Re: CBRC news: Two introduced species added to the California state list

Steve Hampton

What are the ABA countability rules on this?  Specifically, how are sightings from before this decision treated?  Are the birds deemed established and countable only from now forward?  E.g. I saw a Red-wh Bulbul near Woodland Hills (west end of the San Fernando Valley) a few years ago, presumably dispersing from Pasadena area. That seems countable now, but could I count that sighting from a few years back?  

On Fri, Sep 13, 2019 at 10:20 AM Kimball Garrett <kgarrett@...> wrote:


The California Bird Records Committee has recently accepted two additional introduced (naturalized, non-native) species to the California list, based on informational packages submitted to the full committee by the Introduced Birds Sub-Committee. These species are judged to have met all criteria  for acceptance to the state list, as spelled out in the CBRC By-Laws  (posted on the CBRC web site -- see: )

Yellow-chevroned Parakeet (Brotogeris chiriri) is added to the list under "Family Psittacidae" before Red-crowned Parrot. Note that this species is not on the American Ornithological Society Checklist of North and Middle American birds; a proposal to that committee to recognize the establishment of this species in the United States will be forthcoming.

Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus) is added to the list under the new family heading "Pycnonotidae -- Bulbuls" and placed between Dippers and Kinglets.

Both species are given the "I" symbol as introduced species; there is ample specimen evidence for both species in California, so no additional annotations are given.

The current California list total is now 675 species, including an updated total of 13 introduced species.

 eBird data (which were instrumental in developing the listing proposals for both of these species) should make it clear where these species are established (mainly in Los Angeles County) and the best places to search for them.  Nearly sure-fire sites for Yellow-chevroned Parakeet include Echo Park just nw. of downtown Los Angeles, Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, and the Los Angeles Arboretum in Arcadia, but the species is seen frequently at many additional sites through the L. A. Basin, San Gabriel and San Fernando Valleys. Red-whiskered Bulbuls are abundant at the Huntington Botanical Gardens and the Los Angeles Arboretum, but can also be found widely through the remainder of the San Gabriel Valley, west to Atwater Village, Burbank and La Canada Flintridge, and south to Whittier Narrows. The ranges of both species are expanding (the parakeet eastward and southward into w. Orange County, the bulbul westward into the Los Angeles basin).



(the messenger, and a member of the CBRC Introduced Birds Sub-Committee)  

Kimball L. Garrett
Ornithology Collections Manager
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA

Steve Hampton
Davis, CA

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