I have just added the IOC world bird list to my links. That isn't to say that I have had a pang of conscience and decided to follow it to the letter as some more disciplined than I choose to do. I will still adopt my own cavalier and arbitrary splits based on what I believe to be reasonable (or if it gives me a tick to be honest!). Example: American Herring Gull, split by the IOC in 2005 and by me in 1992 (when I first saw one) anticipating the later 'official' split.
|American Herring Gull: Connecticut, USA.|
|São Paulo Antwren: Is it a species or subspecies? ₢ Elis Simpson|
I noticed in the IOC list that buttonquails are included with the waders and their allies, I don't think I'll be adopting that stance for the Wader Quest, even though I have seen a couple of species; for me that is a step too far. I will stick to the Peters' family groups and include everything from Jacanas to Seedsnipes.
|Hudsonian Godwit: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ₢ Elis Simpson|
I do split the Black-winged Stilt complex and I also differentiate between Eurasian and Hudsonian Whimbrels for example. Remember I am not a scientist, but an enthusiastic birder and lover of all things avian.
|White-backed Stilt: Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.|
|Waders coming to rest on a Connecticut beach.|