This list shows new species of birds. Though some might not be new, they are new as for their use. It also shows new species from the start of January 1.

Archives: 2014









Jan. 15

  1. Gosling's Bunting, Emberiza goslingi, has been split from Cinnamon-breasted Bunting, Emberiza tahapisi.[1]

Jan. 13

  1. Subalpine Warbler into Western Subalpine Warbler, Curruca inornata, and Eastern Subalpine Warbler, Curruca cantillans.[2]
  2. Lesser Whitethroat, Curruca curruca is split into Lesser Whitethroat, Curruca curruca, Desert Whitethroat, Curruca minula, Siberian Whitethroat, Curruca blythii, Steppe Whitethroat, Curruca halimodendri, Mountain Whitethroat / Hume's Whitethroat, Curruca althaea and Stolzmann's Whitethroat, Curruca margelanica.[3]

Jan. 11

  1. Coopmans's Tyrannulet, Zimmerius minimus, has been split from Golden-faced Tyrannulet, Zimmerius chrysops.[4]
  2. Loja Tyrannulet, Zimmerius flavidifrons, a mosaic population linked to Coopmans's and Golden-faced Tyrannulets.[5]
  3. A newly described species of tyrannulet, Chico's Tyrannulet, Zimmerius chicomendesi.[6]
  4. Manicore Warbling-Antbird, Hypocnemis rondoni, is split from Spix's Warbling-Antbird, Hypocnemis striata.[7]
  5. A newly described antwren, Aripuana Antwren, Herpsilochmus stotzi.[8]
  6. Another newly described antwren, Predicted Antwren, Herpsilochmus praedictus.[9]
  7. Bicoloured Antbird, Gymnopithys leucaspis, is split into Bicoloured Antbird, Gymnopithys bicolor and White-cheeked Antbird, Gymnopithys leucaspis.[10]
  8. Great Rosefinches were lumped.[11]

Jan. 10

  1. Yellow-billed Cacique is split into Prevost's Yellow-billed Cacique, Amblycercus holosericeus and Chapman's Yellow-billed Cacique, Amblycercus australis.[12]
  2. Yellow-rumped Cacique is split into Western Yellow-rumped Cacique, Cacicus flavicrissus and Amazonian Yellow-rumped Cacique, Cacicus cela.[12]
  3. Scarlet-rumped Cacique has been split into Scarlet-rumped Cacique, Cacicus microrhynchus, Pacific Cacique, Cacicus pacificus, and Subtropical Cacique, Cacicus uropygialis.[12]
  4. Mountain Cacique is split into Northern Mountain-Cacique, Cacicus leucoramphus and Southern Mountain-Cacique, Cacicus chrysonotus.[12]
  5. Barbados Grackle, Quiscalus fortirostris is split from Carib Grackle, Quiscalus lugubris.[12]


  1. Junin Tapaculo, Scytalopus gettyae[13]
  2. New Caledonian Nightjar, Eurostopodus exul[14]
  3. Delta Amacuro Softtail, Thripophaga amacurensis[15]
  4. Cambodian Tailorbird, Orthotomus chaktomuk[16]
  5. Sierra Madre Ground-Warbler, Robsonius thompsoni


  1. Chinese Wren-babbler, Pnoepyga mutica, from Scaly-breasted Wren-babbler, Pnoepyga albiventer[17]
  2. Caspian Tit, Poecile hyrcanus, from Sombre Tit, Poecile lugubris[18]
  3. Zappey's Flycatcher, Cyanoptila cumatilis, from Blue-and-white Flycatcher, Cyanoptila cyanomelana[19]
  4. Tropeiro Seedeater, Sporophila beltoni, from Plumbeous Seedeater, Sporophila plumbea[20]
  5. Solomons Nightjar, Eurostopodus nigripennis, from White-throated Nightjar, Eurostopodus mystacalis[14]
  6. Palau Nightjar, Caprimulgus phalaena, from Grey Nightjar, Caprimulgus jotaka[14]
  7. The extinct Mascarene Sheldgoose, Alopochen mauritiana is split into Reunion Sheldgoose, Alopochen kervazoi and Mauritius Sheldgoose, Alopochen mauritiana.
  8. Zarudny's Sparrow, Passer zarudnyi, has been split from Desert Sparrow, Passer simplex[21]


  1. Sidamo Lark, Heteromirafra sidamoensis, into Archer's Lark, Heteromirafra archeri[22]
  2. Plain-breasted Earthcreeper, Upucerthia jelskii, into Buff-breasted Earthcreeper, Upucerthia validirostris[23]


  1. ^ Olsson, U., R. Yosef, and P. Alström (2013b), Assessment of species limits in African brown buntings (Emberiza, Passeriformes) based on mitochondrial and nuclear sequence data, Ibis 155, 534-543."
  2. ^ Svensson, L. (2013), A taxonomic revision of the Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans, Bull. Brit. Ornith. Club 133, 240-248.
  3. ^ Olsson, U., P.J. Leader, G.J. Carey, A.A. Khan, L. Svensson, and P. Alström (2013). New insights into the intricate taxonomy and phylogeny of the Sylvia curruca complex. Mol Phylogenet Evol. 67, 72-85
  4. ^ Rheindt, F.E., A.M. Cuervo, and R.T. Brumfield (2013), Rampant polyphyly indicates cryptic diversity in a clade of Neotropical flycatchers (Aves: Tyrannidae), Biol. J. Linn. Soc. 108, 889-900.
  5. ^ Rheindt, F.E., M,K. Fujita, P.R. Wilton, and S.V. Edwards (2014), Introgression and Phenotypic Assimilation in Zimmerius Flycatchers (Tyrannidae): Population Genetic and Phylogenetic Inferences from Genome-Wide SNPs, Syst. Biol. 63, 134-152.
  6. ^ Whitney, B.M., F. Schunck, M.A. Rêgo, and L.F. Silveira (2013c), A new species of Zimmerius tyrannulet from the upper Madeira-Tapajós interfluvium in central Amazonian Brazil: Birds don't always occur where they “should”, in “Handbook of the Birds of the World, Special Volume, New Species and Global Index”, (del Hoyo, J., A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, and D.A. Christie, eds.), Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, pp. 286-291.
  7. ^ Whitney, B.M., M.I. Isler, G.A. Bravo, N. Aristizábal, F. Schunck, L.F. Silveira, V. de Q. Piacentini, M. Cohn-Haft, and M.A. Rêgo (2013b), A new species of antbird in the Hypocnemis cantator complex from the Aripuanã-Machado interfluvium in central Amazonian Brazil, in “Handbook of the Birds of the World, Special Volume, New Species and Global Index”, (del Hoyo, J., A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, and D.A. Christie, eds.), Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, pp. 282-285.
  8. ^ Whitney, B.M., M. Cohn-Haft, G. A. Bravo, F. Schunck, and L.F. Silveira (2013a), A new species of Herpsilochmus antwren from the Aripuanã-Machado interfluvium in central Amazonian Brazil, in “Handbook of the Birds of the World, Special Volume, New Species and Global Index”, (del Hoyo, J., A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, and D.A. Christie, eds.), Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, pp. 277-281.
  9. ^ Cohn-Haft, M., and G.A. Bravo (2013), A new species of Herpsilochmus antwren from west of the Rio Madeira in Amazonian Brazil, in “Handbook of the Birds of the World, Special Volume, New Species and Global Index”, (del Hoyo, J., A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, and D.A. Christie, eds.), Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, pp. 272-276.
  10. ^ Brumfield, R.T., and Edwards (2007), Evolution into and out of the Andes: A Bayesian analysis of historical diversification in Thamnophilus antshrikes, Evolution 61, 346-367.
  11. ^ Tietze, D.T., M. Päckert, J. MArtens, H. Lehmann, and Y.-H. Sun (2013), Complete phylogeny and historical biogeography of true rosefinches (Aves: Carpodacus), Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 169, 215-234.
  12. ^ a b c d e Powell, A.F.L.A., F.K. Barker, S.M. Lanyon, K.J. Burns, J. Klicka, and I.J. Lovette (2014), A comprehensive species-level molecular phylogeny of the New World blackbirds (Icteridae), Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 71, 94-112.
  13. ^ Hosner, P.A., M.B. Robbins, T. Valqui, and A.T. Peterson (2013b), A New Species of Scytalopus Tapaculo (Aves: Passeriformes: Rhinocryptidae) from the Andes of Central Peru, Wilson J. Ornith. 125, 233-242.
  14. ^ a b c Cleere, N. (2010), “Nightjars, Potoos, Frogmouths, Oilbird and Owlet-nightjars of the World”, WILDGuides, Old Basing, Hampshire UK.
  15. ^ Hilty, S.L., D. Ascanio, and A. Whittaker (2013), A New Species of Softtail (Furnariidae: Thripophaga) from the Delta of the Orinoco River in Venezuela, Condor 115, 143-154.
  16. ^ Mahood, S.P., A.J.I. John, J.C. Eames, C.H. Oliveros, R.G. Moyle, H. Chamnan, C.M. Poole, H.Nielsen, and F.H. Sheldon (2013), A new species of lowland tailorbird (Passeriformes: Cisticolidae: Orthotomus) from the Mekong floodplain of Cambodia, Forktail 29, 1-14.
  17. ^ Päckert, M., J. Martens, W. Liang, Y.-C. Hsu, and Y.-H. Sun (2013), Molecular genetic and bioacoustic differentiation of Pnoepyga Wren-babblers, J. Ornithol. 154, 329-337.
  18. ^ Johansson, U.S., J. Ekman, R.C.K. Bowie, P. Halvarsson, J.I. Ohlson, T.D. Price, and P.G.P. Ericson (2013), A complete multilocus species phylogeny of the tits and chickadees (Aves: Paridae), Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. (forthcoming).
  19. ^ Leader, P.J., and G.J. Carey (2012), Zappey's Flycatcher Cyanoptila cumatilis, a forgotten Chinese breeding endemic, Forktail 28, 121-128.
  20. ^ Repenning, M., and C.S. Fontana (2013), A New Species of Gray Seedeater (Emberizidae: Sporophila) from Upland Grasslands of Southern Brazil, Auk (forthcoming).
  21. ^ Kirwan, G.M., M. Schweizer, R. Ayé, and Andrew Grieve (2009), Taxonomy, identification and status of Desert Sparrows. Dutch Birding 31, 139-158
  22. ^ Spottiswoode, C.N., U. Olsson, M.S.L. Mills, C. Cohen, J.E. Francis, N. Toye, D. Hoddinott, A. Dagne, C. Wood, P.F. Donald, N.J. Collar, P. Alström (2013), Rediscovery of a long-lost lark reveals the conspecificity of endangered Heteromirafra populations in the Horn of Africa, J. Ornithol. 154, 813-825.
  23. ^ Areta, J.I., and M. Pearman (2013), Species Limits and Clinal Variation in a Widespread High Andean Furnariid: The Buff-breasted Earthcreeper (Upucerthia validirostris), Condor 115, 131-142.

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