"Taxonomy in Flux" - Checklist 3.08 (May 17)

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This is the second edition of my personal adaptation of the excellent on-line “Taxonomy in Flux” (TiF) checklist. Whilst it’s based on the current list as above, it's a very much simplified version just showing the 110 non-passerine families grouped within their taxonomically re-sequenced orders (see the December 2016 entry on my 'taxonomy updates record'). There are a further 138 families within the order PASSERIFORMES but, as I will encounter very few of these, I have deliberately omitted them. I may produce a separate list at some point in the future, but for now I want to concentrate on the non-passerine species featured within my various bird photo ‘collections’. In this respect, I found it useful to have an abridged and re-ordered version as well just for the orders and families of those species that I’m featuring. That particular listing can be found here.

I’ve made a number of references to the TiF system on this website as I have found it such a useful resource. As its name suggests, "Taxonomy in Flux" is constantly being updated by its American author, Professor John Boyd, who keeps the checklist one step, or more, in front of the four primary lists, namely those maintained by Cornell - eBird/Clements, BirdLife International, Howard & Moore, and the IOC (International Ornithological Congress) who update their version quarterly. Whilst the TiF system isn’t formally recognised in the same way, it is still very well regarded by all the main authorities.

The list separates a number of species and families where recent studies show that they should be moved out of certain traditional orders. It also re-evaluates and splits groups of similar species, such as long-legged waterbirds. The final result is an extended list of 46 orders, all of which are listed below.

Please refer to my page entitled 'understanding bird orders and families' for further information.
 
ORDERS and FamiliesSpecies groups
  
STRUTHIONIFORMES 
     StruthionidaeOstrich
  
RHEIFORMES 
     RheidaeRheas
  
CASUARIIFORMES 
     DromaiidaeEmu
     CasuariidaeCassowaries
  
APTERYGIFORMES 
     ApterygidaeKiwis
  
TINAMIFORMES 
     TinamidaeTinamous
  
ANSERIFORMES 
     AnhimidaeScreamers
     AnseranatidaeMagpie Goose
     AnatidaeDucks, Geese, Swans
  
GALLIFORMES 
     MegapodiidaeMegapodes
     CracidaeChachalacas, Curassows, Guans
     NumididaeGuineafowl
     OdontophoridaeNew World Quail
     PhasianidaeTurkeys, Grouse, Pheasants, Partridges
  
MESITORNITHIFORMES 
     MesitornithidaeMesites
  
PTEROCLIDIFORMES 
     PteroclididaeSandgrouse
  
COLUMBIFORMES 
     ColumbidaeDoves, Pigeons
  
MUSOPHAGIFORMES 
     MusophagidaeTuracos
  
OTIDIFORMES 
     OtididaeBustards
  
CUCULIFORMES 
     CuculidaeCuckoos
  
CAPRIMULGIFORMES 
     CaprimulgidaeNightjars, Nighthawks
  
STEATORNITHIFORMES 
     SteatornithidaeOilbird
  
NYCTIBIIFORMES 
     NyctibiidaePotoos
  
PODARGIFORMES 
     PodargidaeFrogmouths
  
APODIFORMES 
     AegothelidaeOwlet-nightjars
     HemiprocnidaeTreeswifts
     ApodidaeSwifts
     TrochilidaeHummingbirds
  
OPISTHOCOMIFORMES 
     OpisthocomidaeHoatzin
  
GRUIFORMES 
     PsophiidaeTrumpeters
     AramidaeLimpkin
     GruidaeCranes
     HeliornithidaeFinfoots
     SarothruridaeFlufftails
     RallidaeRails, Gallinules, Coots
  
PHOENICOPTERIFORMES 
     PhoenicopteridaeFlamingos
  
PODICIPEDIFORMES 
     PodicipedidaeGrebes
  
EURYPYGIFORMES 
     RhynochetidaeKagu
     EurypygidaeSunbittern
  
PHAETHONTIFORMES 
     PhaethontidaeTropicbirds
  
GAVIIFORMES 
     GaviidaeLoons
  
SPHENISCIFORMES 
     SpheniscidaePenguins
  
PROCELLARIIFORMES 
     DiomedeidaeAlbatrosses
     OceanitidaeSouthern Storm Petrels
     HydrobatidaeNorthern Storm Petrels
     ProcellariidaePetrels, Shearwaters
  
CICONIIFORMES 
     CiconiidaeStorks
  
SULIFORMES 
     FregatidaeFrigatebirds
     SulidaeGannets, Boobies
     AnhingidaeAnhingas
     PhalacrocoracidaeCormorants
  
PLATALEIFORMES 
     ThreskiorithidaeIbises, Spoonbills
  
PELECANIFORMES 
     ScopidaeHamerkop
     BalaenicipitidaeShoebill
     PelecanidaePelicans
  
ARDEIFORMES 
     ArdeidaeHerons, Egrets, Bitterns
  
CHARADRIIFORMES 
     PluvianellidaeMagellanic Plover
     ChionidaeSheathbills
     BurhinidaeThick-knees
     PluvianidaeEgyptian Plover
     PluvialidaeGolden Plovers
     RecurvirostridaeStilts & Avocets
     IbidorhynchidaeIbisbill
     HaematopodidaeOystercatchers
     CharadriidaePlovers, Dotterels
     PedionomidaePlains Wanderer
     ThinocoridaeSeedsnipes
     RostratulidaePainted Snipes
     JacanidaeJacanas
     ScolopacidaeSandpipers, Snipes
     TurnicidaeButtonquail
     DromadidaeCrab Plover
     GlareolidaePratincoles & Coursers
  
     StercorariidaeSkuas, Jaegers
     AlcidaeAuks
     LaridaeGulls, Terns, Skimmers
  
COLIIFORMES 
     ColiidaeMousebirds
  
CATHARTIFORMES 
     CathartidaeNew World Vultures
  
ACCIPITRIFORMES 
     SagittariidaeSecretarybird
     PandionidaeOsprey
     AccipitridaeHawks, Kites, Eagles
  
STRIGIFORMES 
     TytonidaeBarn Owls
     StrigidaeTypical Owls
  
LEPTOSMIFORMES 
     LeptosomidaeCuckoo-Roller
  
TROGONIFORMES 
     TrogonidaeTrogons
  
BUCEROTIFORMES 
     UpupidaeHoopoes
     PhoeniculidaeWoodhoopoes
     BurcorvidaeGround Hornbills
     BucerotidaeHornbills
  
CORACIIFORMES
     MeropidaeBee-eaters
     BrachypteraciidaeGround Rollers
     CoraciidaeRollers
     TodidaeTodies
     MomotidaeMotmots
     AlcedinidaeKingfishers
  
PICIFORMES 
     GalbulidaeJacamars
     BucconidaePuffbirds
     MegalaimidaeAsian Barbets
     LybiidaeAfrican Barbets, Tinkerbirds
     CapitonidaeNew World Barbets
     SemnornithidaeToucan Barbets
     RamphastidaeToucans, Aracaris, Toucanets
     IndicatoridaeHoneyguides
     PicidaeWoodpeckers
  
CARIAMIFORMES 
     CariamidaeSeriemas
  
FALCONIFORMES 
     FalconidaeFalcons, Caracaras
  
PSITTACIFORMES 
     StrigopidaeNew Zealand Parrots
     CacatuidaeCockatoos
     PsittacidaeAfrican and American Parrots
     PsittaculidaeOld World Parrots
  
PASSERIFORMESSuboscines, Songbirds
     Separate families list pending 
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Issue : 2 (July 17) - (originated Nov.15)