Classification Revisions for the Bird Species of Peru, June-11-2020


The following changes were proposed by the South American Classification Committee.

1) To treat C. viridipennis (Amazonian Swift) as conspecific with C. chapmani (Chapman’s Swift)C. viridipennis  is the form known to occur in Peru. The two forms are now known as Chapman’s Swift.

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2) To recognize the new genus Cryptopezus for “Hylopezus nattereri” and transfer Hylopezus berlepschi, Hylopezus fulviventris, and Hylopezus dives to Myrmothera. Hylopezus dives and H. nattereri do not occur in Peru.

Visit species account: White-lored Antpitta (Myrmothera fulviventris) and Amazonian Antpitta (Myrmothera berlepschi).


3) To merge the storm-petrel genus Oceanodroma into Hydrobates.

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4) To establish English names for Turdus nigriceps and Turdus subalaris. The new name of Turdus nigriceps is Andean Slaty Thrush. T. subalaris does not occurs in Peru.

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5) To establish an English name to the previously split Catharus dryas and Catharus macualatus. The new name of Catharus maculatus is Speckled Nightingale-Thrush Peru. C. dryas does not occur in Peru.

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6) To split Sclerurus mexicanus into four separate species. Recognize S. obscurior as a species. Other splits are still under review. The English name is South American Leaftosser.

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