New York State Avian Records Committee

a committee of the New York State Ornithological Association

NEW 8/3/16

 A New York Perspective on the AOU's 2016
Checklist Updates:

by Angus Wilson

Black Vulture, photo by Carena Pooth
Black Vulture
photo byCarena Pooth

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Grace's Warbler, photo by Lloyd Spitalnik
Grace's Warbler
Point Lookout, Nassau

photo by Lloyd Spitalnik


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Last Updated 8/3/16

On these pages you will find information about the New York State Avian Records Committee — what it is, what it does, and how you can contribute important information and documentation about rare bird sightings. In addition, you can view annual reports about NYSARC's decisions on specific sightings, and you can even peruse a detailed database of past submissions.

A New York perspective on the 2016 Supplement to the AOU's
Check-list of North American Birds

Read Angus Wilson's full article about the big re-shuffle, what it means for birders, and the reasons behind this year's checklist changes.

Shearwater Split!, photo by Angus Wilson
© Angus Wilson

In July, the AOU’s North American Classification Committee (NACC) published its 57th Supplement to the Check-list of North American Birds (Chesser et al 2016). As in previous years, the update has interesting and very real consequences for the Checklist of the Birds of New York State


Drawing most heavily on the convergent findings of two immense studies by separate research syndicates (Jarvis et al. 2014, Prum et al. 2015), the 57th Supplement lays out a large number of radical higher-level changes, aftershocks following the initial quake. From the standpoint of the Checklist of the Birds of New York State the positions of a whopping fifteen orders of non-passerines and three families of passerines (song birds) are now changed (summarized in a table and incorporated into our online NYS checklist).


Read the article and learn more as we discuss:

    - Shuffling the deck: does this bring clarity or confusion?
    - New genus names for two shearwaters and Sandhill Crane
    - Common and Hoary Redpolls survive … for now at least.
    - The science behind all these changes.

Angus Wilson
Chair, New York State Avian Records Committee
New York State Ornithological Association

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