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Our annual update to the BFS Bird List been completed. Many thanks to our BFS Web Intern Maya Nakamura for doing the update! Here is a summary of the revisions:

  • All links have been checked and updated as needed.
  • There are a few taxonomic changes:
    • California Quail (Callipepla californica): Formerly in Phasianidae, Callipepla is now placed in Odontophoridae.
    • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) and California Gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica): Formerly in Polioptilidae, Polioptila is now placed in Sylviidae.
    • Spelling corrected for Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana).
  • The Cornell ‘All About Birds Bird Guide’ website was recently restructured, and we have updated all the ‘AAB’ links to the new URLs.
  • CalPhotos has been adding bird photos, and we’ve added CalPhotos links for all the birds they have photos for.
  • The conservation status have been checked, and a few changes were made:
    • California Partners in Flight has revised their Conservation Plans, including a number of changes in the focal species for the plans. Consequently, the CaPIF designation has been removed from the following:
       · Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)
       · California Quail (Callipepla californica)
       · Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
       · Red-Shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)
       · Band-tailed Pigeon (Patagioenas fasciata)
       · Red-crowned Parrot (Amazona viridigenalis)
       · Common Poorwill (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii)
       · Allen’s Hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin)
       · Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens)
       · Hutton’s Vireo (Vireo huttoni)
       · White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)
       · Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
       · California Thrasher (Toxostoma redivivum)
       · European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
       · Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculates)
       · California Towhee (Pipilo crissalis)
      And CaPIF designations have been added to the following as they have been added as focal species:
       · Nuttall’s Woodpecker (Picoides nuttallii)
       · Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus)
    • A California Department of Fish & Game ‘Species of Special Concern’ designation has been added to the Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
    • The following species have been designated ‘Species of Concern’ by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and we’ve noted that (although the designation carries no regulatory status):
       · American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)
       · Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
       · Great Blue Heron (Ardea Herodias)
       · Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
       · Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
       · Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
       · White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus)
       · Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)
       · Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)
       · Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
       · Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)
       · Merlin (Falco columbarius)
       · Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis)
       · Vaux’s Swift (Chaetura vauxi)
       · Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)
       · Olive-sided Flycatcher (Contopus cooperi)
       · Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)
       · Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
       · Cactus Wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus)
       · Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana)
       · Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia)
       · MacGillivray’s Warbler (Oporornis tolmiei)
       · Wilson’s Warbler (Wilsonia pusilla)
       · Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens)
       · Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)
       · Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)
       · Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
       · Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)
       · Band-tailed Pigeon (Patagioenas fasciata)
       · White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

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