Aug 18, 2010
Audubon Panama presents the Checklist of the Birds of Panama, which includes the 969 species of birds recorded in the Republic of Panama to date, following the taxonomy of the American Ornithologists’ Union Check-list of North American Birds and its most recent supplements.
Changes are as follows:
Changes to both English and scientific names: Violaceous Trogon Trogon violaceus becomes Gartered Trogon Trogon caligatus.
Changes to English names only: Whip-poor-will becomes Eastern Whip-poor-will, Crowned Slaty-Flycatcher becomes Crowned Slaty Flycatcher.
Changes to scientific names only: White-tailed Trogon Trogon chionurus, Brown Jay Psilorhinus morio, Blue-winged Warbler Vermivora cyanoptera, Tennessee Warbler Oreothlypis peregrina, Nashville Warbler Oreothlypis ruficapilla, Virginia’s Warbler Oreothlypis virginiae, Flame-throated Warbler Oreothlypis gutturalis, Northern Waterthrush Parkesia noveboracensis, Louisiana Waterthrush Parkesia motacilla, Peg-billed Finch Acanthidops bairdi.
Family changes: Osprey given its own family, Pandionidae (Osprey), Spot-crowned and Red-headed Barbets moved to family Capitonidae (New World Barbets), Prong-billed Barbet moved to new family Semniornithidae (Toucan-Barbets), Rufous Piha moved to the Cotingidae, Gnatcatchers and Gnatwrens given their own family (Polioptilidae), Black-capped Donacobius given its own family (Donacobiidae).
There are also a large number of changes in species order.
This is also the first edition that segregates dubious records, which probably refer to escapees or ship-assisted birds, to an appendix at the end of the list.