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Recent Name Changes

North & Central American Birds

Many North and Central American bird names have changed since some of the most popular field guides were published. The bird names in the left column, below, have been replaced by names on the right.

In some cases a name occurs more than once in the left column. These are species that have been split. For example, "Lesser Golden-Plover" has been split into "Pacific Golden-Plover" and "American Golden-Plover."

On the other hand, "Dark-eyed Junco" occurs four times in the right column. That is because what used to be considered four different species of juncos are now considered just one species, Dark-eyed Junco.

The bird names used here are those adopted by the American Birding Association (ABA) and the American Ornithologists's Union (AOU). They appear in taxonomic order. This information is current as of January 22, 1998.


FORMER NAME CURRENT NAME
Cape Verde Islands Petrel Fea's Petrel
Olivaceous Cormorant Neotropic Cormorant
Louisiana Heron Tricolored Heron
Whistling Swan Tundra Swan
Falcated Teal Falcated Duck
Common Pintail Northern Pintail
Common or American Scoter Black Scoter
American Swallow-tailed Kite Swallow-tailed Kite
Black-shouldered Kite White-tailed Kite
Common Bobwhite Northern Bobwhite
Common Gallinule Common Moorhen
Lesser Golden-Plover Pacific Golden-Plover
Lesser Golden-Plover American Golden-Plover
Rufous-necked Stint Red-necked Stint
Northern Phalarope Red-necked Phalarope
Common Black-headed Gull Black-headed Gull
Common Screech Owl Eastern Screech-Owl
Common Screech Owl Western Screech-Owl
Fork-tailed Emerald Canivet's Emerald
Coppery-tailed Trogon Elegant Trogon
Arizona Woodpecker Strickland's Woodpecker
Spectacled Foliage-gleaner Scaly-throated Foliage-gleaner
Spectacled Antpitta Streak-chested Antpitta
Fulvous-bellied Antpitta White-lored Antpitta
Fulvous-bellied Antpitta Thicket Antpitta
Beardless Flycatcher Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet
Coues' Flycatcher Greater Pewee
Western Pewee Western Wood-Pewee
Eastern Pewee Eastern Wood-Pewee
Greater Antillean Pewee Cuban Pewee
Western Flycatcher Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Western Flycatcher Cordilleran Flycatcher
Thrush-like Manakin Thrush-like Schiffornis
Broad-billed Sapayoa Sapayoa
Gray-headed Manakin Gray-headed Piprites
Solitary Vireo Blue-headed Vireo
Solitary Vireo Cassin's Vireo
Solitary Vireo Plumbeous Vireo
Scrub Jay Florida Scrub-Jay
Scrub Jay Island Scrub-Jay
Scrub Jay Western Scrub-Jay
Gray-breasted Jay Mexican Jay
Mexican Crow Tamaulipas Crow
White-necked Raven Chihuahuan Raven
Plain Titmouse Oak Titmouse
Plain Titmouse Juniper Titmouse
Slender-billed Wren Sumichrast's Wren
Slender-billed Wren Nava's Wren
Short-billed Marsh Wren Sedge Wren
Long-billed Marsh Wren Marsh Wren
Water Pipit American Pipit
Chat Tanager Eastern Chat-Tanager
Chat Tanager Western Chat-Tanager
Scarlet-rumped Tanager Passerini's Tanager
Scarlet-rumped Tanager Cherrie's Tanager
Blue-hooded Euphonia Elegant Euphonia
Golden-masked Tanager Golden-hooded Tanager
Yellow-throated Brush-Finch White-naped Brush-Finch
Black-headed Brush-Finch Stripe-headed Brush-Finch
Rufous-sided Towhee Eastern Towhee
Rufous-sided Towhee Spotted Towhee
Brown Towhee California Towhee
Brown Towhee Canyon Towhee
Sharp-tailed Sparrow Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow
Sharp-tailed Sparrow Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow
Gray-headed Junco Dark-eyed Junco
Oregon Junco Dark-eyed Junco
White-winged Junco Dark-eyed Junco
Slate-colored Junco Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Oriole Baltimore Oriole
Northern Oriole Bullock's Oriole
Rosy Finch Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch
Rosy Finch Black Rosy-Finch
Rosy Finch Brown-capped Rosy-Finch
Common Amakihi Hawaii Amakihi
Common Amakihi Oahu Amakihi
Common Amakihi Kauai Amakihi
 



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