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List of bird species described in the 2010s

See also parent article Bird species new to science

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

Summary statistics

Number of species described per year

Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Number of new species described 5 3 7 28 5 3 5 8 6 5

Countries with high numbers of newly described species

The birds, year-by-year


  • 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. Club. 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. S2CID 15031325.
  • 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.




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: Dante Renato Corrêa Buzzetti; Ricardo Belmonte Lopes; Bianca Luiza Reinert; Luíz Fábio Silveira; Marcos Ricardo Bornschein (December 2013). "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 issue of RBO 21, from "Dec 2013", was released only in March 2014]




  • Tatama tapaculo Scytalopus alvarezlopezi: Stiles, F. Gary; Laverde-R., Oscar; Cadena, Carlos Daniel (2017). "A new species of tapaculo (Rhinocryptidae: Scytalopus) from the Western Andes of Colombia". The Auk. 134 (2): 377–392. doi:10.1642/AUK-16-205.1.
  • Ashambu blue robin Sholicola ashambuensis: Robin, V., Vishnudas, C.K., Gupta, P. et al. Two new genera of songbirds represent endemic radiations from the Shola Sky Islands of the Western Ghats, India. BMC Evol Biol 17, 31 (2017) doi:10.1186/s12862-017-0882-6
  • Blue-winged amazon Amazona gomezgarzai: Silva, Tony; Guzmán, Antonio; Urantówka, Adam D.; Mackiewicz, Paweł (2017). "A new parrot taxon from the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico—its position within genus Amazona based on morphology and molecular phylogeny". PeerJ. 5: e3475. doi:10.7717/peerj.3475
  • Painted manakin Machaeropterus eckelberryi: Daniel F. Lane, Andrew W. Kratter, John P. O'Neill. A new species of manakin (Aves: Pipridae; Machaeropterus) from Peru with a taxonomic reassessment of the Striped Manakin (M. regulus) complex . Zootaxa, 2017; 4320 (2): 379 DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4320.2.11
  • Dry-forest sabrewing Campylopterus calcirupicola: Lopes, Leonardo; Ferreira de Vasconcelos, Marcelo; Gonzaga, Luiz (2017-05-15). "A cryptic new species of hummingbird of the Campylopterus largipennis complex (Aves: Trochilidae)". Zootaxa. 4268: 1–33. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4268.1.1
  • Greater Azores bullfinch Pyrrhula crassa: J. C. Rando, H. Pieper, Storrs L. Olson, F. Pereira and J. A. Alcover. 2017. A New Extinct Species of Large Bullfinch (Aves: Fringillidae: Pyrrhula) from Graciosa Island (Azores, North Atlantic Ocean). Zootaxa. 4282(3); 567–583.  DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4282.3.9
  • Rote myzomela Myzomela irianawidodoae: Dewi Malia Prawiradilaga, Pratibha Baveja, Suparno, Hidayat Ashari, Nathaniel Sheng Rong Ng, Chyi Yin Gwee, Philippe Verbelen and Frank Erwin Rheindt (2017). A colorful new species of Myzomela Honeyeater from Rote Island in Eastern Indonesia. Treubia. Number: 44. Pages: 77-100. December.
  • Santa Marta screech owl Megascops gilesi: Krabbe, N. K. (2017). "A new species of Megascops (Strigidae) from the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia, with notes on voices of New World screech-owls". Ornitología Colombiana. 16: 1–27.


  • Cordillera Azul antbird Myrmoderus eowilsoni: Andre E. Moncrieff, Oscar Johnson, Daniel F. Lane, Josh R. Beck, Fernando Angulo and Jesse Fagan. 2018. A New Species of Antbird (Passeriformes: Thamnophilidae) from the Cordillera Azul, San Martín, Peru [Una nueva especie de hormiguero (Passeriformes: Thamnophilidae) de la Cordillera Azul, San Martín, Perú]. The Auk. 135(1); 114–126. DOI: 10.1642/AUK-17-97.1
  • Whenua Hou diving petrel Pelecanoides whenuahouensis: Fischer, Johannes H.; Debski, Igor; Miskelly, Colin M.; Bost, Charles A.; Fromant, Aymeric; Tennyson, Alan J. D.; Tessler, Jake; Cole, Rosalind; Hiscock, Johanna H. (2018-06-27). "Analyses of phenotypic differentiations among South Georgian Diving Petrel (Pelecanoides georgicus) populations reveal an undescribed and highly endangered species from New Zealand". PLOS ONE. 13 (6): e0197766. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0197766 ISSN 1932-6203
  • Western square-tailed drongo Dicrurus occidentalis: Fuchs, Jérôme; DOUNO, MORY; Bowie, Rauri; Fjeldså, Jon (2018-06-20). "Taxonomic revision of the Square-tailed Drongo species complex (Passeriformes: Dicruridae) with description of a new species from western Africa". Zootaxa. 4438: 105. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4438.1.4
  • Southern dark newtonia Newtonia lavarambo: Younger, Jane & Strozier, Lynika & Maddox, J. Dylan & Nyári, Árpád & Bonfitto, Matthew & Raherilalao, Marie Jeanne & Goodman, Steven & Reddy, Sushma. (2018). Hidden diversity of forest birds in Madagascar revealed using integrative taxonomy. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 124. [[doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2018.02.017|doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2018.02.017]].
  • Blue-throated hillstar Oreotrochilus cyanolaemus: Francisco Sornoza-Molina, Juan F. Freile, Jonas Nilsson, Niels Krabbe and Elisa Bonaccorso. 2018. A Striking, Critically Endangered, New Species of Hillstar (Trochilidae: Oreotrochilus) from the southwestern Andes of Ecuador [Una sorprendente y críticamente amenazada especie nueva de estrella (Trochilidae: Oreotrochilus) de los Andes suroccidentales de Ecuador]. The Auk. 135(4);1146-1171. doi:10.1642/AUK-18-58.1
  • Rote leaf warbler Phylloscopus rotiensis: Ng, Nathaniel. S. R.; Prawiradilaga, Dewi. M.; Ng, Elize. Y. X.; Suparno; Ashari, Hidayat; Trainor, Colin; Verbelen, Philippe; Rheindt, Frank. E. (2018-10-23). "A striking new species of leaf warbler from the Lesser Sundas as uncovered through morphology and genomics". Scientific Reports. 8 (1). doi:10.1038/s41598-018-34101-7. ISSN 2045-2322.


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

  • Strix omanensis, described in 2013, is now thought to be identical with Strix butleri.
  • Amazona gomezgarzai, described in 2017, now thought to represent specimens of hybrid origin

Described in this period as a species but may instead be a subspecies

  • Sholicola ashambuensis, described in 2017, tentatively considered a subspecies of S. albiventris by the Clements Checklist.
  • Newtonia lavarambo, described in 2018, tentatively considered a subspecies of N. amphicroa by the Clements Checklist.


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