Nebraska Ornithologists' Union


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1997 (9th) Report of the NOU Records Committee in Nebraska Bird Review (December 1998) 66(4).


Copyright 1998, Nebraska Ornithologists' Union. Used by permission.


The functions and methods of the 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. THE OFFICIAL LIST OF THE BIRDS OF NEBRASKA was first published in 1988 (NOU Records Committee 1988) and has been appended seven times (Mollhoff 1989, Grenon 1990, 1991, Gubanyi 1996a, 1996b, 1996c, Brogie 1997). An update of THE OFFICIAL LIST OF THE BIRDS OF NEBRASKA was last published in 1997 (NOU Records Committee 1997).

This report includes all accounts submitted during the calendar year of 1997 covering 146 records with accession numbers 615-760, along with several previous records that had remained unfinished until 1997 (Accession#'s 361, 363, & 367). All records mentioned here will be available to interested persons at the NOU archives at the University of Nebraska State Museum, Lincoln, NE. Interested parties should contact the current NOU Librarian, whose address can be found in the latest issue of The Nebraska Bird Review.

State List

The Forty-first supplement to the American Ornithologists' Union (AOU, 1997) contains many taxonomic changes affecting North American birds. The following summarizes all revisions by the AOU regarding changes in scientific names and in assignments to family and order of species in the most recent published "OFFICIAL LIST OF THE BIRDS OF NEBRASKA" (NBR 65: 3-16). It does not include changes in species sequence, as these will be made on the next published Official Checklist of Nebraska Birds.

With this report, the following changes are made to "THE OFFICIAL LIST OF THE BIRDS OF NEBRASKA".