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List of Birds of Spain Review 2022!

Published on December 13th 2022

The list of all the birds of Spain (which includes the Iberian Peninsula, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands) available in Sparrou, following the official changes proposed in the new List of Birds of Spain 2022 recently published by SEO BirdLife, reaching an incredible total of 638 sighted species (19 species added and 3 species removed from the previous list).

All the modifications made to the List of Birds of Spain 2022 are detailed below and, therefore, applied to the bird species of Sparrou in all languages.

Taxonomic changes from the previous edition of the List

Taxonomic changes in families

As a consequence of the advances in the study of the phylogenetic relationships of birds, there has been a rearrangement of some taxa. The changes that affect the species of the Iberian Peninsula are as follows:

Taxonomic changes in genera and species

Delisted species

As a consequence of the review processes and taxonomic changes, three species have been removed from the List:

  • Mimus gilvus, since after analyzing the geographic distribution of the species along with its range of movement, a natural arrival is ruled out and it therefore disappears from the List.
  • Locustella fluviatilis, after reconsideration by the Rarities Committee of the only existing record, whose description is now considered insufficient to confirm the species.
  • Falco pelegrinoides, because they are now considered a subspecies of Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus).

Taxa added to the list as a consequence of new records obtained

Names modified with respect to the previous edition of the List

Names modified for semantic needs

Names modified for taxonomic needs

  • Tundra bean goose is used for the species Anser serrirostris, now separated from Anser fabalis.
  • Taiga bean goose is used to name Anser fabalis, already existing before the division.
  • Stejneger's scoter is used for the species Melanitta stejnegeri, now separated from Melanitta deglandi.
  • Yellow-billed kite is used to name Milvus aegyptius, which for being a recent split lacked a vulgar name.
  • Red-eyed vireo replaces the previous name to name the species Vireo olivaceus after the division of the former taxon into two species. The other species resulting from this division, Vireo chivi (not registered in Spain), is the one that retains the old name.
  • Western subalpine warbler used for taxon raised to species Curruca iberiae, formerly a subspecies of Curruca cantillans.
  • Western subalpine warbler is used for the species Curruca cantillans, already existing before the division.
  • Western black-eared wheatear used for taxon raised to species Oenanthe melanoleuca, formerly a subspecies of Oenanthe hispanica.
  • Eastern black-eared wheatear is used for the species Oenanthe hispanica, already existing before the division.

Remember that in Sparrou you will always have an updated checking list of the species of Spain (Iberian Peninsula, Balearic and Canary Islands), you can play all the games with these species and click on each name to access the species page with lots of useful information to help you to learn.

Here you can see and download the official document of the Spanish Bird List 2022 in pdf format.

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