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The Quarterly Journal of Western Field Ornithologists

Vol. 45, No. 4
December 2014
Western Field Ornithologists


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The 38th Annual Report of the California Bird Records Committee: 2012 Records
James E. Pike, Kimball L. Garrett, and Adam J. Searcy

ABSTRACT: The California Bird Records Committee reached decisions on 280 records involving 525 individuals of 88 species and two species pairs documented since the 37th report (Nelson et al. 2013), endorsing 226 records of 471 individuals. The recent addition of the Scaly-breasted Munia (formerly Nutmeg Mannikin, Lonchura punctulata) to the state list, and the split of the Sage Sparrow into the Sagebrush Sparrow (Artemisiospiza nevadensis) and Bell’s Sparrow (A. belli), combined with first accepted state records of the Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus), Gray Hawk (Buteo plagiatus), and Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) outlined in this report, brings California’s total list of accepted species to 654, 11 of which, including the munia, are established introductions. Other notable records detailed in this report are of the Common Crane (Grus grus), Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola), and Varied Bunting (Passerina versicolor).

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