Taxonomic changes v4.4

The IOC taxonomic update v4.4 has just been published and while no shorebird splits or lumps were proposed, there are some changes on subspecies level.

The Northern Jacana, Long-billed Curlew and the Purple Sandpiper is now treated as monotypic. Also several subspecies of multiple species have been deleted.

Details

African Wattled Lapwing
Subspecies Vanellus senegallus major has been deleted.
Northern Jacana
Subspecies Jacana spinosa gymnostoma, spinosa and violacea has been deleted. Species is treated as monotypic.
Least Seedsnipe
Thinocorus rumicivorus pallidus has been deleted.
Long-billed Curlew
Numenius americanus parvus and nominate subspecies has been deleted. Species is treated as monotypic.
Purple Sandpiper
Calidris maritima belcheri, littoralis. and nominate subspecies has been deleted. Species is treated as monotypic.
Collared Pratincole
Subspecies Glareola pratincola erlangeri and riparia has been deleted
Rock Pratincole
Subspecies Glareola nuchalis torrens has been deleted.

More information on the IOC website.

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The Collared Pratincole is a Eurasian/African breeding wader with two subspecies. © Gyorgy Szimuly

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