Nebraska Ornithologists' Union


Date of this Version



Brogie, "2003 (15th) Report of the NOU Records Committee," from Nebraska Bird Review (June 2004) 72(2).


Copyright 2004, 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 an update was published in 1997 (NOU Records Committee 1997).

The "Official List" has been appended thirteen times: (Mollhoff 1989, Grenon 1990, 1991, Gubanyi 1996a, 1996b, 1996c, Brogie 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, Jorgensen 2001, 2002, 2003). This report includes all accounts submitted during the calendar year of 2003, covering 36 records with accession numbers 1049-1084. 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 A.O.U. Checklist of North American Birds, Seventh Edition (1998) and the Forty-first, Forty-second, Forty-third, and Forty-fourth Supplement to the American Ornithologists' Union (AOU, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003) contain many taxonomic changes affecting North American birds. The following summarizes all revisions by the AOU in regards to changes in scientific names, and changes in assignments to family and order of species to the most recently 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 List".

With this report, the following changes are made to "The Official List of the Birds of Nebraska".