The list of protected bird species under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) has been updated and revised to reflect current protection status. Species on the list are governed under migratory bird hunting and permitting regulations that affect the possession, transportation, sale, purchase, exportation, and importation of protected species. Reasons for changes to the list include a need to add species based on new taxonomy and new evidence of occurrence in the US or its territories, to remove species no longer known to occur within the US, and to change species’ names to conform to revisions to bird taxa of North America, published by the American Ornithologists’ Union. This resulted in a net addition of 19 species, bringing the total number of listed species to 1,026.
(Editor’s Note: This change includes a lengthy listing of species, many common across the US, who’s scientific and/or common names have been changed. Avian rehabilitators may wish to refer to this list frequently to ensure they are using the correct species names.)