Nebraska Ornithologists' Union



Mark A. Brogie

Date of this Version



“2009 (21st) Report of the NOU Records Committee” from Nebraska Bird Review (December 2009) 77(4).


Copyright 2009 Nebraska Ornithologists’ Union. Used by permission.


The functions and methods of the Nebraska Ornithologists' Union (NOU) Records Committee are described in its bylaws (NOU Records Committee 1986). The committee's purpose is to provide a procedure for documenting unusual bird sightings and to establish a list of all documented birds for Nebraska. All records mentioned here are available to interested persons at the NOU archives at the University of Nebraska State Museum (UNSM), Lincoln, NE. Interested parties should contact the current NOU Librarian, whose address can be found in the latest issue of The Nebraska Bird Review (NBR).

The "Official List of the Birds of Nebraska'" was first published in 1988 (NOU Records Committee 1988) and has been updated three times (NOU Records Committee 1997, 2004, 2009). The "Official List" has been appended nineteen times: (Mollhoff 1989: Grenon 1990, 1991: Gubanyi I 996a, I 996b, 1996c: Brogie 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008. 2009: Jorgensen 2001, 2002, 2003). The American Ornithologists' Union Checklist of North American Birds, Seventh Edition ( 1998) and its following supplements: (AOU: 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009), contain many taxonomic changes affecting North American birds. The following summarizes all 2009 revisions by the AOU in regards to changes in scientific names and changes in assignments to family and order of species included in the most recently published '"Official List of the Birds of Nebraska: 2009" (NOU Records Committee 2009). This report includes all accounts submitted during the 2009 calendar year, covering 48 records with accession numbers 1271–1318.