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OSME Region List version 3.2 – a precis of changes

There have been numerous taxonomic and related developments since v3.1.

  1. Several former Puffinus taxa have been transferred to a restored genus, Ardenna, making most groups monophyletic (Christides & Boles 2008).
  2. Purple Swamphen has been split (IOC5.3) pretty well as ORL3.1 had forecast.
  3. From the thesis of Cohen 2011, we have revised most of the Sandgrouse, enlarging Syrrhaptes at the expense of Pterocles, but Cohen 2011 did not sample all taxa, and so further revision may occur.

A Bridled Tern ringed in the Gulf found dead in Japan

A Bridled Tern that turned up dead in Okinawa Prefecture had apparently flown 7,500 kilometers to Japan from a small island in the Persian Gulf, the first confirmed case of avian migration between the regions.

According to the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology in Abiko, Chiba Prefecture, a foot ring showed that the bridled tern came from Nakhiloo Island in Iran.

The bird was found on a golf course in Nago in Japan's southernmost prefecture last October.

An overview of OSME's key achievements in 2015

Conservation is a huge challenge around the globe. Habitats continue to disappear and the number of species at risk of extinction continues to increase. In 2015, 40 more bird species were classified as having a higher risk of extinction according to the IUCN Red-List. But there is room for optimism. Arguably, the biggest threat to global biodiversity are the effects of climate change on species distributions, breeding cycles and food availability. 

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