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Wangi-Wangi White-eye
BOW Team November 1, 2023
Three avian taxonomy experts from eBird and Birds of the World convened for a discussion of the recent updates to the eBird/Clements checklist. The team provided an in-depth overview of the 2023 taxonomy updates and recent efforts to standardize bird taxonomy across all major global checklists.
Principe Scops-Owl
October 12, 2023
The 2023 Taxonomy Update is: COMING SOON. The annual eBird Taxonomy Update is scheduled to begin on 24 October. However, you may notice some changes to your data starting as early as 12 October.

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