Classification Revisions for the Bird Species of Peru-2019


The South American Classification Committee (SACC) is an official committee of the American Ornithological Society.  The mission of this committee is to create a standard classification, with English names, for the bird species of South America.

This classification is subject to constant revision by the proposal system to allow incorporation of new data.

The list of birds of South America is open to proposals for change from the ornithological community as a whole. Proposals for changes must be based on previously published data, information, or analyses.

During the months of late 2019, SACC proposed changes to the list of birds of South America.  Mr. Manuel Plenge “diligently” compiles changes that apply to the list of Birds of Peru and maintains the official list of Spanish names.

The following is a list of classification revisions for the Bird Species of Peru-2019 that have been implemented:

During the second half of 2019, SACC proposed classification revisions for the list of birds of South America.  Mr. Manuel Plenge, who maintains the official List of Birds of Peru, “diligently” compiles applicable revisions.

The following is a list of classification revisions for the Bird Species of Peru that have been implemented on Peru Aves:

  1. Recognize Elaenia sordida as a separate species of Elaenia obscura. For Peru Highland Elaenia (Elaenia obscura obscura) is now Elaenia obscura.
  2. Change Urochroa bougueri leucura to Urochroa leucura and change name to Green-backed Hillstar as follows:
    Green-backed Hillstar (Urochroa leucura).  The name in Spanish is Estrella de Dorso Verde.
  3. Split the storm-petrels (Hydrobatidae) into two families Oceanitidae and Hydrobatidae.
  4. Change English name of Aramides cajaneus from Gray-necked Wood-Rail to Gray-cowled Wood-Rail. The name in Spanish is now Rascón Montés de Capucha Gris.
  5. Revise familial limits and the linear sequence of families within the nine-primaried oscines. New linear sequeance is: Passeridae (between Mimidae and Motacillidae), Fringillidae, Passerellidae (replaces Emberizidae), Icteridae, Parulidae, Cardinalidae, and Thraupidae.
  6. Recognize a monotypic genus Tephrophilus for Buthraupis wetmorei.  Masked Mountain-Tanager (Tephrophilus wetmorei).
  7. Recognize monotypic Sporathraupis for Thraupis cyanocephala: Blue-capped Tanager (Sporathraupis cyanocephala).
  8. Recognize Colibri cyanotus as a separate species from C. thalassinus. Lesser Violetear is now (Colibri cyanotus).
  9. Resurrect the genus Thaumasius for Leucippus baeri and L. taczanowskii as follows:
    Tumbes Hummingbird (Thaumasius baeri).
    Spot-throated Hummingbird (Thaumasius taczanowskii).
  10. Resurrect the monospecific genus Talaphorus for Leucippus chlorocercus as follows:
    Olive-spotted Hummingbird (Talaphorus chlorocercus).
  11. Restrict the genus Amazilia to A. tzacatl as follows:
    Rufous-tailed Hummingbird (Amazilia tzacatl).
  12. Recognize the genus Amazilis as a monospecific genus for the species amazilia.
    Amazilia Hummingbird is now (Amazilis amazilia).
  13. Recognize the monospecific genus Uranomitra for the species franciae:
    Andean Emerald is now (Uranomitra franciae).
  14. Recognize the genus Chionomesa for the species  Amazilia fimbriata and lactea as follows:
    Glittering-throated Emerald (Chionomesa fimbriata).
    Sapphire-spangled Emerald (Chionomesa lacteal).
  15. Expand Chlorestes to include species formerly in the genera Damophila and Hylocharis as follows:
    White-chinned Sapphire (Chlorestes cyanus).
    Violet-bellied Hummingbird (Chlorestes Julie).
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