Recent Changes in the "Official" Designations of Certain Trinidad Birds

Richard ffrench


In a recent publication (A.O.U. 1982) the American Ornithologists' Union , the most prestigious ornithological society in the Western Hemisphere, has announced the results of the deliberations of its Committee on Classification and Nomenclature of birds. In due course it will be publishing the 6th edition of the Check-list of North American birds; this new edition will for the first time include all authenticated species on the mainland south to Panama as well as the West Indies south to Trinidad. Thus it will be possible to find in one work the names of all birds found in Trinidad and Tobago, updated in line with the most recent pronouncements on their taxonomy.

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