I thought Italian sparrow would be one of them but despite the new Collins Bird Guide recognising it, not so the IOC. No, it’s the Americans and the Kiwis (not literally) wot done it. The former, predictably, split yellow-rumped warbler back into myrtle and Audubon’s. This affects practically all my USA lists, including that for Santa Clara County.
In New Zealand, both kokako and saddleback split into North Island and South Island species. Which presents me with a wee dilemma. No problem with kokako, which I only ever saw on Tiritiri Matangi, but I saw saddleback both there and at Ulva Island, way down south. The Tiri bird would certainly have been transplanted. But from where? Hopefully the conservation effort is sassy enough not to be mingling separate species, so I’m guessing that my Tiri saddleback is genuine North Island.
And the Ulva bird, South Island? Hm, that was back in 2003, so would it have been? Wouldn’t it? Anyone know?