The annual eBird taxonomy update IS NOW UNDERWAY. Work is still going in the background to update existing checklists, update maps etc., but the revised taxonomy should start to appear as you enter new checklists. It is worth having a look at some of the Australian species are being treated differently with the latest 2019 update.
Just the one lump that affects Australia in 2019:
Lord Howe White-eye Zosterops tephropleurus is lumped with Silvereye Zosterops lateralis .
Southern Boobook is split into two:
Rainbow Lorikeet is split into six species. Of relevance to Australia are Rainbow, Red-collared, and Coconut. These are already dealt with well in field guides such as The Australian Bird Guide, which covers how to separate these 3 former subspecies in the field.
Western Fieldwren split from Rufous Fieldwren.
Norfolk Robin split from Pacific Robin (which was a previous split from Scarlet Robin!)
There are also several splits in 2019 where a former New Guinea subspecies is elevated to full species. In all these cases, the Australian side of the split has retained the name, so we haven’t outlined these in this story.
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