IOU/IOC World Bird List Updates


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Bird taxonomy, nomenclature and sequence used as the standard throughout this website follow the IOU/IOC World Bird List - website.

The IOU/IOC actively maintains this list with published updates every three months or so. The changes that affect the Thai Bird List, and which are incorporated across North Thailand Birding, are listed below.

Version 7.3 Published Aug 2017

Baikal Teal

Scientific name changed to Sibirionetta formosa from Anas formosa.

Garganey

Scientific name changed to Spatula querquedula from Anas querquedula.

Northern Shoveler

Scientific name changed to Spatula clypeata from Anas clypeata.

Gadwall

Scientific name changed to Mareca strepera from Anas strepera.

Falcated Duck

Scientific name changed to Mareca falcata from Anas falcata.

Eurasian Wigeon

Scientific name changed to Mareca penelope from Anas penelope.

Family Anatidae (Ducks, geese and swans)

Sequence of Anas ducks reorganised. New sequence is:

Cotton Pygmy Goose Nettapus coromandelianus
Baikal Teal Sibirionetta formosa
Garganey Spatula querquedula
Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata
Gadwall Mareca strepera
Falcated Duck Mareca falcata
Eurasian Wigeon Mareca penelope
Indian Spot-billed Duck Anas poecilorhyncha
Eastern Spot-billed Duck Anas zonorhyncha
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Northern Pintail Anas acuta
Eurasian Teal Anas crecca
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina

Family Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and snipes)

Sequence of family Scolopacidae reorganised. New sequence is:

Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
Little Curlew Numenius minutus
Far Eastern Curlew Numenius madagascariensis
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris
Red Knot Calidris canutus
Ruff Calidris pugnax
Broad-billed Sandpiper Calidris falcinellus
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Calidris acuminata
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii
Long-toed Stint Calidris subminuta
Spoon-billed Sandpiper Calidris pygmeus
Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis
Sanderling Calidris alba
Dunlin Calidris alpina
Little Stint Calidris minuta
Asian Dowitcher Limnodromus semipalmatus
Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
Eurasian Woodcock Scolopax rusticola
Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus
Wood Snipe Gallinago nemoricola
Pin-tailed Snipe Gallinago stenura
Swinhoe's Snipe Gallinago megala
Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago
Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus
Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus
Red Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus
Grey-tailed Tattler Tringa brevipes
Common Redshank Tringa totanus
Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola
Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia
Nordmann's Greenshank Tringa guttifer
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola
Oriental Pratincole Glareola maldivarum
Small Pratincole Glareola lactea

Glossy Swiftlet

Scientific name changed from Collocalia esculenta to Collocalia affinis and common name changed to Plume-toed Swiftlet, due to splitting the Collocalia esculenta species complex into six species.

Fork-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo

Fork-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo removed from Thai list, due to northern form barussarum now moved to Square-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo S. lugubris.

Version 7.2 Published Apr 2017

Sarus Crane

Scientific name changed to Antigone antigone from Grus antigone.

Ruff

Scientific name changed to Calidris pugnax from Philomachus pugnax.

Broad-billed Sandpiper

Scientific name changed to Calidris falcinellus from Limicola falcinellus.

Spoon-billed Sandpiper

Scientific name changed to Calidris pygmeus from Eurynorhynchus pygmeus.

Family Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Snipes)

Sequence of Calidris sandpipers reorganised. New sequence is:

Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris
Red Knot Calidris canutus
Ruff Calidris pugnax
Broad-billed Sandpiper Calidris falcinellus
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Calidris acuminata
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii
Long-toed Stint Calidris subminuta
Spoon-billed Sandpiper Calidris pygmeus
Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis
Sanderling Calidris alba
Dunlin Calidris alpina
Little Stint Calidris minuta

Oriental Paradise Flycatcher

Common name changed to Blyth's Paradise Flycatcher.

Olive Bulbul

Scientific name changed to Iole viridescens from Iole virescens.

Buff-vented Bulbul

Scientific name changed to Iole crypta from Iole olivacea.

Rufous-bellied Hawk-Eagle

Common name changed to Rufous-bellied Eagle.

Version 7.1 Published Jan 2017

Western Barn Owl

Replaced by Eastern Barn Owl Tyto javanica, due to subspecies revision that places javanica in Eastern Barn Owl not Western Barn Owl Tyto alba.

White-tailed Rubythroat

Replaced by Chinese Rubythroat Calliope tschebaiewi due to splitting of tschebaiewi from White-tailed Rubythroat Calliope pectoralis.

Version 6.4 Published Oct 2016

Streak-eared Bulbul

Scientific name changed to Pycnonotus conradi from Pycnonotus blanfordi due to splitting of nominate blanfordi as Irrawaddy Bulbul Pycnonotus blanfordi endemic to Burma.

White-bellied Redstart

Spelling of scientific name corrected to Luscinia phaenicuroides, from L. phoenicuroides.

Spot-winged Starling

Spelling of scientific name corrected to Saroglossa spilopterus from S. spiloptera.

Version 6.3 Published Jul 2016

Pomarine Skua

Common name changed to Pomarine Jaeger.

Version 6.2 Published Apr 2016

Blue-throated Barbet

Isolated chersonesus form of Blue-throated Barbet elevated to species Turquoise-throated Barbet Psilopogon chersonesus, and becomes a Thai endemic species. Taxonomic position follows Blue-throated Barbet.

Woodpeckers

Four species of woodpecker are moved in the taxonomic sequence to immediately follow Heart-spotted Woodpecker. All of these species have scientific name changes.

Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker Yungipicus canicapillus
Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker Yungipicus moluccensis
Yellow-crowned Woodpecker Leiopicus mahrattensis
Crimson-breasted Woodpecker Dryobates cathpharius

Version 6.1 Published Jan 2016

No changes to any species on the Thai list.

 

Version 5.4 Published Nov 2015

Asian Paradise Flycatcher

Common name changed to Oriental Paradise Flycatcher and scientific name changed to Terpsiphone affinis from Terpsiphone paradisi due to splitting the nominate form as Indian Paradise Flycatcher.

Amur Paradise Flycatcher

Migratory east Asian form incei, formerly considered conspecific with Asian Paradise Flycatcher, elevated to species Amur Paradise Flycatcher Terpsiphone incei.

Version 5.3 Published Jul 2015

Purple Swamphen

Common name changed to Grey-headed Swamphen and scientific name changed to Porphyrio poliocephalus from Porphyrio porphyrio due to splitting the nominate form as Western Swamphen.

Southern form indicus elevated to species level as Black-backed Swamphen Porphyrio indicus.

Family Psittaculidae (Old World Parrots)

Sequence of old world parrots completely reorganised. New sequence is:

Blue-rumped Parrot Psittinus cyanurus
Grey-headed Parakeet Psittacula finschii
Blossom-headed Parakeet Psittacula roseata
Red-breasted Parakeet Psittacula alexandri
Alexandrine Parakeet Psittacula eupatria
Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri
Vernal Hanging Parrot Loriculus vernalis
Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot Loriculus galgulus

Version 5.2 Published Apr 2015

Family Megalaimidae (Asian Barbets)

 

All Megalaima barbet species replaced by Psilopogon as genus, with gender change to specific name where required. Genus Psilopogon has precedence over Megalaima, given that Fire-tufted Barbet is imbedded in the latter as sister to Great Barbet. Thai species affected, with new scientific names are:

Great Barbet changed to Psilopogon virens
Lineated Barbet changed to Psilopogon lineatus
Green-eared Barbet changed to Psilopogon faiostrictus
Golden-whiskered Barbet changed to Psilopogon chrysopogon
Red-crowned Barbet changed to Psilopogon rafflesii
Red-throated Barbet changed to Psilopogon mystacophanos
Golden-throated Barbet changed to Psilopogon franklinii
Black-browed Barbet changed to Psilopogon oorti
Blue-throated Barbet changed to Psilopogon asiaticus
Moustached Barbet changed to Psilopogon incognitus
Yellow-crowned Barbet changed to Psilopogon henricii
Coppersmith Barbet changed to Psilopogon haemacephalus

Yellow-bellied Fantail

Scientific name changed to Chelidorhynx hypoxanthus from Chelidorhynx hypoxantha.

Common Blackbird

Replaced by Chinese Blackbird Turdus mandarinus due to splitting of mandarinus from Common Blackbird Turdus merula.

Version 5.1 Published Jan 2015

Swinhoe's Storm Petrel

Taxonomic position changed to follow Green Peafowl.

Wrinkled Hornbill

Scientific name changed to Rhabdotorrhinus corrugatus from Aceros corrugatus.

Family Bucerotidae (Hornbills)

Sequence of hornbills completely reorganised. New sequence is:

White-crowned Hornbill Berenicornis comatus
Rhinoceros Hornbill Buceros rhinoceros
Great Hornbill Buceros bicornis
Helmeted Hornbill Rhinoplax vigil
Oriental Pied Hornbill Anthracoceros albirostris
Black Hornbill Anthracoceros malayanus
Tickell's Brown Hornbill Anorrhinus tickelli
Austen's Brown Hornbill Anorrhinus austeni
Bushy-crested Hornbill Anorrhinus galeritus
Rufous-necked Hornbill Aceros nipalensis
Wreathed Hornbill Rhyticeros undulatus
Plain-pouched Hornbill Rhyticeros subruficollis
Wrinkled Hornbill Rhabdotorrhinus corrugatus

Blue-eared Barbet

Scientific name changed to Megalaima duvaucelii from Megalaima australis, due to splitting the nominate form as a Javan endemic.

Brown Barbet

Common name changed to Sooty Barbet and scientific name changed to Caloramphus hayii from Caloramphus fuliginosus due to splitting the nominate form as a Bornean endemic.

Asian Brown Flycatcher

Scientific name changed to Muscicapa dauurica from Muscicapa latirostris.

Version 4.2 Published Apr 2014

Family Anatidae (Ducks, Geese and Swans)

Repositioned to the start of the Thai list.

Family Falconidae (Falcons)

Repositioned after family Picidae (Woodpeckers and Piculets).

Family Psittacidae (Parrots)

Repositioned after family Falconidea (Falcons).

Greater Short-toed Lark

Taxonomic position changed to follow Oriental Skylark.

Spotted Wren-Babbler

Common name changed to Spotted Elachura. Scientific name changed to Elachura formosa from Spelaeornis formosa. This becomes the only member of monotypic family Elachuridae (Elachuras), with position following Asian Fairy-bluebird.

Family Muscicapidae (Chats and Old World Flycatcher)

Whole family reorganised affecting the taxonomic sequence of Magpie-Robin, Shamas, Flycatchers, Robins, Niltavas, Shorftwings, Redstarts, Rubythroats, Bluetails, Bluethroat, Whistling Thrush, Rock Thrushes, Stonechats and Wheatear.

Rufous-tailed Shama

Scientific name changed to Copsychus pyrropygus from Trichixos pyrropygus.

Brown-chested Jungle Flycatcher

Scientific name changed to Cyornis brunneatus from Rhinomyias brunneatus.

Fulvous-chested Jungle Flycatcher

Scientific name changed to Cyornis olivaceus from Rhinomyias olivaceus.

Brown-chested Jungle Flycatcher

Scientific name changed to Cyornis umbratilis from Rhinomyias umbratilis.

Siberian Blue Robin

Scientific name changed to Larvivora cyane from Luscinia cyane.

Rufous-tailed Robin

Scientific name changed to Larvivora sibilans from Luscinia sibilans.

Japanese Robin

Scientific name changed to Larvivora akahige from Erithacus akahige.

White-bellied Redstart

Scientific name changed to Luscinia phoenicuroides from Hodgsonius phoenicuroides.

White-tailed Rubythroat

Scientific name changed to Calliope pectoralis from Luscinia pectoralis.

Siberian Rubythroat

Scientific name changed to Calliope calliope from Luscinia calliope.

Blackthroat

Scientific name changed to Calliope obscura from Luscinia obscura.

Plumbeous Water Redstart

Scientific name changed to Phoenicurus fuliginosus from Rhyacornis fuliginosus.

White-capped Redstart

Scientific name changed to Phoenicurus leucocephalus from Chaimarrornis leucocephalus.

Version 3.5 Published Sep 2013

Black Eagle

Scientific name changed to Ictinaetus malaiensis from Ictinaetus malayensis.

Zappey's Flycatcher

Split as a distinct species Cyanoptila cumatilis from Blue-and-white Flycatcher C. cyanomelana. Both species occur in Thailand.

Yellow-cheeked Tit

Scientific name changed from Parus spilonotus to Machlolophus spilonotus. Taxonomic position changed.

Fire-capped Tit
Sultan Tit

Taxonomic position changed.
Taxonomic position changed.


The revised taxonomic sequence for the tits becomes:
Fire-capped Tit
Yellow-browed Tit
Sultan Tit
Japanese Tit
Cinereous Tit
Yellow-cheeked Tit

Version 3.4 Published Jul 2013

Lesser Shortwing
White-browed Shortwing
Blue Whistling Thrush

Taxonomic position changed.
Taxonomic position changed.
Taxonomic position changed.

Version 3.3 Published Mar 2013

Black-winged Kite
Crested Honey Buzzard
Oriental Honey Buzzard
White-rumped Vulture
Slender-billed Vulture
Himalayan Vulture
Red-headed Vulture
Cinereous Vulture
Crested Serpent Eagle
Short-toed Snake Eagle
Changeable Hawk-Eagle
Blyth's Hawk-Eagle
Wallace's Hawk-Eagle
Rufous-bellied Hawk-Eagle
Black Eagle

Taxonomic position changed.
Taxonomic position changed.
Taxonomic position changed.
Taxonomic position changed.
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Taxonomic position changed.

Greater Spotted Eagle

Scientific name changed from Aquila clanga to Clanga clanga. Taxonomic position changed.

Booted Eagle
Steppe Eagle
Eastern Imperial Eagle
Bonelli's Eagle
Crested Goshawk
Shikra
Chinese Sparrowhawk
Japanese Sparrowhawk
Besra
Eurasian Sparrowhawk
Northern Goshawk
Western Marsh Harrier
Eastern Marsh Harrier
Hen Harrier
Pallid Harrier
Pied Harrier
Eastern Buzzard
Himalayan Buzzard

Taxonomic position changed.
Taxonomic position changed.
Taxonomic position changed.
Taxonomic position changed.
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Taxonomic position changed.

Eastern Curlew

Common name changed to Far Eastern Curlew.

Asian Brown Flycatcher

Scientific name changed from Muscicapa dauurica to Muscicapa latirostris.

Collared Grosbeak
Spot-winged Grosbeak
Chinese Grosbeak
Dark-breasted Rosefinch
Common Rosefinch

Taxonomic position changed.
Taxonomic position changed.
Taxonomic position changed.
Taxonomic position changed.
Taxonomic position changed.

Scarlet Finch

Scientific name changed from Haematospiza sipahi to Carpodacus sipahi. Taxonomic position changed.

Version 3.2 Published Oct 2012

Pied Fantail

Common name changed to Malaysian Pied Fantail, due to splitting the Philippine form as a Philippine endemic.

Silver-eared Leiothrix

Common name changed to Silver-eared Mesia.

A. javanicus

Common name changed to Javan Myna. This Javan endemic is a recent invader of southern Thailand having spread from previous introductions to Malaysia. The former IOC name for this species was White-vented Myna which caused confusion with Great Myna A. grandis, which was frequently named White-vented Myna in many references.

Brown-streaked Flycatcher

Split as a distinct species Muscicapa williamsoni from Asian Brown Flycatcher M. dauurica.

Version 3.1 Published Apr 2012

Crested Hawk-Eagle

Common name changed to Changeable Hawk-Eagle.

Greater Painted Snipe

Common name changed to Greater Painted-snipe.

Spot-breasted Pied Woodpecker

Common name changed to Freckle-breasted Woodpecker.

Greater Flameback

Scientific name changed from Chrysocolaptes lucidus to Chrysocolaptes guttacristatus, due to splitting the nominate form as a Philippine endemic.

Plain-tailed Warbler

Common name changed to Alström's Warbler.

In light of a number of publications and recent DNA work performed on bush warblers, a number of taxonomic sequence changes and regroupings have occured. A total of 14 species have had their position in the sequence changed. Furthermore a number of these have associated scientific name changes.

Manchurian Bush Warbler

Taxonomic position changed. Scientific name changed from Cettia canturians to Horornis borealis due to borealis considered monotypic and canturians a subspecies of H. diphone.

Aberrant Bush Warbler

Taxonomic position changed and scientific name changed from Cettia flavolivacea to Horornis flavolivaceus.

Chestnut-headed Tesia

Taxonomic position changed and scientific name changed from Tesia castaneocoronata to Cettia castaneocoronata.

Pale-footed Bush Warbler

Taxonomic position changed and scientific name changed from Cettia pallidipes to Urosphena pallidipes.

Russet Bush Warbler

Taxonomic position changed and scientific name changed from Bradypterus mandelli to Locustella mandelli.

Baikal Bush Warbler

Taxonomic position changed and scientific name changed from Bradypterus davidi to Locustella davidi.

Chinese Bush Warbler

Taxonomic position changed and scientific name changed from Bradypterus tacsanowskius to Locustella tacsanowskia.

Brown Bush Warbler

Taxonomic position changed and scientific name changed from Bradypterus luteoventris to Locustella luteoventris.

Mountain Tailorbird
Grey-bellied Tesia
Slaty-bellied Tesia
Rufous-faced Warbler
Yellow-bellied Warbler
Striated Grassbird

Taxonomic position changed.
Taxonomic position changed.
Taxonomic position changed.
Taxonomic position changed.
Taxonomic position changed.
Taxonomic position changed.

Rufous-rumped Grassbird

Common name changed to Chinese Grassbird and scientific name changed from Graminicola bengalensis to Graminicola striatus, due to splitting the nominate form.