Date: 7/6/17 10:11 am
From: Craig Tumer <craig...>
Subject: [obol] Re: AOU: RIP RNDU.................sigh...
The proposals and votes of the committee can be found at the following

Craig TumerPortland

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Subject: [obol] Re: AOU: RIP RNDU.................sigh...
From: "Robert O'Brien" <baro...>
Date: Thu, July 06, 2017 9:58 am
To: Wayne Hoffman <whoffman...>
Cc: obol <obol...>

Whoops, I screwed up (again) & should have read the final rather
than the proposed changes:
But this brings up another question I have. Does anyone know
where the discussions on each proposal
can be found? I'm especially interested in the decision NOT to
resplit Yellow-rumped Warbler.
As I understand it, the two forms interbreed in a contact zone in
British Columbia. What about
the rampant interbreeding of Hermit and Townsend's Warblers
recently described by Dave Irons
For consistency shouldn't they be lumped?
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Here are the Proposals considered but not accepted by the
committee as they impact US birds recognition of Eugenes
viridiceps as a species distinct from the newly circumscribed E.
fulgens (Rivoli’s Hummingbird), Tringa inornata as a species
distinct from T. semipalmata (Willet), Colaptes mexicanoides as a
species distinct from C. auratus (Northern Flicker), Vireo
pusillus as a species distinct from V. bellii (Bell’s Vireo),
Certhia albescens as a species distinct from C. Americana (Brown
Creeper), Junco alticola as a species distinct from J. phaeo notus
(Yellow-eyed Junco), Oreothlypis ridgwayi as a species distinct
from O. ruficapilla (Nashville Warbler), And S. auduboni and S.
goldmani as species distinct from S. coronata(Yellow-rumped
Warbler); merger of Junco hyemalis (Dark-eyed Junco) with J.
phaeonotus , and merger of Acanthis flammea (Common Redpoll) with
A. hornemanni (Hoary Redpoll); resurrection of the genus
Steganopus for Phalaropus tricolor (Wilson’s Phalarope);
transfer of Bubulcus ibis (Cattle Egret) to Ardea ; and
modification of the English name of Aythya collaris Ring-necked

On Thu, Jul 6, 2017 at 9:33 AM, Wayne Hoffman <whoffman...>

Hi -
My just-completed reading of the new Checklist supplement
indicates that the Committee declined the petition to change
this name.

On 7/6/2017 9:15:52 AM, Robert O'Brien <baro...> wrote:In the
first edition of his Field Guide to the Birds (1934) Roger Tory
Peterson states under the Ring-necked Duck heading

"The name Ring-billed Duck would be more appropriate, as an
examination at very close range is necessary
to be aware of the dull chestnut ring that encircles the neck."

I doubt he was the first to mention this.

Whenever I pointed out this duck to casual birding friend s or
acquaintances I would always mention this
bit of avian trivia. I really enjoyed that. But no more. Many
decades later the AOU has done the deed.
I'm going to miss the Ring-necked Duck sorely.

See attached photo. The Oregon Zoo allows RTP's very close
examination. I imagine hunters also had/have
the occasion for such an examination.

Bob OBrien Carver OR

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