Mew Gull changed to Short-billed Gull


Tom Edell
 

The 2021 American Ornithological Society’s Committee on Classification and Nomenclature of North and Middle American Birds published its 2021 supplement that includes a Mew Gull split with the North American species name changed to Short-billed Gull.

 

More at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short-billed_gull and the ABA website link below.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

 

Splits and Lumps: The AOS Supplement Update!

 

Every summer, birders anxiously await publication of the “Check-list Supplement” by the American Ornithological Society’s Committee on Classification and Nomenclature of North and Middle American Birds (a.k.a. the NACC). 

North American Birds Editor Michael Retter has put together a primer on what splits, lumps, and taxonomic revisions birders can expect on their lifelists and in the field guides based on this year’s proposals. Later in the year, be sure to check out ABA’s annual “Check-list Redux” in North American Birds magazine. There, you’ll find photos, maps, and more detailed analysis of these changes.

Highlights this year include the split of Mew Gull and a major reshuffle of passerine families. The latter will profoundly alter checklists such as the ABA’s which adhere to taxonomic sequence. There are also new genera for Spruce Grouse, most of our cormorants, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Java Sparrow, Lavender Waxbill, and (yet again!) Five-striped Sparrow.

Get the skinny on all the changes at the ABA website.

 


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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA