Master list of birds at the Delta: 2.0 version
This publication is the second edition of the Master List of Birds on the Ebro delta, which began in 2012. This new edition includes some new points of a diverse nature, such as to highlight certain typing errors, incorporate new taxonomic data, modify the status and abundance of some birds, and finally to incorporate taxonomic proposals and nomenclatures formed over recent years.
A master list is a catalogue of all taxonomic information, in this case of birds, which are registered in a specific geographical area. The purpose of master lists is to make a reference catalogue of the taxonomic group in question, which means that it is not just a simple uncritical compilation indexed in various ways (whether published documents or not, naturalized examples from collections, sound recordings, photographs etc.), because to be able to make a reference catalogue all quotations must be scrutinized, especially those referring to rare or accidental species.
They are often widely used as lists of reference (or checklists) by amateur naturalists visiting an area. This use which could be considered purely anecdotic has positive implications for tourism, especially ornithological. In fact, the availability of a high quality master list is one of the most appreciated elements for promoting ornithological tourist destinations. However, these lists are also used for scientific knowledge, giving useful information for understanding and analysing biodiversity in a geographical area, as well as measuring biological changes in weather. Finally, they are of scientific interest as reference for administrating protected areas and for making legislations in the conservation of biodiversity.
The Master List of Birds at the Ebro Delta was promoted by the Ebro Delta Nature Park with backing from the Terres de l’Ebre Tourist Board. All successive updates will be published in the nature park’s official web page (parcsnaturals.gencat.cat/birdwatchingnews/ca/delta-ebre/), to ensure that it reaches more of the ornithological community. This organization will honour their commitment to make this Master List useful and dynamic to give knowledge of the birds in this important natural area. This publication falls within the work plan of the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism, an award which the natural park received in 2007, and one of whose main objectives is to promote the Ebro delta as a destination for ornithological tourism.