-caille à lunettes is split off from Ortygospiza atricollis
Correction from the January 2007 version. It is clear there should be either 1 or 3 species of Ortygospiza and not 2.

There are also three typing errors now corrected -- one of the Lophotis bustards, Malaconotus spp and one of the Cryptospiza species.

English or French preferred name changes

These are mostly changes to come into line with the IOC list, and where both the latest version of CMT and the BirdLife list agree with that.

Phoebetria fusca Dark-mantled Sooty Albatross becomes Sooty Albatross
Phoebetria palpebrata Light-mantled Sooty Albatross becomes Light-mantled Albatross

Butorides striata Green-backed Heron becomes Striated Heron
Egretta ardesiaca Black Egret becomes Black Heron
Gyps africanus African White-backed Vulture becomes White-backed Vulture
Aegypius monachus Eurasian Black Vulture becomes Cinereous Vulture
Accipiter ovampensis Ovambo Sparrowhawk becomes Ovampo Sparrowhawk

Rallus aquaticus European Water Rail becomes Water Rail
Rallus madagascariensis Madagascar Water Rail becomes Madagascar Rail

Vanellus lugubris Lesser Black-winged Lapwing becomes Senegal Lapwing

Chionis minor Lesser Sheathbill becomes Black-faced Sheathbill
Chionis albus Yellow-billed Sheathbill becomes Snowy Sheathbill

[Geopelia striata Barred Ground Dove ??] becomes Zebra Dove Géopélie zébrée

Streptopelia reichenowi African White-winged Dove becomes White-winged Collared Dove

Cuculus poliocephalus Asian Lesser Cuckoo becomes Lesser Cuckoo
Cuculus rochii Madagascar Lesser Cuckoo becomes Madagascar Cuckoo

Asio otus Northern Long-eared Owl becomes Long-eared Owl

Caprimulgus fraenatus Dusky Nightjar becomes Sombre Nightjar

Halcyon chloris White-collared Kingfisher becomes Collared Kingfisher

Tockus erythrorhynchus Red-billed Hornbill Petit Calao à bec rouge becomes Calao à bec rouge

Mirafra hova Madagascar Bush Lark becomes Madagascar Lark
Mirafra albicauda White-tailed Bush Lark becomes White-tailed Lark
Mirafra hypermetra Red-winged Bush Lark becomes Red-winged Lark
Mirafra alopex Abyssinian Lark becomes Foxy Lark
Calandrella somalica Rufous Short-toed Lark becomes Somali Short-toed Lark
Eremophila bilopha Temminck's Horned Lark becomes Temminck's Lark

Andropadus curvirostris Cameroon Sombre Greenbul becomes Plain Greenbul
Andropadus importunus Zanzibar Sombre Greenbul becomes Sombre Greenbul
Pycnonotus xanthopygos White-eyed Bulbul becomes White-spectacled Bulbul

Irania gutturalis Irania Irania à gorge blanche becomes White-throated Robin Iranie à gorge blanche

Cercotrichas quadrivirgata Eastern Bearded Scrub-Robin becomes Bearded Scrub Robin
Cercotrichas galactotes Rufous Scrub Robin becomes Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin
Oenanthe monticola Mountain Chat becomes Mountain Wheatear
Cercomela sordida Hill Chat becomes Moorland Chat
Thamnolaea cinnamomeiventris Cliff Chat becomes Mocking Cliff Chat
Monticola saxatilis Common Rock Thrush becomes Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush

Nesillas aldabrana Aldabra Warbler becomes Aldabra Brush Warbler
Schoenicola brevirostris Broad-tailed Warbler becomes Fan-tailed Grassbird
Sylvietta isabellina Somali Long-billed Crombec becomes Somali Crombec

Camaroptera brachyura Grey-backed Camaroptera becomes Green-backed Camaroptera

Parus griseiventris Miombo Grey Tit becomes Miombo Tit

Nectarinia famosa Yellow-tufted Malachite Sunbird becomes Malachite Sunbird

Zosterops senegalensis Yellow White-eye becomes African Yellow White-eye
Zosterops olivaceus Réunion White-eye becomes Réunion Olive White-eye
Speirops lugubris São Tomé Speirops becomes Black-capped Speirops

Rhodophoneus cruentus Rosy-patched Shrike becomes Rosy-patched Bush Shrike

Dicrurus forficatus Madagascar Crested Drongo becomes Crested Drongo

Corvus capensis Cape Rook becomes Cape Crow

Onychognathus fulgidus Forest Chestnut-winged Starling becomes Chestnut-winged Starling
Onychognathus blythii Somali Chestnut-winged Starling becomes Somali Starling
Lamprotornis mevesii Meves's Long-tailed Starling becomes Meves's Starling
Neocichla gutturalis White-winged Starling becomes Babbling Starling
Sturnus roseus Rose-coloured Starling becomes Rosy Starling
Passer montanus Tree Sparrow becomes Eurasian Tree Sparrow

All Nigrita spp .. Nigrita become . Negrofinch
Amandava subflava Orange-breasted Waxbill becomes Zebra Waxbill

Vidua maryae Plateau Indigobird becomes Jos Plateau Indigobird
Vidua raricola Goldbreast Indigobird becomes Jambandu Indigobird

Carpodacus erythrinus Scarlet Rosefinch becomes Common Rosefinch

Emberiza cia European Rock Bunting becomes Rock Bunting


The majority of these are vagrants which have occurred on one or more of the surrounding islands rather than mainland Africa, and especially those in the North Atlantic. As will be clear many are North American vagrants which have occurred on the Azores.

Pterodroma ultima Murphy's Petrel Pétrel de Murphy
Pterodroma cahow Bermuda Petrel Pétrel des Bermudes

Botaurus lentiginosus American Bittern Butor d'Amérique
Ixobrychus exilis Least Bittern Petit Blongios
Ardea cocoi Cocoi Heron Héron cocoi
Butorides virescens Green Heron Héron vert
Egretta tricolor Tricoloured Heron Aigrette tricolour

Anser brachyrhynchus Pink-footed Goose Oie à bec court
Anas flavirostris Speckled Teal Sarcelle tachetée
Melanitta perspicillata Surf Scoter Macreuse à front blanc
Somateria mollissima Common Eider Eider à duvet
Clangula hyemalis Long-tailed Duck Harelde kakawi

Elanoides forficatus American Swallow-tailed Kite Milan à queue fourchue

Falco sparverius American Kestrel Crécerelle d'Amérique

[Phasianus colchicus Common Pheasant Faisan de Colchide]
[Perdicula asiatica Jungle Bush Quail Perdicule rousse-gorge]
[Alectoris rufa Red-legged Partridge Perdrix rouge]

Neocrex erythrops Paint-billed Crake Râle à bec peint
Fulica americana American Coot Foulque d'Amérique
Fulica armillata Red-gartered Coot Foulque à jarretières

Charadrius vociferus Killdeer Pluvier kildir
Charadrius modestus South American Dotterel Pluvier d'Urville

Calidris mauri Western Sandpiper Bécasseau d'Alaska
Gallinago delicata Wilson's Snipe ??
Catoptrophorus semipalmatus Willet Chevalier semipalmé

Sterna elegans Elegant Tern Sterne élégante
Sterna forsteri Forster's Tern Sterne de Forster

Uria lomvia Brunnich's Guillemot Guillemot de Brunnich

Zenaida macroura Mourning Dove Tourterelle triste

[Myiopsitta monachus Monk Parakeet Conure veuve]

Coccyzus erythrophthalmus Black-billed Cuckoo Coulicou à bec noir
Coccyzus melacoryphus Dark-billed Cuckoo Coulicou de Vieillot

Chordeiles minor Common Nighthawk Engoulevent d'Amérique

Ceryle alcyon Belted Kingfisher Martin-pêcheur d'Amérique

Petrochelidon pyrrhonota American Cliff Swallow Hirondelle à front blanc

Mimus polyglottos Northern Mockingbird Moqueur polyglotte
Dumetella carolinensis Grey Catbird Moqueur chat

Hylocichla mustelina Wood Thrush Grive des bois
Catharus minimus Grey-cheeked Thrush Grive à joues grises

Passer moabiticus Dead Sea Sparrow Moineau de la mer Morte

Vireo griseus White-eyed Vireo Viréo aux yeux blancs
Vireo philadelphicus Philadelphia Vireo Viréo de Philadelphie

Carduelis hornemanni Arctic Redpoll Sizerin blanchâtre
Carpodacus sinoicus Pale Rosefinch Roselin du Sinai

Vermivora peregrina Tennessee Warbler Paruline obscure
Dendroica petechia Yellow Warbler Paruline jaune
Dendroica coronata Yellow-rumped Warbler Paruline à croupion jaune
Dendroica caerulescens Black-throated Blue Warbler Paruline bleue
Dendroica striata Blackpoll Warbler Paruline rayée
Setophaga ruticilla American Redstart Paruline flamboyant
Seiurus aurocapilla Ovenbird Paruline couronée
Seiurus novaeboracensis Northern Waterthrush Paruline des ruisseaux
Seiurus motacilla Louisiana Waterthrush Paruline hochequeue
Geothlypis trichas Common Yellowthroat Paruline masquée
Wilsonia citrina Hooded Warbler Paruline à capuchin

Piranga rubra Summer Tanager Tangara vermillion
Piranga olivacea Scarlet Tanager Tangara écarlate

Emberiza aureola Yellow-breasted Bunting Bruant aureole
Passerculus sandwichensis Savannah Sparrow Bruant des prés
Calcarius lapponicus Lapland Longspur Bruant lappon
Zonotrichia leucophrys White-crowned Sparrow Bruant à couronne blanche

Pheuctictus ludovicianus Rose-breasted Grosbeak Cardinale à poitrine rose
Passerina cyanea Indigo Bunting Passerin indigo

Icterus galbula Baltimore Oriole Oriole du Nord
Dolichonyx oryzivorus Bobolink Goglu des près

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