Sunday, March 12, 2017

Warbler Guy, are there an pending bird name/classification changes via the North American Classification Committee (NACC)? Any current proposals could change warbler names?

Good question, Irvin (in Spokane, WA).

1. Current avian classification and pending name changes under consideration by American Ornithologists’ Union committee and previous years' proposal are listed at:

2. The most RECENT proposal decisions that have been adopted are present at:

3. Please note a proposal is considered for a vote, then it must first be submitted. 

This process is explained via:

The North American Classification Committee (NACC), formally known as the Committee on Classification and Nomenclature of North and Middle American Birds, is charged with keeping abreast of the systematics and distribution of birds in this region, with the purpose of creating a standard classification and nomenclature. 

The committee votes "yes" or "no" on proposals and the results are typically listed at the American Ornithologists' Union web site ( by July each year.

4. As for potential warbler name changes via current proposals the NACC is considering, none are pending decision by this committee. 

5. Lastly:

In other words, status quo shall reign, meaning, "yes," the Yellow-breasted Chat shall again
evade ejection from the warbler family. But that's a whole another question to debate and answer. (i.e., Feel free to search at this blog for a past post or two I have featured at this blog in prior years to 2017.)

Regards, Daniel Edelstein

Birding Guide,
Consulting Biologist,
Certified Wildlife Biologist (associate) (hosts my resume and birding information)

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Warbler Guy, are you teaching any local adult birding classes soon? Your "Bird Songing: The Ecology Of Birds Songs & Learning Them By Ear" Is Happening Soon Again?

...and good day, Bryce (in Hayward, CA). . .and please feel free to learn more about my upcoming 3/22 - 5/6/17 Merritt College class that you queried about in the subject line, above, via:

OR: I'm able to send you a color flyer with details about the class if you send me an email
note at:

.....or, as noted, see the pathway to learn registration/information about the class through, below....)

At the home page:

Click on the "Apply & Enroll" pull-down menu, then click on "Class Schedule."

You will see a pdf file of the entire Spring, 2017 class schedule. In turn, scroll to the Biology section, then
look for class under Biology 80B: "Bird Songing/Birding By Ear in the SF Bay Area"

Questions? Problems in enrolling? Please email me at

Meanwhile, please feel free to visit my web site — — where my
"Birding Tours" features information about small and large group birding outings I regularly
lead as a Marin County birding guide, Sonoma County birding guide, and San Francisco birding guide.

My popular eight-year-old wood-warbler blog — — may also interest you.

Here, ask "Warbler Guy" any question you wish about wood-warblers and he'll be your Answer Man.

My blog also features:

1) wood-warbler articles (for which you can search through eight years of
articles that have appeared at my blog);

2) photo ID quizzes; and

3) one-click, think-quick quizzes

Enjoy the birding....feel free to contact me with your questions: