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Updates to the Checklist of Birds in Sichuan Province
Author of the article:QUE Pinjia1, 2, 3, 4, ZHU Lei4, ZHANG Jun5, WANG Jin4, LI Zhaocheng6, SHEN You4, RAN Jianghong7*
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Key Words:new record; bird diversity; taxonomy; distribution; bay-backed shrike; birding
Abstract:Updating the regional checklist of bird based on the latest taxonomy system and research results is important for species conservation and management. Based on ‘A Manual to Identify Sichuan Birds’, we collected and reviewed the bird records of Sichuan Province in the last two decades, and the checklist of bird in Sichuan was revised and updated referring to ‘A Checklist on the Classification and Distribution of the Birds of China (Third Edition)’. At present, 757 bird species have been recorded in Sichuan, and a total of 135 bird species (including 23 species which were promoted from subspecies to species, 5 new species and 107 new distribution records for Sichuan) were added. In addition, 6 species of birds list in the ‘A Manual to Identify Sichuan Birds’ should be removed from the Sichuan Bird List due to errors in specimen identification or administrative region adjustment. There were 19 other bird records that been reported in the literature, but were not included in the list due to too suspicious or insufficient evidence. A big proportion of the new distribution records were long-distance migratory birds, especially waterbirds. At the same time, most of the new distribution records were discovered by the birdwatchers. More and more new bird records will be discovered along with the advancement of avian research and popularizing of birdwatching. 
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