Taxonomic recommendations for British birds: Seventh report

George Sangster*, J. Martin Collinson, Pierre André Crochet, Alan G. Knox, David T. Parkin, Lars Svensson, Stephen C. Votier

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This paper is the seventh report of the Taxonomic Sub‐Committee (TSC) of the BOU Records Committee (BOURC) relating to the British List. Species‐level decisions are based on criteria outlined by Helbig et al. (2002). The sixth report of the Sub‐Committee was published by Sangster et al. (2010a). The Sub‐Committee has been working with the Association of European Rarities Committees’ Taxonomic Advisory Group, which has recently published recommendations online (Crochet et al. 2010). The reports of the BOURC and its TSC, which are published in Ibis, remain the official publications of the BOU. Capped Petrel [Black‐capped Petrel] Pterodroma hasitata Capped Petrel and Bermuda Petrel differ diagnosably in pattern and coloration of crown, hindneck and rump, and uppertail‐coverts (Brooke 2004, Howell & Patteson 2008). Molecular phylogenetic analysis further suggests that these are not closely related taxa (Jesus et al. 2009). Capped Petrel and Bermuda Petrel are therefore best treated as separate species: • Capped Petrel Pterodroma hasitata (polytypic) • Bermuda Petrel Pterodroma cahow (monotypic) Capped Petrel is in Category A of the British List.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)883-892
Number of pages10
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sept 2011

Bibliographical note

We thank Norman Atkinson, Rob Barrett, Bill Bourne, Mike Harris, Martin Heubeck, Julian Hough, Peter Kennerley, Guy Kirwan, Gerard de Kroon, David J. Lauten, Markus Ritz, Magnus Robb, Kees Roselaar, Deryk Shaw, Sarah Wanless, the Montrose Museum, the National Library of Scotland, and the Waterston Library of the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club for their help.


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