Bulletin final print issue

BOC Bulletin Vol. 136, No. 4 (December 2016) is now available. This is the last issue that will appear in printed format. Future issues, beginning with the March 2017 one, will retain the same layout and will be posted online as an open access online-only publication, available for free download to everyone. Bull. B.O.C. 136(4) contains nine papers of wide interest, ranging from Notes on the avifauna of the northern Serranía de Pirre, Panama by Jack P. Hruska, Sarah A. Dzielski, Benjamin M. Van Doren & Justin M. Hite to First record of Lapland Longspur Calcarius lapponicus in the Caribbean by Orestes Martínez, Lazaro Cotayo, Arturo Kirkconnell & James W. Wiley, plus the Index to Volume 136 (2016). A full list of the papers published in each volume since 1993 can be viewed at the BOC Bulletin Index page.

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Further records and updates of range expansion in House Crow

A paper in Bull. B.O.C. 2016 136(1) by Colin Ryall reviews the continuing spread of House Crow Corvus splendens across the globe, as well as changes in the status of existing populations. Summary—House Crow Corvus splendens continues its ship-assisted global invasion, reaching locations further from its native range in the Indian Subcontinent. This report reviews the species’ recent spread as well as changes in the status of existing introduced populations where information is available. With the collapse of long-standing eradication programmes in Kenya and Tanzania, and a spread to inland sites in both countries, it is inevitable that House Crows will colonise the heart of Africa. In South and East Asia too, the species is spreading unobstructed through the region. Nevertheless, there is now a growing recognition of the threats of invasive […]

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British Birds—new monthly newsletter

Many members of the British Ornithologists’ Club will already be subscribers to British Birds or may have taken up trial offers available recently. Whether you subscribe or not, however, you may like to receive their free e-newsletter every month. This offers a flavour of what has been published recently and what is in the pipeline in areas such as book of the month, news and comment, the rarities section and further special offers. This is a new initiative from one of Britain’s leading birding publication. It covers the UK and Western Palearctic and has been the birdwatchers’ journal of record since 1907. It is read and recommended by many amateur and professional ornithologists, writers and photographers with Simon King stating that ‘British Birds is the gold standard of ornithological literature […]

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Large-scale live capture of Passenger Pigeons for sporting purposes

A paper in Bull. B.O.C. 2015 135(2) by Julian P. Hume details overlooked illustrated documentation of large-scale live capture of Passenger Pigeons for sporting purposes. Summary—More has been written concerning the extinction of Passenger Pigeon Ectopistes migratorius than any other extinct bird; the effects of trapping live birds for the shooting industry in the latter half of the 19th century is also seemingly well known. Here I present overlooked accounts and illustrations that appeared in contemporaneous newspapers describing the techniques used to capture live birds based on the experience of a professional pigeon trapper, and the subsequent fate of captured birds in shooting contests. Dowload the free PDF to read the full paper. View the full table of contents of Bull. B.O.C. 2015 135.  

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