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Changes in Taxonomy

This page shows a comparison between the BirdLife Australia (v1.1) taxonomy used on an early version of the website and the latest v4 list (which is available for download here).

Splits and Lumps in Taxonomy

Whilst most of us think we know what a 'species' is, scientists called taxonomists are continually assessing the genetic makeup and other aspects of species, and this can result in changes. Not all taxonomists agree, and different lists (taxonomies) may have different sets of species!

Sometimes they decide that what were previously regarded as two separate species, such as Rufous Fantail and Arafura Fantail, are in fact sufficiently closely related that they are best regarded as a single species - in this case the Rufous Fantail. This is called a 'lump'.

As far as this website is concerned, this is very simple: all photos that were originally uploaded as Rufous or Arafura Fantails are now re-assigned to Rufous Fantail. In the case of newer lumps we update the comment on the photos to say what the original species was. You can no longer upload an image as Arafura Fantail, or search for Arafura Fantail in the lists.

On other occasions they decide that what was previously thought of as a single species, such as Thick-billed Grasswren, contains sufficient differences that it deserves to be regarded as two or more species - in this case Thick-billed Grasswren and Western Grasswren. This is called a 'split'.

Splits are much more complex for us to handle. We have photos of 'Thick-billed Grasswren' and now they may be of either species. In some cases it is easy to determine (eg. based on range), in others very hard. Our solution to this (using Thick-billed Grasswren as an example) is as follows:

  • All existing photos of Thick-billed Grasswren are assigned to a new name: 'Thick-billed Grasswren complex'.
  • Over time the original photographers or the moderators will attempt to assign such images to the correct new species. To assist in this, when editing an image of a 'complex' the list of new species will be shown.
  • When you upload you have to make a choice of Thick-billed or Western Grasswren. Because you may not have realised the species has been split there will be an indication of this on the upload page if you select Thick-billed.
  • If you search for images of 'Thick-billed Grasswren complex' you will get all images of that name, together with any images of the new species - Thick-billed or Western Grasswren.
  • If you search for one of the new species - e.g. Western Grasswren - you will get images of that species and the complex.
  • Note that in this example the name of one of the new species is the same as the name of the original single species. In some splits (e.g. Rockhopper Penguin into Northern and Southern) this is not the case.

For completeness, this page contains details of all changes in updates to BirdLife Australia's Working List of Australian Birds (BWL) used on this site since February 2016.

Lumps:

  • Imperial Shag and Kerguelen Shag lumped as Imperial Shag
  • White-lined Honeyeater and Kimberley Honeyeater lumped as White-lined Honeyeater
  • Rufous Fantail and Arafura Fantail lumped as Rufous Fantail
  • Scarlet Robin and Pacific Robin lumped as Scarlet Robin
  • Eastern Yellow Wagtail and Green-headed Yellow Wagtail lumped as Yellow Wagtail

Splits:

  • Wandering Albatross split into Wandering Albatross, Amsterdam Albatross, Tristan Albatross and Antipodean Albatross
  • Royal Albatross split into Northern Royal Albatross and Southern Royal Albatross
  • Black-browed Albatross split into Black-browed Albatross and Campbell Albatross
  • Shy Albatross split into Shy Albatross, White-capped Albatross, Chatham Albatross and Salvin's Albatross
  • Yellow-nosed Albatross split into Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross and Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross
  • Rockhopper Penguin split into Southern Rockhopper Penguin and Northern Rockhopper Penguin
  • Macaroni Penguin split into Macaroni Penguin and Royal Penguin
  • Ground Parrot split into Western Ground Parrot and Eastern Ground Parrot (this split has been reversed in the upgrade to v2)
  • Little Bronze-Cuckoo split into Little Bronze-Cuckoo and Gould's Bronze-Cuckoo (this split has been reversed in the upgrade to v2)
  • Thick-billed Grasswren split into Thick-billed Grasswren and Western Grasswren

Changes from BWL v4.1 to BWL v4.3

Other changes

The following 1 species have been added in the latest list. It does not include species that resulted from a split
Common Name Scientific Name Family Order Status Population
MacGillivray's PrionPachyptila macgillivrayiPetrels and Shearwaters (Procellariidae)ProcellariiformesEndemic

The following 1 species have had their common name changed
New Common Name Scientific Name Previous Common Name Family Order Status Population
Pied Imperial-PigeonDucula bicolorPied Imperial PigeonPigeons and Doves (Columbidae)ColumbiformesFormer species now split

Changes from BWL v4 to BWL v4.1

Other changes

The following 1 species have been added in the latest list. It does not include species that resulted from a split
Common Name Scientific Name Family Order Status Population
New Caledonian Storm-PetrelFregetta lineataCockatoos and Corellas (Cacatuidae)Procellariiformes

Changes from BWL v3 to BWL v4


Splits
Species that is split New species from split
Previous Common Name Previous Scientific Name Family Order New Common Name New Scientific Name Status Population
Variegated Fairy-wren complexMalurus lambertiNew World Quail (Odontophoridae)PasseriformesVariegated Fairy-wrenMalurus lambertiEndemic
Purple-backed Fairy-wrenMalurus assimilisLeast concernEndemic
Graceful Honeyeater complexMicroptilotis gracilisHoneyeaters and Chats (Meliphagidae)PasseriformesGraceful HoneyeaterMicroptilotis gracilisLeast concernAustralian
Cryptic HoneyeaterMicroptilotis imitatrixLeast concernEndemic

Other changes

The following 13 species have been added in the latest list. It does not include species that resulted from a split
Common Name Scientific Name Family Order Status Population
Tufted DuckAythya fuligulaDucks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)AnseriformesVagrant
Chestnut-winged CuckooClamator coromandusAlbatrosses (Diomedeidae)CuculiformesVagrant
Square-tailed Drongo-cuckooSurniculus lugubrisAlbatrosses (Diomedeidae)CuculiformesVagrant
Phoenix PetrelPterodroma albaCuckoos (Cuculidae)ProcellariiformesVagrant
Magenta PetrelPterodroma magentaeCuckoos (Cuculidae)ProcellariiformesVagrant
Cory's ShearwaterCalonectris borealisCuckoos (Cuculidae)ProcellariiformesVagrant
Whenua Hou Diving-PetrelPelecanoides whenuahouensisCuckoos (Cuculidae)ProcellariiformesCritically endangeredAustralian
Collared PratincoleGlareola pratincolaRollers (Coraciidae)CharadriiformesVagrant
Black-fronted TernChlidonias albostriatus ()Vagrant
Long-tailed Honey-buzzardHenicopernis longicaudaOystercatchers (Haematopodidae)AccipitriformesVagrant
Amur FalconFalco amurensis ()Vagrant
Elegant PittaPitta elegans ()Vagrant
Yellow-browed WarblerPhylloscopus inornatus ()PasseriformesVagrant

Changes from BWL v2.1 to BWL v3


Splits
Species that is split New species from split
Previous Common Name Previous Scientific Name Family Order New Common Name New Scientific Name Status Population
Intermediate Egret complexArdea intermediaGrebes (Podicipedidae)PelecaniformesIntermediate EgretArdea intermediaVagrantVagrant
Plumed EgretArdea plumiferaLeast concernAustralian
Blue-faced Honeyeater complexEntomyzon cyanotisHoneyeaters and Chats (Meliphagidae)PasseriformesBlue-faced HoneyeaterEntomyzon cyanotisLeast concernAustralian
White-quilled HoneyeaterEntomyzon albipennisLeast concernEndemic
White-naped Honeyeater complexMelithreptus lunatusHoneyeaters and Chats (Meliphagidae)PasseriformesGilbert's HoneyeaterMelithreptus chloropsisLeast concernEndemic
White-naped HoneyeaterMelithreptus lunatusLeast concernEndemic
Black-chinned Honeyeater complexMelithreptus gularisHoneyeaters and Chats (Meliphagidae)PasseriformesGolden-backed HoneyeaterMelithreptus laetiorLeast concernEndemic
Black-chinned HoneyeaterMelithreptus gularisNear threatenedEndemic
White-lined Honeyeater complexMicroptilotis albilineataHoneyeaters and Chats (Meliphagidae)PasseriformesKimberley HoneyeaterMicroptilotis fordianusLeast concernEndemic
White-lined HoneyeaterMicroptilotis albilineatusLeast concernEndemic
Rufous Fieldwren complexCalamanthus campestrisBirds of Paradise (Paradisaeidae)PasseriformesWestern FieldwrenCalamanthus montanellusLeast concernEndemic
Rufous FieldwrenCalamanthus campestrisLeast concernEndemic
Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush complexCinclosoma castaneothoraxOsprey (Pandionidae)PasseriformesWestern Quail-thrushCinclosoma marginatumLeast concernEndemic
Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrushCinclosoma castaneothoraxLeast concernEndemic
Cinnamon Quail-thrush complexCinclosoma cinnamomeumOsprey (Pandionidae)PasseriformesNullarbor Quail-thrushCinclosoma alisteriLeast concernEndemic
Cinnamon Quail-thrushCinclosoma cinnamomeumLeast concernEndemic
Crested Shrike-tit complexFalcunculus frontatus ()PasseriformesNorthern Shrike-titFalcunculus whiteiLeast concernEndemic
Western Shrike-titFalcunculus leucogasterLeast concernEndemic
Eastern Shrike-titFalcunculus frontatusLeast concernEndemic
Grey Whistler complexPachycephala simplexShrikes (Laniidae)PasseriformesGrey-headed WhistlerPachycephala griseicepsLeast concernAustralian
Brown WhistlerPachycephala simplexLeast concernAustralian
Grey Butcherbird complexCracticus torquatusWaxbills (Estrildidae)PasseriformesGrey ButcherbirdCracticus torquatusLeast concernEndemic
Silver-backed ButcherbirdCracticus argenteusLeast concernEndemic
Rufous Fantail complexRhipidura rufifronsMegapodes (Megapodiidae)PasseriformesRufous FantailRhipidura rufifronsLeast concernAustralian
Arafura FantailRhipidura dryasLeast concernAustralian
Grey Fantail complexRhipidura fuliginosaMegapodes (Megapodiidae)PasseriformesGrey FantailRhipidura albiscapaLeast concernAustralian
New Zealand FantailRhipidura fuliginosaExtinctExtinct (Australia only)
Restless Flycatcher complexMyiagra inquietaOld World Finches (Fringillidae)PasseriformesPaperbark FlycatcherMyiagra nanaLeast concernAustralian
Restless FlycatcherMyiagra inquietaLeast concernAustralian
Scarlet Robin complexPetroica multicolorPetrels and Shearwaters (Procellariidae)PasseriformesScarlet RobinPetroica boodangLeast concernAustralian
Norfolk Island RobinPetroica multicolorEndangeredEndemic
Lemon-bellied Flycatcher complexMicroeca flavigasterPetrels and Shearwaters (Procellariidae)PasseriformesKimberley FlycatcherMicroeca tormentiLeast concernEndemic
Lemon-bellied FlycatcherMicroeca flavigasterLeast concernAustralian
Crimson Finch complexNeochmia phaetonCranes (Gruidae)PasseriformesBlack-bellied Crimson FinchNeochmia phaetonLeast concernAustralian
White-bellied Crimson FinchNeochmia evangelinaeNear threatenedAustralian

Other changes

The following 12 species have been added in the latest list. It does not include species that resulted from a split
Common Name Scientific Name Family Order Status Population
Zoe's Imperial-PigeonDucula zoeaePigeons and Doves (Columbidae)ColumbiformesVagrantVagrant
Orange-fronted Fruit-dovePtilinopus aurantiifronsPigeons and Doves (Columbidae)ColumbiformesVagrantVagrant
Silver-backed NeedletailHirundapus cochinchinensisHoopoes (Upupidae)CaprimulgiformesVagrantVagrant
Common SwiftApus apusHoopoes (Upupidae)CaprimulgiformesVagrantVagrant
Indian CuckooCuculus micropterusAlbatrosses (Diomedeidae)CuculiformesVagrantVagrant
Slaty-breasted RailLewinia striataThornbills and Gerygones (Acanthizidae)GruiformesVagrantVagrant
Lesser MoorhenGallinula angulataThornbills and Gerygones (Acanthizidae)GruiformesVagrantVagrant
Band-rumped Storm-PetrelHydrobates castroLyrebirds (Menuridae)ProcellariiformesVagrantVagrant
Temminck's StintCalidris temminckiiSnipe, Sandpipers, Godwits, Curlew, Stints and Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)CharadriiformesVagrantVagrant
Crow-billed DrongoDicrurus annectensChough and Apostlebird (Corcoracidae)PasseriformesVagrantVagrant
Kamchatka Leaf-warblerPhylloscopus examinandusWoodswallows, Currawongs, Butcherbirds and Magpie (Artamidae)PasseriformesVagrantVagrant
Tree PipitAnthus trivialisMagpie Goose (Anseranatidae)PasseriformesVagrantVagrant

The following 5 species have had both common and scientific names changed - usually as a result of a split or lump of a species with wider distribution
New Common Name New Scientific Name Previous Common Name Previous Scientific Name Family Order Status Population
Papuan PittaErythropitta macklotiiRed-bellied PittaPitta erythrogasterHerons, Egrets and Bitterns (Ardeidae)PasseriformesLeast concernAustralian
Common CicadabirdEdolisoma tenuirostreCicadabirdEdolisoma tenuirostrisAustralian Robins (Petroicidae)PasseriformesLeast concernAustralian
Frill-necked MonarchArses lorealisFrilled MonarchArses telescopthalmusOld World Finches (Fringillidae)PasseriformesLeast concernAustralian
Oriental Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus orientalisGreat Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus arundinaceusKakas and Keas (Strigopidae)PasseriformesLeast concernNon-breeding
Eastern Yellow WagtailMotacilla tschutschensisYellow WagtailMotacilla flavaMagpie Goose (Anseranatidae)PasseriformesLeast concernNon-breeding

The following 18 species have had their common name changed
New Common Name Scientific Name Previous Common Name Family Order Status Population
MallardAnas platyrhynchosNorthern MallardDucks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)AnseriformesIntroducedIntroduced
Red Turtle-DoveStreptopelia tranquebaricaRed Collared-DovePigeons and Doves (Columbidae)ColumbiformesVagrantVagrant
Pied Imperial PigeonDucula bicolorPied Imperial-PigeonPigeons and Doves (Columbidae)ColumbiformesVagrantVagrant
Black-banded Fruit-DovePtilinopus alligatorBanded Fruit-DovePigeons and Doves (Columbidae)ColumbiformesLeast concernEndemic
Great Pied CormorantPhalacrocorax variusPied CormorantGulls, Terns and Noddies (Laridae)PelecaniformesLeast concernAustralian
Common Ringed PloverCharadrius hiaticulaRinged PloverStone-curlews (Burhinidae)CharadriiformesVagrantVagrant
Far Eastern CurlewNumenius madagascariensisEastern CurlewSnipe, Sandpipers, Godwits, Curlew, Stints and Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)CharadriiformesCritically endangeredNon-breeding
Red PhalaropePhalaropus fulicariusGrey PhalaropeSnipe, Sandpipers, Godwits, Curlew, Stints and Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)CharadriiformesVagrantVagrant
Brown NoddyAnous stolidusCommon NoddyThrushes (Turdidae)CharadriiformesLeast concernAustralian
Greater Crested TernThalasseus bergiiCrested TernThrushes (Turdidae)CharadriiformesLeast concernAustralian
Tasman MoreporkNinox novaeseelandiaeNew Zealand BoobookOld world flycatchers (Muscicapidae)StrigiformesCritically endangeredAustralian
Christmas Island BoobookNinox natalisChristmas Island Hawk-OwlOld world flycatchers (Muscicapidae)StrigiformesVulnerableEndemic
Oriental DollarbirdEurystomus orientalisDollarbirdBowerbirds and Catbirds (Ptilonorhynchidae)CoraciiformesLeast concernAustralian
BluebonnetNorthiella haematogasterBlue BonnetStarlings (Sturnidae)PsittaciformesLeast concernEndemic
Black-eared CatbirdAiluroedus melanotisSpotted CatbirdAustralian Babblers (Pomatostomidae)PasseriformesLeast concernAustralian
Mangrove FantailRhipidura phasianaMangrove Grey FantailMegapodes (Megapodiidae)PasseriformesLeast concernAustralian
Eurasian MagpiePica picaBlack-billed MagpieBuntings (Emberizidae)PasseriformesVagrantVagrant
Australian Yellow White-eyeZosterops luteusYellow White-eyeLeaf-warblers (Phylloscopidae)PasseriformesLeast concernEndemic

The following 35 species have had their scientific name changed
Common Name New Scientific Name Previous Scientific Name Family Order Status Population
Spotted DoveSpilopelia chinensisStreptopelia chinensisPigeons and Doves (Columbidae)ColumbiformesIntroducedIntroduced
Laughing DoveSpilopelia senegalensisStreptopelia senegalensisPigeons and Doves (Columbidae)ColumbiformesIntroducedIntroduced
Wompoo Fruit-DoveMegaloprepia magnificaPtilinopus magnificusPigeons and Doves (Columbidae)ColumbiformesLeast concernAustralian
Grey NightjarCaprimulgus jotakaCaprimulgus indicusJacanas (Jacanidae)CaprimulgiformesVagrantVagrant
Long-tailed CuckooUrodynamis taitensisUrodynamys taitensisAlbatrosses (Diomedeidae)CuculiformesVagrantVagrant
Leach's Storm-PetrelHydrobates leucorhousHydrobates leucorhoaLyrebirds (Menuridae)ProcellariiformesVagrantVagrant
Imperial ShagLeucocarbo atricepsPhalacrocorax atricepsGulls, Terns and Noddies (Laridae)PelecaniformesNear threatenedAustralian
Inland DotterelPeltohyas australisCharadrius australisStone-curlews (Burhinidae)CharadriiformesLeast concernEndemic
Grey NoddyAnous albivittusProcelsterna albivittaThrushes (Turdidae)CharadriiformesLeast concernAustralian
Black-headed GullLarus ridibundusChroicocephalus ridibundusThrushes (Turdidae)CharadriiformesVagrantVagrant
Silver GullLarus novaehollandiaeChroicocephalus novaehollandiaeThrushes (Turdidae)CharadriiformesLeast concernAustralian
Franklin's GullLarus pipixcanLeucophaeus pipixcanThrushes (Turdidae)CharadriiformesVagrantVagrant
Laughing GullLarus atricillaLeucophaeus atricillaThrushes (Turdidae)CharadriiformesVagrantVagrant
Brown SkuaCatharacta antarcticaCatharacta antarcticusCuckoo-shrikes and Trillers (Campephagidae)CharadriiformesLeast concernAustralian
Buffy Fish-OwlKetupa ketupuKetupu ketupuOld world flycatchers (Muscicapidae)StrigiformesVagrantVagrant
Oriental Honey-buzzardPernis ptilorhynchusPernis ptilorynchus ()AccipitriformesVagrantVagrant
Yellow-tailed Black-CockatooZanda funereaZanda funereusCormorants and Shags (Phalacrocoracidae)PsittaciformesLeast concernEndemic
Golden BowerbirdPrionodura newtonianaAmblyornis newtonianusAustralian Babblers (Pomatostomidae)PasseriformesLeast concernEndemic
Spotted BowerbirdChlamydera maculataPtilonorhynchus maculatusAustralian Babblers (Pomatostomidae)PasseriformesLeast concernEndemic
Western BowerbirdChlamydera guttataPtilonorhynchus guttatusAustralian Babblers (Pomatostomidae)PasseriformesLeast concernEndemic
Great BowerbirdChlamydera nuchalisPtilonorhynchus nuchalisAustralian Babblers (Pomatostomidae)PasseriformesLeast concernEndemic
Fawn-breasted BowerbirdChlamydera cerviniventrisPtilonorhynchus cerviniventrisAustralian Babblers (Pomatostomidae)PasseriformesNear threatenedAustralian
Black HoneyeaterSugomel nigrumSugomel nigerHoneyeaters and Chats (Meliphagidae)PasseriformesLeast concernEndemic
Tawny-crowned HoneyeaterGliciphila melanopsGlyciphila melanopsHoneyeaters and Chats (Meliphagidae)PasseriformesLeast concernEndemic
Chestnut Quail-thrushCinclosoma castanotumCinclosoma castanotusOsprey (Pandionidae)PasseriformesLeast concernEndemic
White-breasted WoodswallowArtamus leucorynArtamus leucorynchusWaxbills (Estrildidae)PasseriformesLeast concernAustralian
Northern FantailRhipidura isuraRhipidura rufiventrisMegapodes (Megapodiidae)PasseriformesLeast concernAustralian
Spectacled MonarchSymposiachrus trivirgatusSymposiarchus trivirgatusOld World Finches (Fringillidae)PasseriformesLeast concernAustralian
Paradise RiflebirdLophorina paradiseaLophorina paradiseusSouthern Storm-Petrels (Oceanitidae)PasseriformesLeast concernEndemic
Magnificent RiflebirdLophorina magnificaLophorina magnificusSouthern Storm-Petrels (Oceanitidae)PasseriformesLeast concernAustralian
Grey-headed RobinHeteromyias cinereifronsHeteromyias albispecularisPetrels and Shearwaters (Procellariidae)PasseriformesLeast concernAustralian
Mangrove RobinPeneoenanthe pulverulentaPeneothello pulverulentaPetrels and Shearwaters (Procellariidae)PasseriformesLeast concernAustralian
Arctic WarblerPhylloscopus borealisSericercus borealisWoodswallows, Currawongs, Butcherbirds and Magpie (Artamidae)PasseriformesVagrantVagrant
Siberian Blue RobinLarvivora cyaneLuscinia cyaneDarter (Anhingidae)PasseriformesVagrantVagrant
Zebra FinchTaeniopygia castanotisTaeniopygia guttataCranes (Gruidae)PasseriformesLeast concernAustralian

Changes from BWL v1.1 to BWL v2.1


Lumps
Species being lumped New species
Previous Common Name Previous Scientific Name New Common Name New Scientific Name Family Order Status Population
Little Bronze-CuckooChalcites minutillusLittle Bronze-CuckooChalcites minutillusAlbatrosses (Diomedeidae)CuculiformesLeast concernAustralian
Gould's Bronze-CuckooChalcites russatus
Variable GoshawkAccipiter hiogasterBrown GoshawkAccipiter fasciatusOystercatchers (Haematopodidae)AccipitriformesLeast concernAustralian
Brown GoshawkAccipiter fasciatus
Red-fronted ParakeetCyanoramphus novaezelandiaeRed-fronted ParakeetCyanoramphus novaezelandiaeStarlings (Sturnidae)PsittaciformesCritically endangeredAustralian
Tasman ParakeetCyanoramphus cookii
Western Ground ParrotPezoporus flaviventrisGround ParrotPezoporus wallicusStarlings (Sturnidae)PsittaciformesLeast concernEndemic
Eastern Ground ParrotPezoporus wallicus

Splits
Species that is split New species from split
Previous Common Name Previous Scientific Name Family Order New Common Name New Scientific Name Status Population
Emerald Dove complexChalcophaps indicaPigeons and Doves (Columbidae)ColumbiformesBrown-capped Emerald-DoveChalcophaps longirostrisLeast concernAustralian
Grey-capped Emerald-DoveChalcophaps indicaNear threatenedAustralian
Gull-billed Tern complexGelochelidon niloticaThrushes (Turdidae)CharadriiformesCommon Gull-billed TernGelochelidon niloticaLeast concernNon-breeding
Australian Gull-billed TernGelochelidon macrotarsaLeast concernEndemic (breeding only)
Macaroni Penguin complexEudyptes chrysolophusFairy-wrens, Emu-wrens and Grasswrens (Maluridae)SphenisciformesMacaroni PenguinEudyptes chrysolophusNear threatenedAustralian
Royal PenguinEudyptes schlegeliNear threatenedEndemic (breeding only)
Rockhopper Penguin complexEudyptes chrysocomeFairy-wrens, Emu-wrens and Grasswrens (Maluridae)SphenisciformesNorthern Rockhopper PenguinEudyptes moseleyiVagrantVagrant
Southern Rockhopper PenguinEudyptes chrysocomeVulnerableAustralian
Wandering Albatross complexDiomedea exulansPittas (Pittidae)ProcellariiformesWandering AlbatrossDiomedea exulansCritically endangeredAustralian
Antipodean AlbatrossDiomedea antipodensisEndangeredNon-breeding
Amsterdam AlbatrossDiomedea amsterdamensisVagrantNo confirmed record
Tristan AlbatrossDiomedea dabbenenaVagrantAustralian
Royal Albatross complexDiomedea epomophoraPittas (Pittidae)ProcellariiformesNorthern Royal AlbatrossDiomedea sanfordiEndangeredNon-breeding
Southern Royal AlbatrossDiomedea epomophoraVulnerableNon-breeding
Yellow-nosed Albatross complexThalassarche chlororhynchosPittas (Pittidae)ProcellariiformesAtlantic Yellow-nosed AlbatrossThalassarche chlororhynchosVagrantVagrant
Indian Yellow-nosed AlbatrossThalassarche carteriEndangeredNon-breeding
Black-browed Albatross complexThalassarche melanophrysPittas (Pittidae)ProcellariiformesBlack-browed AlbatrossThalassarche melanophrisEndangeredAustralian
Campbell AlbatrossThalassarche impavidaVulnerableNon-breeding
Shy Albatross complexThalassarche cautaPittas (Pittidae)ProcellariiformesShy AlbatrossThalassarche cautaVulnerableEndemic (breeding only)
White-capped AlbatrossThalassarche steadiVulnerableNon-breeding
Chatham AlbatrossThalassarche eremitaVagrantVagrant
Salvin's AlbatrossThalassarche salviniVulnerableNon-breeding
Great-winged Petrel complexPterodroma macropteraCuckoos (Cuculidae)ProcellariiformesGreat-winged PetrelPterodroma macropteraLeast concernAustralian
Grey-faced PetrelPterodroma gouldiLeast concernNon-breeding
Little Shearwater complexPuffinus assimilisCuckoos (Cuculidae)ProcellariiformesLittle ShearwaterPuffinus assimilisLeast concernAustralian
Subantarctic ShearwaterPuffinus elegansLeast concernNon-breeding
Sooty Owl complexTyto tenebricosaStilts and Avocets (Recurvirostridae)StrigiformesGreater Sooty OwlTyto tenebricosaLeast concernAustralian
Lesser Sooty OwlTyto multipunctataLeast concernEndemic
Southern Boobook complexNinox novaeseelandiaeOld world flycatchers (Muscicapidae)StrigiformesSouthern BoobookNinox boobookLeast concernAustralian
Tasmanian BoobookNinox leucopsisLeast concernEndemic
New Zealand BoobookNinox novaeseelandiaeCritically endangeredAustralian
Rainbow Lorikeet complexTrichoglossus haematodusStarlings (Sturnidae)PsittaciformesCoconut LorikeetTrichoglossus haematodusLeast concernNon-breeding
Rainbow LorikeetTrichoglossus moluccanusLeast concernEndemic
Red-collared LorikeetTrichoglossus rubritorquisLeast concernEndemic
Double-eyed Fig-Parrot complexCyclopsitta diophthalmaStarlings (Sturnidae)PsittaciformesDouble-eyed Fig-ParrotCyclopsitta diophthalmaLeast concernAustralian
Coxen's Fig-ParrotCyclopsitta coxeniEndangeredEndemic
Thick-billed Grasswren complexAmytornis textilisNew World Quail (Odontophoridae)PasseriformesWestern GrasswrenAmytornis textilisLeast concernEndemic
Thick-billed GrasswrenAmytornis modestusLeast concernEndemic

Other changes

The following 12 species have been added in the latest list. It does not include species that resulted from a split
Common Name Scientific Name Family Order Status Population
Eurasian WigeonMareca penelopeDucks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)AnseriformesVagrantVagrant
Oriental Turtle DoveStreptopelia orientalisPigeons and Doves (Columbidae)ColumbiformesVagrantVagrant
Slaty-backed GullLarus schistisagusThrushes (Turdidae)CharadriiformesVagrantVagrant
Heinroth's ShearwaterPuffinus heinrothiCuckoos (Cuculidae)ProcellariiformesVagrantVagrant
Japanese SparrowhawkAccipiter gularisOystercatchers (Haematopodidae)AccipitriformesVagrantVagrant
Oriental Scops-owlOtus suniaOld world flycatchers (Muscicapidae)StrigiformesVagrantVagrant
Hooded PittaPitta sordidaHerons, Egrets and Bitterns (Ardeidae)PasseriformesVagrantVagrant
Mugimaki FlycatcherFicedula mugimakiDarter (Anhingidae)PasseriformesVagrantVagrant
Siberian Blue RobinLuscinia cyaneDarter (Anhingidae)PasseriformesVagrantVagrant
Siberian ThrushGeokichla sibiricaIbis and Spoonbills (Threskiornithidae)PasseriformesVagrantVagrant
Trindade PetrelPterodroma arminjonianaCuckoos (Cuculidae)Procellariiformes
Western SandpiperCalidris mauriSnipe, Sandpipers, Godwits, Curlew, Stints and Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)CharadriiformesNo confirmed record

The following 14 species are no longer in the list - either because there is no accepted record or because they are extinct. It does not list species which have been split.
Common Name Scientific Name Population Conservation Status
New Zealand FantailRhipidura fuliginosa
Oriental Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus orientalis
Black-nest SwiftletAerodramus maximus
Linchi SwiftletCollocalia linchi
Asian Drongo-CuckooSurniculus lugubris
Vanuatu PetrelPterodroma occulta
Kerguelen PintailAnas eatoni
Rufous-bellied KookaburraDacelo gaudichaud
Edible-nest SwiftletAerodramus fuciphagus
Brown-backed NeedletailHirundapus giganteus
Silver-backed NeedletailHirundapus cochinchinensis
Common Paradise-KingfisherTanysiptera galatea
Wallacean Cuckoo-shrikeCoracina personata
Norfolk Island Ground-DoveGallicolumba norfolciensis

The following 6 species have had both common and scientific names changed - usually as a result of a split or lump of a species with wider distribution
New Common Name New Scientific Name Previous Common Name Previous Scientific Name Family Order Status Population
Australian SwiftletAerodramus terraereginaeWhite-rumped SwiftletAerodramus spodiopygiusHoopoes (Upupidae)CaprimulgiformesLeast concernAustralian
Grey NoddyProcelsterna albivittaGrey TernletProcelsterna ceruleaThrushes (Turdidae)CharadriiformesLeast concernAustralian
Tropical ShearwaterPuffinus bailloniAudubon's ShearwaterPuffinus lherminieriCuckoos (Cuculidae)ProcellariiformesVagrantVagrant
Australian Little BitternIxobrychus dubiusLittle BitternIxobrychus minutusGrebes (Podicipedidae)PelecaniformesLeast concernAustralian
Australasian DarterAnhinga novaehollandiaeAustralian DarterAnhinga melanogasterFrigatebirds (Fregatidae)PelecaniformesLeast concernAustralian
Northern BoobookNinox japonicaBrown Hawk-OwlNinox scutulataOld world flycatchers (Muscicapidae)StrigiformesVagrantVagrant

The following 8 species have had their common name changed
New Common Name Scientific Name Previous Common Name Family Order Status Population
Blue-tailed Imperial-PigeonDucula concinnaElegant Imperial-PigeonPigeons and Doves (Columbidae)ColumbiformesVagrantVagrant
Whistling Hawk-cuckooHierococcyx nisicolorHodgson's Hawk-cuckooAlbatrosses (Diomedeidae)CuculiformesVagrantVagrant
Oriental CuckooCuculus saturatusHimalayan CuckooAlbatrosses (Diomedeidae)CuculiformesLeast concernNon-breeding
Pied StiltHimantopus leucocephalusBlack-winged StiltOstriches (Struthionidae)CharadriiformesLeast concernAustralian
Australian Painted-snipeRostratula australisAustralian Painted SnipeNorthern Storm-Petrels (Hydrobatidae)CharadriiformesEndangeredEndemic
Chinese GoshawkAccipiter soloensisChinese SparrowhawkOystercatchers (Haematopodidae)AccipitriformesVagrantVagrant
Green OrioleOriolus flavocinctusYellow OrioleMonarch and Flycatchers (Monarchidae)PasseriformesLeast concernAustralian
Australasian PipitAnthus novaeseelandiaeAustralian PipitMagpie Goose (Anseranatidae)PasseriformesLeast concernAustralian

The following 91 species have had their scientific name changed
Common Name New Scientific Name Previous Scientific Name Family Order Status Population
Radjah ShelduckRadjah radjahTadorna radjahDucks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)AnseriformesLeast concernAustralian
GarganeySpatula querquedulaAnas querquedulaDucks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)AnseriformesLeast concernVagrant
Australasian ShovelerSpatula rhynchotisAnas rhynchotisDucks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)AnseriformesLeast concernAustralian
Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeataAnas clypeataDucks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)AnseriformesVagrantVagrant
Brown QuailSynoicus ypsilophorusCoturnix ypsilophoraPheasants and Quail (Phasianidae)GalliformesLeast concernAustralian
King QuailSynoicus chinensisExcalfactoria chinensisPheasants and Quail (Phasianidae)GalliformesLeast concernAustralian
Barbary DoveStreptopelia roseogriseaStreptopelia risoriaPigeons and Doves (Columbidae)ColumbiformesIntroducedIntroduced
Brown Cuckoo-DoveMacropygia phasianellaMacropygia amboinensisPigeons and Doves (Columbidae)ColumbiformesLeast concernAustralian
Peaceful DoveGeopelia placidaGeopelia striataPigeons and Doves (Columbidae)ColumbiformesLeast concernAustralian
Banded Fruit-DovePtilinopus alligatorPtilinopus cinctusPigeons and Doves (Columbidae)ColumbiformesLeast concernEndemic
Pallid CuckooHeteroscenes pallidusCacomantis pallidusAlbatrosses (Diomedeidae)CuculiformesLeast concernEndemic (breeding only)
Lord Howe WoodhenHypotaenidia sylvestrisGallirallus sylvestrisThornbills and Gerygones (Acanthizidae)GruiformesEndangeredEndemic
Buff-banded RailHypotaenidia philippensisGallirallus philippensisThornbills and Gerygones (Acanthizidae)GruiformesLeast concernAustralian
Ruddy-breasted CrakeZapornia fuscaPorzana fuscaThornbills and Gerygones (Acanthizidae)GruiformesVagrantVagrant
Baillon's CrakeZapornia pusillaPorzana pusillaThornbills and Gerygones (Acanthizidae)GruiformesLeast concernAustralian
Spotless CrakeZapornia tabuensisPorzana tabuensisThornbills and Gerygones (Acanthizidae)GruiformesLeast concernAustralian
Pale-vented Bush-henAmaurornis moluccanaAmaurornis olivaceusThornbills and Gerygones (Acanthizidae)GruiformesLeast concernAustralian
Sarus CraneAntigone antigoneGrus antigoneSunbirds (Nectariniidae)GruiformesLeast concernAustralian
BrolgaAntigone rubicundaGrus rubicundaSunbirds (Nectariniidae)GruiformesLeast concernAustralian
Beach Stone-curlewEsacus magnirostrisEsacus giganteusPipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)CharadriiformesLeast concernAustralian
American Golden PloverPluvialis dominicaPluvialis dominicusStone-curlews (Burhinidae)CharadriiformesVagrantVagrant
Hooded PloverThinornis cucullatusThinornis rubricollisStone-curlews (Burhinidae)CharadriiformesVulnerableEndemic
RuffCalidris pugnaxPhilomachus pugnaxSnipe, Sandpipers, Godwits, Curlew, Stints and Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)CharadriiformesLeast concernVagrant
Broad-billed SandpiperCalidris falcinellusLimicola falcinellusSnipe, Sandpipers, Godwits, Curlew, Stints and Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)CharadriiformesLeast concernNon-breeding
Buff-breasted SandpiperCalidris subruficollisTryngites subruficollisSnipe, Sandpipers, Godwits, Curlew, Stints and Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)CharadriiformesVagrantVagrant
Grey PhalaropePhalaropus fulicariusPhalaropus fulicariaSnipe, Sandpipers, Godwits, Curlew, Stints and Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)CharadriiformesVagrantVagrant
Red-backed Button-quailTurnix maculosusTurnix maculosaDollarbird (Coraciidae)CharadriiformesLeast concernAustralian
South Polar SkuaCatharacta maccormickiStercorarius maccormickiCuckoo-shrikes and Trillers (Campephagidae)CharadriiformesVagrantVagrant
Brown SkuaCatharacta antarcticusStercorarius lonnbergiCuckoo-shrikes and Trillers (Campephagidae)CharadriiformesLeast concernAustralian
Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatusOnychoprion fuscataThrushes (Turdidae)CharadriiformesLeast concernAustralian
New Zealand Storm-PetrelFregetta maorianaOceanites maorianusCockatoos and Corellas (Cacatuidae)ProcellariiformesVagrantVagrant
Kerguelen PetrelAphrodroma brevirostrisLugensa brevirostrisCuckoos (Cuculidae)ProcellariiformesLeast concernNon-breeding
Striated HeronButorides striataButorides striatusGrebes (Podicipedidae)PelecaniformesLeast concernAustralian
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibisArdea ibisGrebes (Podicipedidae)PelecaniformesLeast concernAustralian
Australian White IbisThreskiornis moluccusThreskiornis moluccaEmus and Cassowaries (Casuariidae)PelecaniformesLeast concernAustralian
Imperial ShagPhalacrocorax atricepsLeucocarbo atricepsGulls, Terns and Noddies (Laridae)PelecaniformesNear threatenedAustralian
Buffy Fish-OwlKetupu ketupuBubo ketupuOld world flycatchers (Muscicapidae)StrigiformesVagrantVagrant
Little KingfisherCeyx pusillusCeyx pusillaKingfishers (Alcedinidae)CoraciiformesLeast concernAustralian
Yellow-tailed Black-CockatooZanda funereusCalyptorhynchus funereusCormorants and Shags (Phalacrocoracidae)PsittaciformesLeast concernEndemic
Baudin's Black-CockatooZanda baudiniiCalyptorhynchus baudiniiCormorants and Shags (Phalacrocoracidae)PsittaciformesEndangeredEndemic
Carnaby's Black-CockatooZanda latirostrisCalyptorhynchus latirostrisCormorants and Shags (Phalacrocoracidae)PsittaciformesEndangeredEndemic
GalahEolophus roseicapillaEolophus roseicapillusCormorants and Shags (Phalacrocoracidae)PsittaciformesLeast concernEndemic
Major Mitchell's CockatooCacatua leadbeateriLophochroa leadbeateriCormorants and Shags (Phalacrocoracidae)PsittaciformesLeast concernEndemic
Mulga ParrotPsephotellus variusPsephotus variusStarlings (Sturnidae)PsittaciformesLeast concernEndemic
Hooded ParrotPsephotellus dissimilisPsephotus dissimilisStarlings (Sturnidae)PsittaciformesLeast concernEndemic
Golden-shouldered ParrotPsephotellus chrysopterygiusPsephotus chrysopterygiusStarlings (Sturnidae)PsittaciformesEndangeredEndemic
Rufous TreecreeperClimacteris rufusClimacteris rufaSittellas (Neosittidae)PasseriformesLeast concernEndemic
Black-tailed TreecreeperClimacteris melanurusClimacteris melanuraSittellas (Neosittidae)PasseriformesLeast concernEndemic
Macleay's HoneyeaterXanthotis macleayanusXanthotis macleayanaHoneyeaters and Chats (Meliphagidae)PasseriformesLeast concernEndemic
White-eared HoneyeaterNesoptilotis leucotisLichenostomus leucotisHoneyeaters and Chats (Meliphagidae)PasseriformesLeast concernEndemic
Yellow-throated HoneyeaterNesoptilotis flavicollisLichenostomus flavicollisHoneyeaters and Chats (Meliphagidae)PasseriformesLeast concernEndemic
White-gaped HoneyeaterStomiopera unicolorLichenostomus unicolorHoneyeaters and Chats (Meliphagidae)PasseriformesLeast concernEndemic
Yellow HoneyeaterStomiopera flavaLichenostomus flavusHoneyeaters and Chats (Meliphagidae)PasseriformesLeast concernEndemic
Graceful HoneyeaterMicroptilotis gracilisMeliphaga gracilisHoneyeaters and Chats (Meliphagidae)PasseriformesLeast concernAustralian
White-lined HoneyeaterMicroptilotis albilineataMeliphaga albilineataHoneyeaters and Chats (Meliphagidae)PasseriformesLeast concernEndemic
Bridled HoneyeaterBolemoreus frenatusLichenostomus frenatusHoneyeaters and Chats (Meliphagidae)PasseriformesLeast concernEndemic
Eungella HoneyeaterBolemoreus hindwoodiLichenostomus hindwoodiHoneyeaters and Chats (Meliphagidae)PasseriformesLeast concernEndemic
Singing HoneyeaterGavicalis virescensLichenostomus virescensHoneyeaters and Chats (Meliphagidae)PasseriformesLeast concernEndemic
Varied HoneyeaterGavicalis versicolorLichenostomus versicolorHoneyeaters and Chats (Meliphagidae)PasseriformesLeast concernAustralian
Mangrove HoneyeaterGavicalis fasciogularisLichenostomus fasciogularisHoneyeaters and Chats (Meliphagidae)PasseriformesLeast concernEndemic
Grey-headed HoneyeaterPtilotula keartlandiLichenostomus keartlandiHoneyeaters and Chats (Meliphagidae)PasseriformesLeast concernEndemic
Yellow-plumed HoneyeaterPtilotula ornataLichenostomus ornatusHoneyeaters and Chats (Meliphagidae)PasseriformesLeast concernEndemic
Grey-fronted HoneyeaterPtilotula plumulaLichenostomus plumulusHoneyeaters and Chats (Meliphagidae)PasseriformesLeast concernEndemic
Fuscous HoneyeaterPtilotula fuscaLichenostomus fuscusHoneyeaters and Chats (Meliphagidae)PasseriformesLeast concernEndemic
Yellow-tinted HoneyeaterPtilotula flavescensLichenostomus flavescensHoneyeaters and Chats (Meliphagidae)PasseriformesLeast concernEndemic
White-plumed HoneyeaterPtilotula penicillataLichenostomus penicillatusHoneyeaters and Chats (Meliphagidae)PasseriformesLeast concernEndemic
Yellow-faced HoneyeaterCaligavis chrysopsLichenostomus chrysopsHoneyeaters and Chats (Meliphagidae)PasseriformesLeast concernEndemic
Speckled WarblerPyrrholaemus sagittatusChthonicola sagittataBirds of Paradise (Paradisaeidae)PasseriformesLeast concernEndemic
Chestnut-rumped HeathwrenCalamanthus pyrrhopygiusCalamanthus pyrrhopygiaBirds of Paradise (Paradisaeidae)PasseriformesLeast concernEndemic
Shy HeathwrenCalamanthus cautusCalamanthus cautaBirds of Paradise (Paradisaeidae)PasseriformesLeast concernEndemic
Large-billed ScrubwrenSericornis magnirostraSericornis magnirostrisBirds of Paradise (Paradisaeidae)PasseriformesLeast concernEndemic
ScrubtitAcanthornis magnaAcanthornis magnusBirds of Paradise (Paradisaeidae)PasseriformesLeast concernEndemic
CicadabirdEdolisoma tenuirostrisCoracina tenuirostrisAustralian Robins (Petroicidae)PasseriformesLeast concernAustralian
Black ButcherbirdMelloria quoyiCracticus quoyiWaxbills (Estrildidae)PasseriformesLeast concernAustralian
Australian MagpieGymnorhina tibicenCracticus tibicenWaxbills (Estrildidae)PasseriformesLeast concernAustralian
Paradise RiflebirdLophorina paradiseusPtiloris paradiseusSouthern Storm-Petrels (Oceanitidae)PasseriformesLeast concernEndemic
Victoria's RiflebirdLophorina victoriaePtiloris victoriaeSouthern Storm-Petrels (Oceanitidae)PasseriformesLeast concernEndemic
Magnificent RiflebirdLophorina magnificusPtiloris magnificusSouthern Storm-Petrels (Oceanitidae)PasseriformesLeast concernAustralian
Yellow-legged FlycatcherKempiella griseocepsMicroeca griseocepsPetrels and Shearwaters (Procellariidae)PasseriformesLeast concernAustralian
White-breasted RobinQuoyornis georgianusEopsaltria georgianaPetrels and Shearwaters (Procellariidae)PasseriformesLeast concernEndemic
Mangrove RobinPeneothello pulverulentaPeneonanthe pulverulentaPetrels and Shearwaters (Procellariidae)PasseriformesLeast concernAustralian
Olive-backed SunbirdCinnyris jugularisNectarinia jugularisHawk-Owls (Strigidae)PasseriformesLeast concernAustralian
Gouldian FinchChloebia gouldiaeErythrura gouldiaeCranes (Gruidae)PasseriformesNear threatenedEndemic
Tawny GrassbirdCincloramphus timoriensisMegalurus timoriensisGrassbirds (Locustellidae)PasseriformesLeast concernAustralian
Little GrassbirdPoodytes gramineusMegalurus gramineusGrassbirds (Locustellidae)PasseriformesLeast concernAustralian
SpinifexbirdPoodytes carteriEremiornis carteriGrassbirds (Locustellidae)PasseriformesLeast concernEndemic
Arctic WarblerSericercus borealisPhylloscopus borealisWoodswallows, Currawongs, Butcherbirds and Magpie (Artamidae)PasseriformesVagrantVagrant
Rosy StarlingPastor roseusSturnus roseusWhite-eyes and Yuhinias (Zosteropidae)PasseriformesVagrantVagrant
Purple-backed StarlingAgropsar sturninusSturnus sturninusWhite-eyes and Yuhinias (Zosteropidae)PasseriformesVagrantVagrant
Chestnut-cheeked StarlingAgropsar philippensisSturnus philippensisWhite-eyes and Yuhinias (Zosteropidae)PasseriformesVagrantVagrant
Common MynaAcridotheres tristisSturnus tristisWhite-eyes and Yuhinias (Zosteropidae)PasseriformesIntroducedIntroduced

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