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Vertical BannerIf you have your own website or blog, or contribute to other forums, you will be pleased to know that it is now possible to include a BUBO badge with list totals updated automatically from BUBO Listing. Up to two lists can be chosen to be displayed in a variety of sizes, and these can be included on other websites by just copying and pasting some given code. For example, a horizontal banner for a forum signature and a vertical banner for a blog are shown here.

To set up lists for use in these BUBO badges, you need to mark these lists as favourites (similarly to setting favourites for your personalised home page). From My Lists, click on the star icon next to the list you wish to use. Under the option "Show this list on other websites and forums?", you can make it display first or second on a badge. You can also choose the size of badge from the list given. Click "Preview image..." to see how the image will look. On the right hand side the code you need to copy and paste is displayed in bold. Two options are shown: "BBCode" which is typically used by forums, and HTML for your website or blog. Select the bold text and copy it (e.g. using Ctrl-C), then you can paste it into the signature field option for the forum you are using, or into your website or blog. If you need more details then just ask in the BUBO forums.

Setting BUBO badges

You can also test your signature in the BUBO forum - go to My Profile -> Update Profile -> BUBO Forum tab and paste (e.g. Ctrl-V) the BBCode selected earlier.

Note that the lists you use for BUBO badges do not have to be the same ones that you show on the home page. Also there is no reason why you can't show several different size badges in different locations, e.g. a horizontal banner on a forum and a vertical banner on your website.

The content shown on the badge includes list name, list type, last tick species, date and location. Text will be truncated or omitted if need be to fit the particular badge size. Your latest tick is determined by the date and time it was added to BUBO Listing, not the sighting date. This means that retrospective updates that you make (e.g. from recent taxonomic changes, or record acceptances by the appropriate committee) will be used even if they relate to an old sighting. (The first time you choose a list for a badge you may find no latest tick details shown, or Mute Swan may be shown as default - just use Batch Edit to uncheck the species as seen and then immediately check it back on again, and it will then appear as the last tick.)

Each time a badge is used anywhere the BUBO Listing database is queried for the latest details. Because of the increased load on the BUBO Listing system we do insist that the badge must keep intact the direct link to BUBO Listing. Hence anyone clicking on the badge on your website, or in your forum signature, will be taken to the BUBO Listing website.

Note also for forum signatures that you must comply with any restrictions that the particular forum gives regarding image dimensions and file size. Use small badges and the compressed version if necessary and check that it works on the forum in question.

If you have any questions about using these BUBO badges then please ask in the BUBO forum.


The latest BUBO Listing change is the ability to display your own favourite lists on the home page. Thus instead of just seeing the rankings for your home country life and year lists, plus the World list, you can have the lists that matter most to you. If you want your local patch year list to appear first on the home page then you can do exactly that, and easily keep tabs on your position related to that of your birding friends!

The way this works is that you can define up to three "Favourite" lists from the My Lists menu option. Just click on the small star next to the list you want and you will be prompted to make it your first, second or third favourite. Existing favourites will be indicated by having a large star instead of a small one.

When you visit the BUBO Listing home page, and you are logged in, it will show all the favourites you have defined, in the appropriate order. Note that if you are not logged in the default lists for your home country (year and life) plus the World, will be shown as they are currently.

Another great feature added is that the top 10 rankings will now always show your own list. If you are not currently in the top 10 an 11th row will be shown for your own lists, and its overall ranking. Now it's easy to see how well you are doing compared to the top listers, and if you are making any progress!


We have just changed the way that Create New List and Batch Edit work. Instead of checking the various species and then hitting Save at the bottom, now all you have to do is check a species as seen and the update will be saved automatically. This means that it is faster overall and more reliable. Although it may take about a second to check a species (the screen will "freeze" until the update has been made) whereas this was immediate before, the old method of hitting Save could take several minutes to add the records. It was difficult to know whether the update was still working, and some people reported problems with it timing out and therefore losing changes that were in progress. For rarities, where date and location are mandatory, a new dialog box appears when you check the species as seen in order to capture all required information in one go. When you hit Add Record, the rarity record is saved. The new method works out faster overall so it is even easier to add those World lists!

Note that a similar method is used for editing sighting details, i.e. each time you make a change to the date, location, comments or sensitive flag the change is immediately updated in the BUBO Listing database.

New Batch Edit

A few small performance changes have also been implemented in other areas. If you notice any problems then please let us know, and do let us know what you think of the new batch editing. Also the next change due will be to the home page, so we'd appreciate any suggestions.

We have just introduced a few new list "types" to BUBO Listing. As well as self-found lists that we have always supported, it is now possible to add the following.

Green Lists

Also referred to as zero-carbon lists, or BIGBYs (Big Green Big Year), we are allowing three different types of these:

  1. Green: foot - true green lists, where all birds recorded must be whilst walking from your home or place of work
  2. Green: non-motorised - as above, but forms of non-motorised transport (e.g. bicycle, canoe) are allowed as well
  3. Green: public transport - birds recorded without using any non-motorised transport except for scheduled public transport (ground or water transport only, e.g. buses, trains, ferries - no planes allowed!)

You can read more about Bigby Birding at www.sparroworks.ca/greenbirding/index.html.

Ringing/Banding Lists

Record birds that you have ringed (banded).

Photographic Lists

Record birds that you have photographed (preferably identifiably!)

False Lists

A false list is birds recorded anywhere in the world, i.e. not just within the list location. Hence a False Western Palearctic list includes those species that have been recorded in the WP and which the observer has seen, either inside or outside the WP region.

To use any of these new list types is very simple: when you are choosing the parameters for a list, e.g. location, period and authority, just select the appropriate list type from the new dropdown. The default value is for a "normal" list, i.e. all records.

If you want to see a list type that we do not currently support then please let us know.


At the end of 2008, the latest updates to the Clements world checklist were announced by Cornell Lab of Ornithology, who now administer the list. These changes are all explained in great detail on Cornell's website, where you can also download the new world list.

It has taken a little time, but BUBO Listing now incorporates all of these changes. Whilst there have been many minor name changes, the changes affecting birders most significantly are the species which have been split, and those that have been lumped. For many birders it will appear to be bad news, as the number of lumps far outweighs the number of splits, so most world lists are likely to decline.

For existing lists, we have had to remove any records of species that have been lumped or split, and listers will have to go in and add the ones that should now be there instead. To make this task a little easier, we here list the splits and the lumps to consider:

Splits (old species listed first, then new ones)

Red-winged Tinamou Rhynchotus rufescens

    >   Red-winged Tinamou Rhynchotus rufescens

    >   Huayco Tinamou Rhynchotus maculicollis

Spot-billed Duck Anas poecilorhyncha

    >   Indian Spot-billed Duck Anas poecilorhyncha

    >   Eastern Spot-billed Duck Anas zonorhyncha

White-chinned Petrel Procellaria aequinoctialis

    >   White-chinned Petrel Procellaria aequinoctialis

    >   Spectacled Petrel Procellaria conspicillata

Audubon's Shearwater Puffinus lherminieri

    >   Audubon's Shearwater Puffinus lherminieri

    >   Galapagos Shearwater Puffinus subalaris

White-eared Parakeet Pyrrhura leucotis

    >   White-eared Parakeet Pyrrhura leucotis

    >   Pfrimer's Parakeet Pyrrhura pfrimeri

Marbled Frogmouth Podargus ocellatus

    >   Marbled Frogmouth Podargus ocellatus

    >   Solomon Islands Frogmouth Rigidipenna inexpectata

Little Nightjar Caprimulgus parvulus

    >   Todd's Nightjar Caprimulgus heterurus

    >   Little Nightjar Caprimulgus parvulus

Chapman's Swift Chaetura chapmani

    >   Chapman's Swift Chaetura chapmani

    >   Amazonian Swift Chaetura viridipennis

Ashy-tailed Swift Chaetura andrei

    >   Sick's Swift Chaetura meridionalis

    >   {Vaux's Swift - some subspecies transferred} Chaetura vauxi

Pale-tailed Barbthroat Threnetes niger

    >   Pale-tailed Barbthroat Threnetes leucurus

    >   Sooty Barbthroat Threnetes niger

Blue-tailed Emerald Chlorostilbon mellisugus

    >   Western Emerald Chlorostilbon melanorhynchus

    >   Red-billed Emerald Chlorostilbon gibsoni

    >   Blue-tailed Emerald Chlorostilbon mellisugus

Golden-bellied Starfrontlet Coeligena bonapartei

    >   Golden-bellied Starfrontlet Coeligena bonapartei

    >   Dusky Starfrontlet Coeligena orina

Black-mandibled Toucan Ramphastos ambiguus

    >   Chestnut-mandibled Toucan Ramphastos swainsonii

    >   Black-mandibled Toucan Ramphastos ambiguus

Rufous-headed Woodpecker Celeus spectabilis

    >   Rufous-headed Woodpecker Celeus spectabilis

    >   Kaempfer's Woodpecker Celeus obrieni

White-necked Puffbird Notharchus macrorhynchos

    >   White-necked Puffbird Notharchus hyperrhynchus

    >   Guianan Puffbird Notharchus macrorhynchos

White-ruffed Manakin Corapipo altera

    >   White-ruffed Manakin Corapipo altera

    >   White-bibbed Manakin Corapipo leucorrhoa

Slender-footed Tyrannulet Zimmerius gracilipes

    >   Slender-footed Tyrannulet Zimmerius gracilipes

    >   Guianan Tyrannulet Zimmerius acer

Golden-faced Tyrannulet Zimmerius chrysops

    >   Choco Tyrannulet Zimmerius albigularis

    >   Golden-faced Tyrannulet Zimmerius chrysops

Warbling Antbird Hypocnemis cantator

    >   Guianan Warbling-Antbird Hypocnemis cantator

    >   Imeri Warbling-Antbird Hypocnemis flavescens

    >   Peruvian Warbling-Antbird Hypocnemis peruviana

    >   Yellow-breasted Warbling-Antbird Hypocnemis subflava

    >   Rondonia Warbling-Antbird Hypocnemis ochrogyna

    >   Spix's Warbling-Antbird Hypocnemis striata

Spot-winged Antbird Percnostola leucostigma

    >   Humaita Antbird Schistocichla humaythae

    >   Brownish-headed Antbird Schistocichla brunneiceps

    >   Rufous-faced Antbird Schistocichla rufifacies

    >   Spot-winged Antbird Schistocichla leucostigma

Tropical Boubou Laniarius aethiopicus

    >   Somali Boubou Laniarius erlangeri

    >   Tropical Boubou Laniarius aethiopicus

    >   Zanzibar Boubou Laniarius sublacteus

Lumps (new species listed first, then old ones)

Ring-necked Pheasant Phasianus colchicus

    >   Ring-necked Pheasant Phasianus colchicus

    >   Green Pheasant Phasianus versicolor

Green-winged Teal   Anas crecca

    >   Green-winged Teal   Anas carolinensis

Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis

    >   Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis

    >   Andean Duck Oxyura ferruginea

Black-faced Ibis Theristicus melanopis

    >   Andean Ibis Theristicus branickii

    >   Black-faced Ibis Theristicus melanopis

Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus

    >   Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus

    >   Plain-breasted Hawk Accipiter ventralis

    >   Rufous-thighed Hawk Accipiter erythronemius

Bicolored Hawk Accipiter bicolor

    >   Bicolored Hawk Accipiter bicolor

    >   Chilean Hawk Accipiter chilensis

Common Black-Hawk Buteogallus anthracinus

    >   Common Black-Hawk Buteogallus anthracinus

    >   Mangrove Black-Hawk Buteogallus subtilis

Variable Hawk Buteo polyosoma

    >   Red-backed Hawk Buteo polyosoma

    >   Puna Hawk Buteo poecilochrous

Black Rail Laterallus jamaicensis

    >   Junin Rail Laterallus tuerosi

    >   Black Rail Laterallus jamaicensis

Black-necked Stilt   Himantopus mexicanus

    >   Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus

    >   White-backed Stilt Himantopus melanurus

Herring Gull   Larus argentatus

    >   European Herring Gull Larus argentatus

    >   American Herring Gull Larus smithsonianus

    >   East Siberian Gull Larus vegae

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans

    >   Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans

    >   Steppe Gull Larus barabensis

Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus

    >   Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus

    >   Heuglin's Gull Larus heuglini

Grey-headed Dove Leptotila plumbeiceps

    >   Grey-headed Dove Leptotila plumbeiceps

    >   Brown-backed Dove Leptotila battyi

Green Parakeet Aratinga holochlora

    >   Green Parakeet Aratinga holochlora

    >   Socorro Parakeet Aratinga brevipes

    >   Red-throated Parakeet Aratinga rubritorquis

Mitred Parakeet Aratinga mitrata

    >   Mitred Parakeet Aratinga mitrata

    >   Chapman's Mitred Parakeet Aratinga alticola

Painted Parakeet Pyrrhura picta

    >   Azuero Parakeet Pyrrhura eisenmanni

    >   Todd's Parakeet Pyrrhura caeruleiceps

    >   Sinu Parakeet Pyrrhura subandina

    >   Painted Parakeet Pyrrhura picta

Rose-fronted Parakeet Pyrrhura roseifrons

    >   Red-crowned Parakeet Pyrrhura roseifrons

    >   Wavy-breasted Parakeet Pyrrhura peruviana

Santarem Parakeet Pyrrhura amazonum

    >   Hellmayr's Parakeet Pyrrhura amazonum

    >   Madeira Parakeet Pyrrhura snethlage

Monk Parakeet Myiopsitta monachus

    >   Monk Parakeet Myiopsitta monachus

    >   Cliff Parakeet Myiopsitta luchsi

Vermiculated Screech-Owl Megascops guatemalae

    >   Guatemalan Screech-Owl Megascops guatemalae

    >   Vermiculated Screech-Owl Megascops vermiculatus

    >   Roraima Screech-Owl Megascops roraimae

    >   Rio Napo Screech-Owl Megascops napensis

Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus

    >   Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus

    >   Magellanic Horned Owl Bubo magellanicus

Northern Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium gnoma

    >   Northern Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium californicum

    >   Mountain Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium gnoma

    >   Guatemalan Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium cobanense

    >   Cape Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium hoskinsii

Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium brasilianum

    >   Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium brasilianum

    >   Tucuman Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium tucumanum

Greater Antillean Nightjar Caprimulgus cubanensis

    >   Greater Antillean Nightjar Caprimulgus cubanensis

    >   Hispaniolan Nightjar Caprimulgus ekmani

Short-tailed Swift Chaetura brachyura

    >   Short-tailed Swift Chaetura brachyura

    >   Tumbes Swift Chaetura ocypetes

Streamertail Trochilus polytmus

    >   Red-billed Streamertail Trochilus polytmus

    >   Black-billed Streamertail Trochilus scitulus

Amazilia Hummingbird Amazilia amazilia

    >   Amazilia Hummingbird Amazilia amazilia

    >   Loja Hummingbird Amazilia alticola

Versicolored Emerald Amazilia versicolor

    >   Versicolored Emerald Agyrtria versicolor

    >   Rondonia Emerald Agyrtria rondoniae

Green-bellied Hummingbird Amazilia viridigaster

    >   Green-bellied Hummingbird Saucerottia viridigaster

    >   Copper-tailed Hummingbird Saucerottia cupreicauda

White-throated Mountain-gem Lampornis castaneoventris

    >   White-throated Mountain-gem Lampornis castaneoventris

    >   Grey-tailed Mountain-gem Lampornis cinereicauda

Andean Hillstar Oreotrochilus estella

    >   Andean Hillstar Oreotrochilus estella

    >   Green-headed Hillstar Oreotrochilus stolzmanni

Collared Inca Coeligena torquata

    >   Gould's Inca Coeligena inca

    >   Collared Inca Coeligena torquata

Golden-bellied Starfrontlet Coeligena bonapartei

    >   Golden Starfrontlet Coeligena eos

    >   Golden-bellied Starfrontlet Coeligena bonapartei

Amethyst-throated Sunangel Heliangelus amethysticollis

    >   Longuemare's Sunangel Heliangelus clarisse

    >   Amethyst-throated Sunangel Heliangelus amethysticollis

Sapphire-vented Puffleg Eriocnemis luciani

    >   Sapphire-vented Puffleg Eriocnemis luciani

    >   Coppery-naped Puffleg Eriocnemis sapphiropygia

Blue-crowned Motmot Momotus momota

    >   Blue-crowned Motmot Momotus momota

    >   Highland Motmot Momotus aequatorialis

Emerald Toucanet Aulacorhynchus prasinus

    >   Wagler's Toucanet Aulacorhynchus wagleri

    >   Emerald Toucanet Aulacorhynchus prasinus

    >   Blue-throated Toucanet Aulacorhynchus caeruleogularis

    >   Violet-throated Toucanet Aulacorhynchus cognatus

    >   Santa Marta Toucanet Aulacorhynchus lautus

    >   Andean Toucanet Aulacorhynchus albivitta

    >   Black-throated Toucanet Aulacorhynchus atrogularis

Golden-spangled Piculet Picumnus exilis

    >   Golden-spangled Piculet Picumnus exilis

    >   Black-spotted Piculet Picumnus nigropunctatus

Russet-throated Puffbird Hypnelus ruficollis

    >   Russet-throated Puffbird Hypnelus ruficollis

    >   Two-banded Puffbird Hypnelus bicinctus

Striped Manakin Machaeropterus regulus

    >   Western Striped Manakin Machaeropterus striolatus

    >   Eastern Striped Manakin Machaeropterus regulus

Green-backed Becard Pachyramphus viridis

    >   Green-backed Becard Pachyramphus viridis

    >   Yellow-cheeked Becard Pachyramphus xanthogenys

Paltry Tyrannulet Zimmerius vilissimus

    >   Paltry Tyrannulet Zimmerius vilissimus

    >   Venezuelan Tyrannulet Zimmerius improbus

Royal Flycatcher Onychorhynchus coronatus

    >   Northern Royal Flycatcher Onychorhynchus mexicanus

    >   Amazonian Royal Flycatcher Onychorhynchus coronatus

    >   Pacific Royal Flycatcher Onychorhynchus occidentalis

Whiskered Flycatcher Myiobius barbatus

    >   Whiskered Flycatcher Myiobius barbatus

    >   Yellow-rumped Flycatcher Myiobius mastacalis

White-winged Black-Tyrant Knipolegus aterrimus

    >   White-winged Black-Tyrant Knipolegus aterrimus

    >   Caatinga Black-Tyrant Knipolegus franciscanus

Crowned Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca frontalis

    >   Crowned Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca frontalis

    >   Peruvian Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca spodionota

Slaty-backed Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca cinnamomeiventris

    >   Slaty-backed Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca cinnamomeiventris

    >   Maroon-chested Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca thoracica

Northern Slaty-Antshrike Thamnophilus punctatus

    >   Northern Slaty-Antshrike Thamnophilus punctatus

    >   Maranon Slaty-Antshrike Thamnophilus leucogaster

Plumbeous Antvireo Dysithamnus plumbeus

    >   White-streaked Antvireo Dysithamnus leucostictus

    >   Plumbeous Antvireo Dysithamnus plumbeus

Black-faced Antthrush Formicarius analis

    >   Mexican Anthrush Formicarius monileger

    >   Black-faced Antthrush Formicarius analis

Creamy-breasted Canastero Asthenes dorbignyi

    >   Creamy-breasted Canastero Asthenes dorbignyi

    >   Dark-winged Canastero Asthenes arequipae

    >   Pale-tailed Canastero Asthenes huancavelicae

Necklaced Spinetail Synallaxis stictothorax

    >   Necklaced Spinetail Synallaxis stictothorax

    >   Chinchipe Spinetail Synallaxis chinchipensis

Plain-brown Woodcreeper Dendrocincla fuliginosa

    >   Plain-brown Woodcreeper Dendrocincla fuliginosa

    >   Thrush-like Woodcreeper Dendrocincla turdina

Red-billed Woodcreeper Hylexetastes perrotii

    >   Red-billed Woodcreeper Hylexetastes perrotii

    >   Uniform Woodcreeper Hylexetastes uniformis

    >   Brigida's Woodcreeper Hylexetastes brigidai

Strong-billed Woodcreeper Xiphocolaptes promeropirhynchus

    >   Strong-billed Woodcreeper Xiphocolaptes promeropirhynchus

    >   Carajas Woodcreeper Xiphocolaptes carajaensis

Ocellated Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus ocellatus

    >   Tschudi's Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus chunchotambo

    >   Ocellated Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus ocellatus

Elegant Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus elegans

    >   Elegant Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus elegans

    >   Jurua Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus juruanus

Buff-throated Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus guttatus

    >   Buff-throated Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus guttatus

    >   Lafresnaye's Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus guttatoides

House Wren Troglodytes aedon

    >   House Wren Troglodytes aedon

    >   Cobb's Wren Troglodytes cobbi

Le Conte's Thrasher Toxostoma lecontei

    >   Le Conte's Thrasher Toxostoma lecontei

    >   Vizcaino Thrasher Toxostoma arenicola

Slaty Thrush Turdus nigriceps

    >   Andean Slaty-Thrush Turdus nigriceps

    >   Eastern Slaty-Thrush Turdus subalaris

Spectacled Thrush Turdus nudigenis

    >   Bare-eyed Thrush Turdus nudigenis

    >   Ecuadorian Thrush Turdus maculirostris

Stonechat Saxicola torquatus

    >   European Stonechat Saxicola rubicola

    >   African Stonechat Saxicola torquatus

    >   Siberian Stonechat Saxicola maurus

Golden-bellied Warbler Basileuterus chrysogaster

    >   Golden-bellied Warbler Basileuterus chrysogaster

    >   Choco Warbler Basileuterus chlorophrys

Epaulet Oriole Icterus cayanensis

    >   Moriche Oriole Icterus chrysocephalus

    >   Epaulet Oriole Icterus cayanensis

Orchard Oriole Icterus spurius

    >   Orchard Oriole Icterus spurius

    >   Fuertes' Oriole Icterus fuertesi

Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis

    >   Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis

    >   Guadalupe Junco Junco insularis

Black-and-rufous Warbling-Finch Poospiza nigrorufa

    >   Black-and-rufous Warbling-Finch Poospiza nigrorufa

    >   Black-and-chestnut Warbling-Finch Poospiza whitii

Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus

    >   Socorro Towhee Pipilo socorroensis

    >   Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus

Black-capped Hemispingus Hemispingus atropileus

    >   Black-capped Hemispingus Hemispingus atropileus

    >   White-browed Hemispingus Hemispingus auricularis

Black-eared Hemispingus Hemispingus melanotis

    >   Piura Hemispingus Hemispingus piurae

    >   Black-eared Hemispingus Hemispingus melanotis