British Ornithologists' Union British List (Categories A, B, C)

This is a copy of the British Ornithologists’ Union British List. It is the official list of birds of Great Britain and is the work of the BOU Records Committee. It contains the common and scientific names of species that have been recorded in Britain (En

This is a dynamic, maintained version of the British List. It is based upon a version of the list containing a full taxonomic hierarchy and naming authorities (verified by Steve Dudley, 2005). This version is maintained (to comply with BOU updates).

This list contains 577 species

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Checklist information
ID number:
NHMSYS0000528629
Authority:
British Ornithologists' Union
Version:
1
Last updated:
14 July 2008 
Glossary
Synonym:
are different scientific names that pertain to the same taxon, for example two names for the same species. One basic principle of zoological nomenclature is that the earliest correctly published and available name (the senior synonym) takes precedence and must be used for the taxon, if no other restrictions interfere.
Common name:
A common name of an organism (also known as a vernacular name, colloquial name, trivial name, trivial epithet, country name, or farmer's name) is a name in general use within a community; it is often contrasted with a scientific name.
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