The Howard and Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World: future plans
Some purchasers of the 4th edition of the checklist, which was published in printed form in 2013 (volume 1 on Non-Passerines) and 2014 (volume 2 on Passerines) have told us they want it to be available to others by making it available ’on-line’. In so far as the checklist itself is concerned this is now available on this website.
The Open Access free offering presents the checklist pages (Non-Passerines pp. 1–385, Passerines pp. 1–629) looking very like those in the published volumes (but potentially differing in length); the footnotes to these pages will be displayed.
This is all that the Trust can afford to provide free of charge. A "subscription opportunity" will exist allowing access to the information listed below. There are expected to be two ways to subscribe. One will be by making a charitable donation (where UK citizens can help the Trust further by completing a Gift Aid certificate); a minimum donation of £10 (or US$10 or €10) is suggested for individuals who for that will get three years access; the benefits of larger donations will be set out when this website module is in place, as will suggestions for institutions with one offer for staff only and a second allowing Read Only access by the student body.
The information to be made available soon will comprise the following downloadable PDFs (all of which remain under the copyright of Aves Press Limited):
a) From H&M 4 volume 1:
- Preface and Introduction pp. xi–xx
- Avian higher-level relationships and classification by Joel Cracraft pp. xxi–xliii [Non-Passerines]
- Table of contents and statistics pp. xlv–xlvi
- Making full use of the list as presented pp. xli–l
- Appendix 1. Nomenclature of the higher classification ranks of birds by Richard Schodde pp.387–390
- Appendix 2. Matters of nomenclature and taxonomy pp. 391–401
- Appendix 3. English Names by D.R. Wells, R.J. Dowsett and L. Svensson pp 403–404
- Appendix 4. Variable species-group names and their gender endings by Normand David and Michel Gosselin pp. 405–408
- Index to scientific names [for volume 1 in print, pp. 409–451]
- Index to English names [for volume 1 in print, pp. 453–461]
- List of references Vol. 1 (2,877 listed but note that in the on-line edition these references are not very useful as the link numbers no longer work)
- Appendix 5. ICZN Directions and Opinions (Ornithology) up to 2012. 14 pp.
- Appendix 6. Gazetteer (place names used in this work) 75 pp.
- Appendix 7. Selected maps (seven of them)
- Appendix 8. Changes in the spelling of scientific names Vol. 1 by Normand David and Edward Dickinson. 12 pp.
- Appendix 9. Dates of publication (links to Priority! The dating of scientific names in ornithology) by Edward C. Dickinson. 3 pp. + a 12 pp. table.
b) From H&M 4 volume 2:
- Preface and Introduction pp. v–xv
- Avian higher-level relationships and classification by Joel Cracraft pp. xvii–xlv [Passerines]
- Table of contents and statistics pp. xlvii–xlix
- Making full use of the list as presented pp. li–lii
- Appendix 2. Notes on taxonomy and nomenclature pp. 635–646
- Appendix 3. Common names in English pp. 647–648
- Errata and Corrigenda to Volume 1 pp. 653–659
- Index to scientific names [for volume 2 in print, pp. 661–736]
- Index to English names [for volume 2 in print, pp. 737–752]
- List of references Vol. 2 (3,045 listed but note that in the on-line edition these references are not very useful as the link numbers no longer work)
- Extinct species. By Tommy Tyrberg and Edward C. Dickinson. 5 pp.
- Appendix 8. Changes in spellings of scientific names Vol. 2 by Normand David and Edward Dickinson. 12 15 pp.
- Dates of publication (links to Priority! The dating of scientific names in ornithology) by Edward C. Dickinson. NB Substantially enlarged and changed from Vol.1: 1 p. + a 37 pp. "Table LXVI Annotated review of date changes" and a further 28 pages of notes relating particular changes in that table (including its own list of references)
When available these will be in a following page with a log-in for subscribers at the top. There will be a separate page to join as a Subscriber.
It is envisaged that a combined index of the two volumes will be needed. This will require considerable work to make it really useful and it will be made available only when ready; in the meantime the search function will help greatly.