Date: 8/9/17 12:54 pm From: Kent McFarland <kmcfarland...> Subject: [VTBIRD] VT State Bird List updated
The Vermont Bird Records Committee has posted an updated for the Official Vermont State Bird Checklist to reflect taxonomic changes recently made. Thank you to Ted Murin for work and dedication for this annual update for the VBRC.
This checklist includes all species for which acceptable specimen, photographic, or written documentation exists for Vermont. The list has been approved by the Vermont Bird Records Committee and includes 387 species representing 22 orders and 62 families of birds. The names of the birds and their taxonomic arrangement follow the American Ornithological Society Check-list of North and Middle American Birds Seventh Edition (1998), 58th supplement (July 2017) (see http://checklist.aou.org/).
Highlights affecting the Vermont fauna include:
- Thayer's Gull removed, lumped with Iceland Gull (sorry you all lost a tick) - Snow Goose and Ross's Goose genus Chen ditched for Anser, and Anser sequence changed - Duck genus Anas split into four genera and dabbling duck sequence changed (again) - Northern Harrier and Northern Shrike scientific names changed - Le Conte's Sparrow changed to LeConte's Sparrow (space removed) - New world sparrows family name changed - Chat gets own family - Family sequence changed following Longspurs and Snow Bunting (again) - Shorebird sequence changed (again) - Finch genera sequence changed (again)