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“English and Scientific Alpha Code for the Birds of Nebraska” from Nebraska Bird Review (June 2010) 78(2).


Copyright 2010 Nebraska Ornithologists’ Union. Used by permission.


Alpha codes, abbreviations of common or scientific bird names, have long been used by ornithologists. The U.S. Bird Banding Laboratory's employment of alpha codes has become an integral part of large ornithological programs across the United States and Canada. Rather than using the full English or scientific name of a bird species, alpha codes allow quicker data entry and can also help to cross-reference other data.

The content of this article is a list of alpha codes, current through the American Ornithologists' Union Checklist of North American Birds, Seventh Edition (1998), its following supplements (AOU: 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), and the most recent published "Official List of the Birds of Nebraska: 2009" (NOU Records Committee 2009).