Sunday, July 19, 2020

14.9.0 - IOC 10.2 taxonomy and a few small fixes

Scythebill 14.9.0 is now available, with the IOC 10.2 taxonomy and a few small fixes.  As always, download here, and let me know if you have any problems, either on Facebook or by email.

Reptiles of the World

It was released a few weeks ago, not as part of this release, but in case you missed it:  you can download an extended taxonomy with all the reptiles of the world, courtesy of Peter Uetz and others at, with thanks to Abdel Bizid for converting into a format ready for Scythebill.  Thanks all!

IOC 10.2

The just-released IOC 10.2 taxonomy is supported, with the usual batch of splits and a handful of lumps, as well as a lot of detailed nitty-gritty taxonomic changes.  For North Americans, the lump of Northwestern Crow is the headline change;  in Europe, the split of Western and Eastern Subalpine Warblers.  (If anyone has solid data on the vagrancy and wintering grounds of these two species, let me know - there's a decent bit of guesswork in my checklists here.)  Borneo has a few new bulbul endemics as well.  There was also a lot of subspecies shuffling in the Hair-crested Drongo complex, especially in the Philippines.

Also, if I should happen to have any Croatian users, IOC now includes a Croatian translation!

For the rest of the details, see the IOC species update page, and remember that you can always visit the Splits and Lumps special report to see what happened with your list.

Small changes and bug fixes

  • In Enter sightings, the species information table is now below the species list instead of above it.  This makes it easier to see species range information when choosing species.
  • Importing from eBird with the "English (BOU)" name preferences selected had issues with some names containing the "Grey" spelling.  This is resolved.
  • With the IOC BOU English names, the auto-complete dropdown menu had some weird display issues with subspecies names.
  • The "Oriental region" list did not include sightings that were in Asian Indonesia but not in one of the built-in states.
  • Exporting in Scythebill CSV format sometimes included unwanted records when using the "Never" report option.