List of bird species described in the 2010s

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This page details the bird species described as new to science in the years 2010 to 2019:

Summary statistics[edit]

Number of species described per year[edit]

Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Number of new species described 5 3 7 28 5 3 1

Countries with high numbers of newly described species[edit]

The birds, year-by-year[edit]


  • Limestone leaf warbler, Phylloscopus calciatilis: Alström, P.; Davidson, P.; Duckworth, J.W.; Eames, J.C.; Le, T.T.; Nguyen, C.; Olsson, U.; Robson, C.; Timmins, R. (2010). "Description of a new species of Phylloscopus warbler from Vietnam and Laos". Ibis. 152 (1): 145–168. doi:10.1111/j.1474-919X.2009.00990.x. 
  • Fenwick's antpitta or Urrao antpitta, Grallaria fenwickorum: Barrera, L.F.; Bartels, A.; Fundación ProAves de Colombia (2010). "A new species of Antpitta (family Grallariidae) from the Colibrí del Sol Bird Reserve, Colombia". Conservación Colombiana. 13: 8–24. 
  • Socotra buzzard, Buteo socotraensis: Porter, R.F.; Kirwan, G.M. (2010). "Studies of Socotran birds VI. The taxonomic status of the Socotra Buzzard". Bull. Brit. Orn. Cl. 130 (2): 116–131. 
  • Willard's sooty boubou, Laniarius willardi: Voelker, G.; Outlaw, R.K.; Reddy, S.; Tobler, M.; Bates, J.M.; Hackett, S.J.; Kahindo, C.; Marks, B.D.; Kerbis Peterhans, J.C.; Gnoske, T.P. (2010). "A New Species of Boubou (Malaconotidae: Laniarius) from the Albertine Rift". Auk. 127 (3): 678–689. doi:10.1525/auk.2010.09014. 
  • Rock tapaculo, Scytalopus petrophilus: Whitney, B.M.; Vasconcelos, M.F.; Silveira, L.F.; Pacheco, J.F. (2010). "Scytalopus petrophilus (Rock Tapaculo): a new species from Minas Gerais, Brazil". Revista Brasileira de Ornitologia. 18 (2): 73–88. 


  • Tsingy wood rail, Canirallus beankaensis: Goodman, Raherilalao & Block (2011). "Patterns of morphological and genetic variation in the Mentocrex kioloides complex (Aves: Gruiformes: Rallidae) from Madagascar, with the description of a new species.". Zootaxa. 2776: 49–60. 
  • Bryan's shearwater, Puffinus bryani: Pyle, Peter; Welch; Andreanna J.; Fleischer; Robert C. (2011). "A New Species of Shearwater (Puffinus) Recorded from Midway Atoll, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands". The Condor. 113 (3): 518–527. doi:10.1525/cond.2011.100117. 
  • Várzea thrush, Turdus sanchezorum: O’Neill; John P.; Lane; Daniel F. ; Naka; Luciano N. (2011). "A cryptic new species of thrush (Turdidae: Turdus) from western Amazonia". The Condor. 113 (4): 869–880. doi:10.1525/cond.2011.100244. 


  • Alta Floresta antpitta, Hylopezus whittakeri: Carneiro; Lincoln Silva; Gonzaga, Luiz Pedreira; Rêgo, Péricles S.; Sampaio, Iracilda; Schneider, Horacio; Aleixo, Alexandre (2012). "Systematic Revision of the Spotted Antpitta (Grallariidae: Hylopezus macularius), with Description of a Cryptic New Species from Brazilian Amazonia". The Auk. 129 (2): 338–351. doi:10.1525/auk.2012.11157. 
  • Antioquia wren, Thryophilus sernai: Lara, C. E., A. M. Cuervo, S. V. Valderrama, D. Calderón-F. & C. D. Cadena. (2012). "A new species of wren (Troglodytidae: Thryophilus) from the dry Cauca River Canyon, northwestern Colombia". The Auk. 129 (3): 537–550. doi:10.1525/auk.2012.12028. 
  • Sira barbet, Capito fitzpatricki: Seeholzer, G.F.; B.M. Winger, M.G. Harvey & D. Cáceres A., J.D. Weckstein (2012). "A New Species Of Barbet (Capitonidae: Capito) From The Cerros Del Sira, Ucayali, Peru". The Auk. 129 (3): 551–559. doi:10.1525/auk.2012.11250. 
  • Bermuda towhee, Pipilo naufragus: Olson, S. L. & Wingate, D. B. (2012). "A new species of towhee (Aves: Emberizidae: Pipilo) from Quaternary deposits on Bermuda". Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington. 125 (1): 85–96. doi:10.2988/11-21.1. 
  • Cipó cinclodes, Cinclodes pabsti espinhacensis: Freitas, G. H. S.; Chaves, A. V.; Costa, L. M.; Santos, F. R.; Rodrigues, M. (2012). "A new species of Cinclodes from the Espinhaço Range, southeastern Brazil: insights into the biogeographical history of the South American highlands". Ibis. 154: 738–755. doi:10.1111/j.1474-919x.2012.01268.x. . Lumped with long-tailed cinclodes (Cinclodes pabsti) in 2013
  • Camiguin hawk-owl, Ninox leventisi:Rasmussen, P. C.; Allen, D. N. S.; Collar, N.; DeMeuleMeester, B; Hutchinson, R. O.; Jakosalem, P. G. C.; Kenny, R. S.; Lambert, F. R.; Paguntalan, L. M. (2012). "Vocal divergence and new species in the Philippine Hawk Owl Ninox philippensis complex". Forktail. 28: 1–20. . Split from Philippine hawk-owl.
  • Cebu hawk-owl, Ninox rumseyi:Rasmussen, P. C.; Allen, D. N. S.; Collar, N.; DeMeuleMeester, B; Hutchinson, R. O.; Jakosalem, P. G. C.; Kenny, R. S.; Lambert, F. R.; Paguntalan, L. M. (2012). "Vocal divergence and new species in the Philippine Hawk Owl Ninox philippensis complex". Forktail. 28: 1–20.  Split from Philippine hawk-owl.


  • Rinjani scops owl, Otus jolandae:George Sangster, Ben F. King, Philippe Verbelen and Colin R. Trainor (2013). "A New Owl Species of the Genus Otus (Aves: Strigidae) from Lombok, Indonesia". PLOS ONE. 8 (2): e53712. PMC 3572129Freely accessible. PMID 23418422. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0053712. 
  • Pincoya storm petrel, Oceanites pincoyae:Peter Harrison; Michel Sallaberry; Chris P Gaskin; Karen A Baird; Alvaro Jamarillo; Shirley Maria Metz; Mark Pearman; Michael O'Keeffe; Jim Dowdall; Seamus Enright; Kieran Fahy; Jeff Gilligan; Gerard Lillie (2013). "A new storm-petrel species from Chile". The Auk. 130 (1): 180–191. doi:10.1525/auk.2012.12071. 
  • Delta Amacuro softtail, Thripophaga amacurensis:Steven Leon Hilty, David Ascanio and Andrew W. Whittaker (2013). "A New Species of Softtail (Furnariidae: Thripophaga) from the Delta of the Orinoco River in Venezuela". The Condor. 115 (1): 143–154. doi:10.1525/cond.2012.110212. 
  • Bermuda flicker, Colaptes oceanicus:Storrs L. Olson (2013). "Fossil woodpeckers from Bermuda with the description of a new species of Colaptes (Aves: Picidae)". Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington. 126 (1): 17–24. doi:10.2988/0006-324X-126.1.17. 
  • Sao Miguel scops owl, Otus frutuosoi : Juan Carlos Rando; Josep Antoni Alcover; Storrs L. Olson; Harald Pieper. (2013). "A new species of extinct scops owl (Aves: Strigiformes: Strigidae: Otus) from São Miguel Island (Azores Archipelago, North Atlantic Ocean).". Zootaxa. 3647 (2): 343–357. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3647.2.6. 
  • Seram masked owl, Tyto almae:Knud Andreas Jønsson, Michael Køie Poulsen; Tri Haryoko; Andrew Hart Reeve; Pierre-Henri Fabre (2013). "A new species of masked-owl (Aves: Strigiformes: Tytonidae) from Seram, Indonesia". Zootaxa. 3635 (1): 51–61. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3635.1.5. 
  • Junin tapaculo, Scytalopus gettyae:Peter A. Hosner; Mark B. Robbins; Thomas Valqui & A. Townsend Peterson (2013). "A New Species of Scytalopus Tapaculo (Aves: Passeriformes: Rhinocryptidae) from the Andes of Central Peru". The Wilson Journal of Ornithology. 125 (2): 233–242. doi:10.1676/12-055.1. 
  • Cambodian tailorbird Orthotomus chaktomuk:Simon Mahood; Ashish John; Hong Chamnan & Colin Poole (2013). "A new species of lowland tailorbird (Passeriformes: Cisticolidae: Orthotomus) from the Mekong floodplain of Cambodia". Forktail. 29: 1–14. 
  • Tropeiro seedeater, Sporophila beltoni: Márcio Repenning & Carla Suertegaray Fontana. (2013). "A new species of gray seedeater (Emberizidae: Sporophila) from upland grasslands of southern Brazil.". The Auk. 130 (4): 791–803. doi:10.1525/auk.2013.12167. 

The following 15 Brazilian species are described in the 17th volume of the Handbook of the Birds of the World:


  • São Paulo marsh antwren Formicivora paludicola: Buzzetti, Belmonte-Lopes, Reinert, Silveira & Bornschein. "2013" (2014). "A new species of Formicivora Swainson, 1824 (Thamnophilidae) from the state of São Paulo, Brazil". Revista Brasileira de Ornitologia. 21 (4): 269–291. 

[the last isse of RBO 21, from "Dec 2013", was released only in March 2014]


  • Desert owl Strix hadorami: Guy M. Kirwan; Manuel Schweizer; José Luis Copete (2015). "Multiple lines of evidence confirm that Hume’s Owl Strix butleri (A. O. Hume, 1878) is two species, with description of an unnamed species (Aves: Non-Passeriformes: Strigidae)". Zootaxa. 3904 (1): 28–50. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3904.1.2. 
  • Perijá tapaculo Scytalopus perijanus: Avendaño, J.E., Cuervo, A.M., López-O., J.P., Gutiérrez-Pinto, N., Cortés-Diago, A. & Cadena, C.D. (2015). "A new species of tapaculo (Rhinocryptidae: Scytalopus) from the Serranía de Perijá of Colombia and Venezuela". The Auk. 132 (2): 450–466. doi:10.1642/AUK-14-166.1. 
  • Sichuan bush warbler Locustella chengi: Alström, P.; Xia, C.; Rasmussen, P.C.; Olsson, U.; Dai, B.; Zhao, J.; Leader, P.J.; Carey, G.J.; Dong. L., Cai; T., Holt; P.I., Manh; H.L., Song; G., Liu; Y., Zhang; Y. & Lei, F. (2015). "Integrative taxonomy of the Russet Bush Warbler Locustella mandelli complex reveals a new species from central China". Avian Research. 6 (9): 1–32. doi:10.1186/s40657-015-0016-z. 


  • Himalayan forest thrush Zoothera salimalii: Alström P.; Rasmussen P.C.; Chao Zhao; Jingzi Xu; Dalvi S.; Tianlong Cai; Yuyan Guan; Kalyakin M.V.; Fumin Lei; Olsson U. (2016). "Integrative taxonomy of the Plain-backed Thrush (Zoothera mollissima) complex (Aves, Turdidae) reveals cryptic species, including a new species.". Avian Research. 7 (1): 1–39. doi:10.1186/s40657-016-0037-2. 

Described in this period, no longer thought to be good species[edit]

  • Strix omanensis, described in 2013, is now thought to be identical with Strix butleri.