Recent BOURC decisions: Mugimaki Flycatcher and Chinese Pond Heron

Published on 09 June 2017 in Main articles

By Christopher McInerny and Andy Stoddart

Abstract British records of Mugimaki Flycatcher Ficedula mugimaki and Chinese Pond Heron Ardeola bacchus have presented BOURC with particular issues regarding provenance. This paper sets out the circumstances surrounding each claim, outlines the concerns that arose during the review, and in each case explains the process that led to the decision on categorisation. In particular, occurrences prior to the imposition of the 2005 EU-wide ban on the importation of wild birds from China and elsewhere have greatly affected the assessment of both species.

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First-calendar-year male Mugimaki Flycatcher Ficedula mugimaki at Stone Creek, Yorkshire, 16th–17th November 1991. Graham Speight