Use of AOU checklist

Leonard Krishtalka kris at FALCON.CC.UKANS.EDU
Mon Apr 21 09:15:44 CDT 1997

        Thanks for your response.  Actually, a number of ornithologists have
responded to me privately rather than copying the Taxacom list.

At 12:13 AM 04/20/1997 -0700, Steve Halford wrote:
>On Thu, 17 Apr 1997, Leonard Krishtalka wrote:
>>        A working group of the Commission on Environmental Cooperation,
>> NAFTA, is considering a biodiversity project that will entail the electronic
>> assembly, integration and dissemination of occurrence data forf North
>> American birds from existing specimen-based and observation-based databases.
>>         One of the component tasks is to identify a taxonomic authority for
>> bird names.  Would this be the 1983 AOU checklist (6th edition)?  Are there
>> other authority files that ornithologists commonly use?  Please advise and
>> thank you in advance for your help.
>Since you don't seem to have been overwhelmed by repies from *real*
>The AOU checklist would seem to be the logical taxonomic authority,  but
>is subject to biennial revisions published in the October(?) issue of
>"The Auk" in every odd-numberd year.  Thus there have been six revisions to
>the sixth edition to date,  and I believe a seventh edition is scheduled
>for publication this year.
>Steve (halford at
>Museum Technician
>Simon Fraser University
>Burnaby, B.C., Canada


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                        Ernest Rutherford

Leonard Krishtalka
Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center
The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045
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