pages © Rolf A. de By
|The intention of these pages is
to provide an overview of as many as possible changes to bird taxonomy published
since 1993. This date was chosen such that the changes collected here
naturally augment the Sibley & Monroe list
available through my pages. I cannot possibly claim completeness for
this set of changes included here, and only with the help of others may
hope to expect to stay fairly up-to-date. Unfortunately, I have no
instant access to a good ornithological library.
The present collection contains the bibliographic details as well as some anecdotes concerning over 70 new species, many more splits and, in the future, generic name changes, a few species name changes as well as proposals for merges. But not all of it is complete, and I am happy to receive missing information.
Included are several sets of pages:
The Index entries on the right with hyperlinks are now available, those without are forthcoming.
It seems logical to provide an updated world list of bird names as derived from the original Sibley & Monroe list indicated above by committing the changes that can be found here. That list can be found via the link on the right.. It is called, tongue-in-cheek, The Up-to-date World List of Birds.
Finally, one more point needs to be made. Throughout the world, national taxonomy committees are working hard to define consistent bird species lists for their country or the wider area to which their country belongs. Obviously, their publications are an important source for the information presented here, as they indicate the experts' interpretation of the literature. Unfortunately, the aggregate of these (supra-)nationally consistent lists will not be a consistent list itself, and I do feel that a world list should be consistent. It is for this reason that I had to be judge in certain cases. More background is presented in the pages on splits.
Rolf A. de By
Cranioleuca henricae, a species described from Bolivia in 1997.
Photo © Jon Hornbuckle.
Sibley & Monroe
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