Date: 7/10/18 6:39 am
From: Norman Erthal <normerthal...>
Subject: [cobirds] AOS Species changes
The American Ornithological Society has announce some changes. I would
expect these will be adopted when Cornell announces the Clements update in

Here is the link to them.

Some information I thought might be of interest. You can read the
following about species changes: It also has a podcast discussing them.

Gray Jay is restored to Canada Jay.

The woodpecker genus Picoides is also rearranged.

The entire Ammodramus genus is to be split into 3 genera with Grasshopper
Sparrow along with Grassland Sparrow and Yellow-browed Sparrow of South
America remaining in Ammodramus.

White-collared Seedeater is being split into 2 species:

Cinnamon-rumped Seedeater from Jalisco to Guanajuato and W Puebla to Oaxaca

Morelet's Seedeater encompassing the remainder of the range from Texas to

Some other changes considered but apparently not approved

Yellow warbler was proposed to be split into 2 species. This might not
happen as there appears to be no good dividing line.

Mexican Duck is being considered to return to a full species.

Taiga and Tundra Bean Goose are considered being lumped. Apparently there
was no DNA evidence used when they were split.

Norm Erthal

Arvada CO

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