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    New taxonomy used for the UAE records

    Starting 2014 with a major rework in the taxonomy of the UAE records & Checklists took a bit longer than I expected
    But we can now announce that we now have adopted the IOC 3.5 list. We previously followed Clements.

    This makes UAE the third country in the Middle East (that I know of) to follow IOC, after Oman and Kuwait.
    New checklists with new taxonomic order available here:
    http://www.uaebirding.com/uaechecklist.html
    The UAE.kml file for Google Earth is also updated.

    Major changes for us:
    Eastern Cattle Egret split from Western Cattle Egret.
    Steppe Grey Shrike split from Southern Grey Shrike.

    The Club 300 page also updated.

    More on IOC here:
    http://www.worldbirdnames.org

    Who uses IOC:
    http://www.worldbirdnames.org/the-project/reactions/

    The World Checklist by IOC:
    http://www.worldbirdnames.org/ioc-lists/master-list/

    Comments welcome
    Tommy Pedersen
    UAE; 392 species - Litle Bunting 12 November 2016
    World; 4,358 - Grey-sided Thrush, Nanhui, Shanghai - 10 November 2016

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    Nice work, Tommy. And behalf of all of us birding in the UAE, thanks for putting in the hours to keep us up-to-date. I don't know anyone else who keep up with all of this! Certainly not me...

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    well done Tommy, any update for the names ?
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    Not many - so far seen Pallas's Gull for Greater Black-headed Gull, Black-headed Gull for Common Black-headed Gull and Common Rock Thrush instead of Rufous-tailed R T.
    Tommy Pedersen
    UAE; 392 species - Litle Bunting 12 November 2016
    World; 4,358 - Grey-sided Thrush, Nanhui, Shanghai - 10 November 2016

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    IOC update 4.1 was released a few days back.
    Changes to us includes moving Falcons & Parrots to just before Shrikes.
    And names changed:
    Himalayan Vulture (not Himalayan Griffon Vulture)
    Griffon Vulture (not Eurasian Griffon Vulture)
    Red Phalarope (not Grey Phalarope)
    Jacobin Cuckoo (not Pied Cuckoo)
    Grey Hypocolius (not Hypocolius)
    Streaked Scrub Warbler (not Scrub Warbler)
    Common Blackbird (not Eurasian Blackbird)
    Blackstart is now an Oenanthe wheatear!

    White-chinned Yellow Wagtail M. flava melanogrisea is no longer accepted as a valid ssp - this view is shared by Clements and Helm: Pipits & Wagtails.
    We will continue to record them, as hybrids.
    Tommy Pedersen
    UAE; 392 species - Litle Bunting 12 November 2016
    World; 4,358 - Grey-sided Thrush, Nanhui, Shanghai - 10 November 2016

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    RED phalarope - NEVER! We'll be using jaeger next.....

    Rant over.
    Mark

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    not to mention LOON!
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    Loons and Jaegers are definitely out.
    But Red Phalarope - I like it. Since it is bright red. And not grey ;-)
    It was named Grey by the British, because they only got them in non-breeding plumage. Apparently.
    Tommy Pedersen
    UAE; 392 species - Litle Bunting 12 November 2016
    World; 4,358 - Grey-sided Thrush, Nanhui, Shanghai - 10 November 2016

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    I need "Jacobin" cuckoo and Blackstart wheatear
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    OK Tommy - I'll agree to red phalarope when we get a red one here!
    Andrew Ward

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