We have just launched 'group lists' in BUBO Listing. A few people have created accounts in the past for a group, but this is not something we officially permitted, for a couple of reasons:

  1. We have always insisted on real person names as we believe this is important for the openness in listing that we wish to see
  2. Group accounts are misleading and annoying for listers when viewing rankings tables: imagine being a high lister near the top of a rankings table for somewhere, only to find a combined list for a group of ten individuals above you!

We now support group lists in a better way for everybody.

  • Any group lists are excluded from rankings tables by default, so these tables will always be for individual lists
  • When viewing a rankings table, if group lists have been added, you will see a 'groups' icon that will reload the table with group lists displayed



  • Group lists will be shown with the 'groups' icon beside their name
  • Clicking the main 'groups' icon again will reload the table without the group lists



  • If a particular list doesn't have any group lists yet, the groups icon will not be shown, so you will just see the list 'link' icon as currently.

Group lists are ideal for a society wishing to include the full species list for their recording area, whether this is a formal society or an informal group of watchers at a patch. For example, the rankings table for a local patch could then show the number one lister as the group list, containing all species ever recorded on the site, including historical records. This quickly shows individual listers how many more species they need to find! They are also ideal for tours, whether for a few friends who regularly travel together and wish to keep an overall list from their trips, or tour companies (like the just launched Bubo Birding!)



If you wish to create a group account then sign up as usual but select 'Yes' to the 'Group Account?' question. Any lists that a group account creates will automatically be treated as group lists. Alternatively, if you have already created a group account, or notice any lists that others have created before and are not bring treated as group lists, let us know and we will update them.

The Royal Tern Trio ~ Royal Terns ~ Thalasseus maximus ~ Southern Outer Banks, North Carolina
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The Royal Tern Trio ~ Royal Terns ~ Thalasseus maximus ~ Southern Outer Banks, North Carolina

The IOC World List has now been updated to the latest published version 10.1 from January 2020.

The new list includes the newly described Alor Myzomela and Spectacled Flowerpecker, but Deignan's Babbler and Hoogerwerf's Pheasant are no longer recognised as valid species. Newly split species this time around include Western/Eastern Black-eared Wheatears, West African Crested / Royal Terns, Maghreb/Tawny Owls, Sunda/Collared Owlets, Butterfly/Festive Coquettes, Cryptic/Graceful Honeyeaters, Himalayan/Swinhoe's (Striated) Prinias, Deignan's/Burmese/Annam (Brown) Prinias and Island/Numfor/Biak Leaf Warblers. Finally, v10.1 sees a re-entry by that old favourite, Hudsonian Whimbrel, which has been split, then lumped, and now split again (for how long??)

Regional or country lists based on IOC, such as the IOC Western Palearctic list, have also been updated.

We now automatically apply these updates where we can, and in other cases you will be prompted for any taxonomic changes to address yourself.

 

Lanius minor
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Lanius minor

BUBO Listing currently supports more than 200 different authorities and countries. Keeping these up to date is a major task, particularly if the official authority themselves does not frequently publish updates to their lists. We would love some help from anyone with a particular interest and local knowledge in a country or region. For example, if you are aware of new species additions to a country or state we can allow you to add them immediately to the appropriate checklist in BUBO Listing, so there is no more waiting for us to get around to it ourselves!

In addition many official authorities don't keep up with taxonomic changes which are published regularly by the main authorities, e.g. IOC and eBird/Clements at world level. This is frustrating for listers when, for example, they visit a country where the latest 'official' list uses a taxonomy that differs from their preferred world list taxonomy. In these cases we will try to either offer an alternate taxonomy based on either IOC or Clements, or pre-empt taxonomic changes on the official authority.

If you wish to help out with making checklist changes for BUBO Listing, please Contact Us and tell us which countries or regions you would like to contribute to. 

Brown Booby
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Brown Booby

You will have noticed a new look to BUBO Listing. Everything should work as before but with a few changes other than the new design:

  • You no longer need a username. Instead you can log in with your email address, or your existing username. Forgotten usernames and passwords are a very common support query for us, so hopefully this will be easier for everyone in the future!
  • The menu of options when you are logged in, to view My Lists, Create New List etc., is now part of the main menu at the top. If you can't see My Lists in this menu, then you need to log in. The login form has now moved to the top right.
  • New functionality includes checking the Top Blockers for any list!

Thanks to the brilliant Gyr Crakes for the updated BUBO logo!

If you notice any problems with the new site then please contact us.

 

Carunculated Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus granulifrons), Obi, Indonesia 20160913-122.jpg
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Carunculated Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus granulifrons), Obi, Indonesia 20160913-122.jpg

What is the rarest bird you've seen? In Britain could it be Allen's Gallinule, or Brown-headed Cowbird, or maybe on a world scale you've managed to see Carunculated Fruit Dove, Djibouti Francolin or Eaton's Pintail?

blockersYou can now check your top 100 'blockers', that is species you have seen that very few other listers have. On any list, click the kiwi to get a list of up to 100 blockers, ordered by their rarity value. You can do this for any list for any other lister too, not just your own lists.