[Tweeters] Strange happenings on eBird

Matt Dufort matt.dufort at gmail.com
Tue Aug 14 12:25:20 PDT 2018

Hank and others,

Exactly as Stephen said - eBird is updating their taxonomy. One of the
changes involves splitting Mexican Duck from Mallard. The process for
implementing that split involves a couple of steps, during which checklists
and lists can look odd. That weirdness should be resolved within a few

There are some sparse details, including a comment on the Mallard changes,
https://ebird.org/news/annual-ebird-taxonomy-update-coming. From that
page: “You may see some of your species records become subspecies groups
for a little while before changing back to species. Please do not edit
these records if possible. Most people are likely to notice this at least
with Mallard Anas platyrhynchos being shown as a subspecies group called
Mallard (Northern) Anas playtyrhynchos platyrhynchos/conabschas before
changing back to Mallard Anas platyrhynchos when our taxonomy update goes

Hope that’s helpful!

Matt Dufort

On Tue, Aug 14, 2018 at 11:12 Stephen <schasecredo at gmail.com> wrote:

> Likely eBird is updating taxonomies based on the latest AOU update.

> They'll be in flux for a few days but will auto-correct.

> Stephen




> > On Aug 14, 2018, at 11:07 AM, Hank H <h.heiberg at yahoo.com> wrote:

> >

> > This morning I looked at my list of birds for the month and Mallard was

> not on the list. So clearly something was wrong. So I looked at a

> checklist that I knew should have Mallard and found Mallard/Mexican Duck

> instead. Okay, maybe I goofed up. So then I looked at another checklist,

> Juanita Bay Park, and found the same thing. Sorry, but I don't think that

> I made the same error twice. On top of that eBird sorted the possible

> species based on 97 Juanita Bay checklists. Mallard is in the never

> reported category. It appears that something is seriously wrong. I would

> appreciate feedback on this. Are others seeing the same thing? Has eBird

> been hacked?

> >

> > Hank Heiberg

> > Issaquah, WA

> >

> > Sent from my iPad

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