Classification Revisions for the Bird Species of Peru 2018-early 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 2018 and early 2019, SACC proposed changes to 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 are the classification Revisions for the bird species of Peru that have been implemented on Peru Aves:

  1. Cyanoloxia cyanoides rothschildii, a sub-species of the Blue-Black Grosbeak (Cyanoloxia cyanoides), is raised to species status with the name Amazonian Grosbeak (Cyanoloxia rothschildii). The name is Spanish is Picogrueso Amazónico.
  2. Baron’s Spinetail (Cranioleuca baroni) and Line-cheeked Spinetail (Cranioleuca antisiensis) are considered conspecific or a single species under Line-cheeked Spinetail.
  3. Recognize the recently described Painted Manakin (Machaeropterus eckelberryi) as a new species. The name in Spanish is Saltarín Pintado.
  4. Recognizing the Painted Manakin forces a species rearrangement among other members of the genus Machaeropterus. In Peru, Striped Manakin (Machaeropterus regulus) is replaced by Striolated Manakin (Machaeropterus striolatus).
  5. Recognize the recently described Cordillera Azul Antbird (Myrmoderus eowilsoni) as a new species.
  6. Recognize (Anthus lutescens peruvianus) as a separate species as follows:
    Peruvian Pipit (Anthus peruvianus).
    Yellowish Pipit (Anthus lutescens).
  7. Separate Megascops guatemalae into several species. In Peru Vermiculated Screech-Owl (Megascops guatemalae) is replaced with Foothill Screech-Owl (Megascops roraimae).
  8. Zimmerius “chrysops” flavidifrons was transferred to the Peruvian endemic  Peruvian Tyrannulet (Zimmerius viridiflavus). Therefore, Peru loses an endemic species.
  9. Divide Schistes geoffroyi into two species. The form that occurs in Peru is now known as Geoffroy’s Daggerbill (Schistes geoffroyi).
  10. Divide Grallaricula leymebambae from G. ferrugineipectus. In Peru, Rusty-breasted Antpitta is now known as Leymebamba Antiptta (Grallaricula leymebambae).
  11. Review the generic classification and linear sequence of Anas. The genera Spatula and Mareca replace Anas in the following species.
    Puna Teal (Spatula puna)
    Red Shoveler (Spatula platalea) (NB)
    Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata) (V)
    Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (NB)
    Cinnamon Teal (Spatula cyanoptera)
    Chiloe Wigeon (Mareca sibilatrix) (H)
  12. Epinecrophylla haematonota is now known as Rufous-backed Stiplethroat. The English name for recently separated Epinecrophylla pyrrhonota is still pending.
  13. Recognize the recently named Asemospiza for Tiaris. Dull-colored Grassquit in now (Asemospiza obscura).
  14. Recognize the new genus Islerothraupis for three species of Tachyphonus tanagers as follows:
    Flame-crested Tanager (Islerothraupis cristatus)
    Yellow-crested Tanager (Islerothraupis rufiventer)
    White-shouldered Tanager (Islerothraupis luctuosa)
  15. Resuscitate the genus Poospizopsis for Poospiza. Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch is now (Poospizopsis caesar).
  16. Resurrect Chalcothraupis for Tangara ruficervix, Golden-naped Tanager is now (Chalcothraupis ruficervix).
  17. Recognize the recently described Stilpnia in some members of the genus “Tangara” as follows:
    Silvery Tanager (Stilpnia viridicollis)
    Green-throated Tanager (Stilpnia argyrofenges)
    Sira Tanager (Stilpnia phillipsi)
    Green-capped Tanager (Stilpnia meyerdeschauenseei)
    Burnished-buff Tanager (Stilpnia cayana)
    Masked Tanager (Stilpnia nigrocincta)
    Blue-necked Tanager (Stilpnia cyanicollis)
  18. Transfer Corydospiza for Phrygilus alaudinus. Band-tailed Sierra-Finch is now (Porphyrospiza alaudina).
  19. Replace the genus Idiopsar for Phrygillus erythronotos and Diuca speculifera as follows:
    White-winged Diuca-Finch (Idiopsar speculifera)
    Short-tailed Finch (Idiopsar brachyurus)
    White-throated Sierra-Finch (Idiopsar erythronotus)
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