[Tweeters] Pacific Wren / "Black" Scoter - AOU checklist addendum

Adam Sedgley sedge.thrasher at gmail.com
Thu Aug 5 14:33:00 PDT 2010

For those interested, the American Ornithological Union posted an addendum
to their 51st checklist supplement to correct some errors. In short, we can
still call our third scoter, "Black Scoter." (The Eurasian counterpart will
be called "Common Scoter")


Still gotta remember to say "Pacific Wren"


Adam Sedgley
S e a t t l e, WA
sedge.thrasher [at] gmail [dot] com

On Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 1:58 PM, Adam Sedgley <sedge.thrasher at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi Tweets,


> Forget Winter Wrens or Black Scoters 'round these parts, the AOU changes

> are now official: these species are now referred to as *Pacific Wren* (in

> the PNW) and *American Scoter* (in the New World).


> An interesting summary from http://earbirding.com/blog/

> Species split


> 1. Winter Wren is split into three species: *Pacific Wren (Troglodytes

> pacificus)* in northwestern North America; *Winter Wren (Troglodytes

> hiemalis)*in eastern North America; and *Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes

> troglodytes)* in the Old World. Vocal differences were important in

> this split; see my older posts on how to separate Pacific from Winter Wrens

> by song <http://earbirding.com/blog/archives/826> and call<http://earbirding.com/blog/archives/774>

> .

> 2. Whip-poor-will is split into *Mexican Whip-poor-will (Caprimulgus

> arizonae)* and *Eastern Whip-poor-will (Caprimulgus vociferus)*. Vocal

> differences were important here as well; see my earlier post<http://earbirding.com/blog/archives/2003> on

> this topic.

> 3. Black Scoter is split into *American Scoter (Melanitta americana)* in

> the New World and *Black Scoter (Melanitta nigra)* in the Old World.

> Once again vocal differences were key, and once again you can hear them in

> an earlier post <http://earbirding.com/blog/archives/1472>.


> A couple of Latin American trogon species, the Greater Antillean Oriole,

> and the Elepaio of the Hawaiian islands were also split.



> I am also curious, what old names persist for other Tweets? I have been

> known to resurrect - especially in times of excitement - *Solitary Vireo*.

> Others? Rock Dove? Western Flycatcher? Blue Grouse? Oldsquaw? Long-billed

> Marsh Wren?



> --

> Adam Sedgley

> S e a t t l e, WA

> sedge.thrasher [at] gmail [dot] com


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