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More than 10,700 species of birds roam the earth and you’ll find just as many species accounts online. Each week, four newly revised species accounts are released. Species such as the plucky Yellow-billed Tit-tyrant, the metallic burgundy Pompadour Cotinga; the striking Sangkar White-eye; and the plump, orange-crowned Wrenthrush just received new treatments by our global editorial team. This team regularly updates accounts with the latest science; updated range maps; representative photos, videos, and sounds; and of course, the latest taxonomy.
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|Extent of Revision||Species||Authors|
|Full||Elegant Quail (Callipepla douglasii)||David E. Brown and Jennifer M. Gee|
|Great Spotted Cuckoo (Clamator glandarius)||Robert B. Payne, Ernest Garcia, Peter F. D. Boesman, and Nárgila Moura|
|Klaas’s Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx klaas)||Robert B. Payne, Peter F. D. Boesman, and Nárgila Moura|
|Full||Least Seedsnipe (Thinocorus rumicivorus)||Sarah Toner|
|Peruvian Diving-Petrel (Pelecanoides garnotii)||Carles Carboneras, Francesc Jutglar, Guy M. Kirwan, and Logan Kahle|
|Full||Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus)||Raymond C. Telfair II and Michael L. Morrison|
|Full||Malabar Gray Hornbill (Ocyceros griseus)||Divya Mudappa and T. R. Shankar Raman|
|Full||White-headed Woodpecker (Dryobates albolarvatus)||Jeffrey M. Kozma, Teresa J. Lorenz, Martin G. Raphael, Kimball L. Garrett, and Rita D. Dixon|
|Pompadour Cotinga (Xipholena punicea)||David Snow, Arnau Bonan, Sabrina Aeluro, Guy M. Kirwan, and Andrew J. Spencer|
|Yellow-billed Tit-Tyrant (Anairetes flavirostris)||John W. Fitzpatrick, Andrew J. Spencer, and Kyra Leonardi|
|Full||Blackish Pewee (Contopus nigrescens)||Thomas S. Schulenberg and Andrew J. Spencer|
|Full||Tylas Vanga (Tylas eduardi)||Satoshi Yamagishi, Masahiko Nakamura, and Thomas S. Schulenberg|
|Full||Red-shouldered Vanga (Calicalicus rufocarpalis)||Satoshi Yamagishi, Masahiko Nakamura, Arnau Bonan, and Thomas S. Schulenberg|
|Full||Nuthatch-Vanga (Hypositta corallirostris)||Satoshi Yamagishi, Masahiko Nakamura, David Christie, and Thomas S. Schulenberg|
|Full||Crossley’s Vanga (Mystacornis crossleyi)||Nigel Collar, Craig Robson, and Thomas S. Schulenberg|
|Tropical Boubou (Laniarius major)||Hilary Fry, Nárgila Moura, and Peter F. D. Boesman|
|Full||Rufous-tailed Lark (Ammomanes phoenicura)||Kulbushansingh Suryawanshi and Per Alström|
|Northern Crombec (Sylvietta brachyura)||David Pearson, Guy M. Kirwan, Nárgila Moura, and Peter F. D. Boesman|
|Barratt’s Warbler (Bradypterus barratti)||David Pearson, Peter F. D. Boesman, and Nárgila Moura|
|Greater Striped Swallow (Cecropis cucullata)||Angela Turner, Peter F. D. Boesman, and Nárgila Moura|
|Charlotte’s Bulbul (Iole charlottae)||Wich’yanan Limparungpatthanakij, Lincoln Fishpool, and Joe Tobias|
|Full||Aldabra White-eye (Zosterops aldabrensis)||Nárgila Moura and Peter F. D. Boesman|
|Indian White-eye (Zosterops palpebrosus)||Wich’yanan Limparungpatthanakij and Bas van Balen|
|Full||Sangkar White-eye (Zosterops melanurus)||Panji G. Akbar and Bas van Balen|
|Full||Banasura Laughingthrush (Montecincla jerdoni)||Praveen J.|
|Full||Long-billed Gnatwren (Ramphocaenus melanurus)||Harold F. Greeney, Jonathan L. Atwood, Susannah Lerman, and Andrew J. Spencer|
|Ashy Flycatcher (Fraseria caerulescens)||Barry Taylor, Peter F. D. Boesman, and Nárgila Moura|
|Madanga (Madanga ruficollis)||Bas van Balen|
|Slaty Brushfinch (Atlapetes schistaceus)||Alvaro Jaramillo, Josep del Hoyo, Nigel Collar, and Guy M. Kirwan|
|Full||Wrenthrush (Zeledonia coronata)||Gates Dupont, Jon Curson, and Andrew J. Spencer|
|Bahama Oriole (Icterus northropi)||Aiman Raza, Matthew Kane, and Kevin Omland|
*A full account revision has been fully updated with recent literature and media.