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Differences in taxonomy between Ridgely and Greenfield's Birds of Ecuador and eBird/Clements

Fifteen years have passed since this landmark work was published, and there have been major changes in the understanding of avian taxonomy since. Birders unfamiliar with the recent updates can end up confused and frustrated at all the differences in the English names. This list gives all the names used in the field guide along with the different names used in the current version of eBird. In the case of splits, you will have to know where you saw the bird and refer to the geographical notes in order to determine which eBird species (or group) that you saw. If you are trying to enter a species into eBird in Ecuador, and your species is not on the list, chances are it is due to a name change, and you should be able to find it on this list.

Compiled by Nick Athanas and Scott Olmstead, based on eBird/Clements version 2016.
Updated 12 November 2016. Feel free to email Nick ( or Scott ( for questions or suggestions.
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