Bill Pranty

Unido: 05.jul.2020 Última actividad: 21.may.2024 iNaturalist Patrocinador mensual desde agosto 2022

Revised 19 May 2024

Hola!

I am a recent transplant to iNaturalist from eBird, which I now abhor (more on that below). I was interested in birds by age 8 and my fascination with them has increased with time. Moving to Florida from my native Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in January 1978 really sealed the deal, since the diversity of birds in Florida is astonishing. Being uncomfortable with simply claiming that I saw something, I purchased my first camera in 1981 and have gone through 16 camera setups since then. Currently, I'm using a Panasonic Lumix FZ80 (my sixth over the past eight years [they aren't built for the use I subject them to!]), which is lightweight, has exceptional zoom capabilities (60x!), and captures 4K video. I consider my Lumix to be as indispensable as my binocular and spotting scope.

I have seen the largest number of non-captive birds in Florida (544 species) and have photographed the largest number (522 species); I'm always hoping to photograph some of those as-yet-not-photographed species (King Rail is my most embarrassing miss), as well as adding "new" birds to my life list.

In previous decades, I worked as an Avian Research Assistant on several bird studies in Florida, such as Hairy Woodpeckers and Florida Scrub-Jays for Archbold Biological Station; "Florida" Grasshopper Sparrows and Painted Buntings for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; a grassland bird study for the University of Florida; and pesticide studies on birds inhabiting citrus groves on Merritt Island and golf courses in Tallahassee for the Mobay Corporation. I have helped with Red-cockaded Woodpecker studies, and sparrow banding projects in upland grasslands in Weekiwachee Preserve (Hernando County) and in salt marshes at Shell Key Preserve (Pinellas County). I coordinated two multi-year statewide bird projects for an environmental organization that does not deserve mention by name here. I have participated in Christmas Bird Counts (CBCs) annually since 1976, for totals of 238 CBCs as a participant, 104 as a complier or co-compiler, and 1,550+ as the statewide editor.

I bird/iNat as much as I can, formerly with my now ex-gf and now mostly alone or with Don Fraser. Surprisingly, in the past 3 years, I have become enamored with selected non-bird taxa, primarily moths (181 RGed species in Florida), butterflies (127 species, including 52 skippers, which I have learned to appreciate, even if most still confuse the hell out of me), wasps (51 species), grasshoppers (32 species), robber flies (20 species), and tiger beetles (8 species). I like plants that are "obvious" (e.g., have large or bright flowers, or are showy, etc.), but I ignore most grasses, sedges, and related species. I am extremely grateful to those who have identified my non-avian species. I specifically call out my most-frequent identifiers: Mikie Green (@coolcrittersyt) and Brandon Woo (@brandonwoo) for bugs, Ed Perry (@seaheart88) for skippers, Paul Dennehy (@paul_dennehy) for moths, @stevecollins for Robber Flies, @borisb for Blister Beetles @kevinwilliams for Velvet Ants, and Jay Horn (@jayhorn) and Tom (@tadenham) for plants.

My "Verifiable Birds of Florida" Facebook photo album featuring the 522 non-captive birds that I have photographed in the state is here:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=bill.pranty&set=a.1898162333552992

In Dec 2021, eBird's leaders began waging a STUPID, anti-science, discriminatory, asinine, and self-defeating war on exotic birds, which forced me to abandon the project. Before I left eBird, I had amassed more than 10,700 checklists and had uploaded more than 32,000 media files of Florida birds. But I believe in science over advocacy, intelligence over idiocy, common sense over nonsense, and the proper documentation of all non-captive birds, not just those deemed important by eBird's misleaders.

Over the past 22 months, I have reviewed more than 70,000 Florida birds on iNat. I'm hoping that I am 99.5% accurate in my IDs. Other than an occasional dumb-ass mistake, I sometimes overreach on my IDs, especially if the image is pretty bad, or if I overshoot my skills with distant scaup, yellowlegs, large white-headed gulls, or Sterna terns. If you disagree with an ID that I have made, please let me know. Because of the volume of Florida bird records that I review, I usually do not list a reason for my choice. But again, feel free to ask. (By the way, @brennafarrell taught me about the "maverick list," which tallies each record you were out-voted at least 3:1. To my surprise, I had dozens of records, almost all of which I have cleaned up).

To those of you who are following me -- Thank you! It is very humbling.

I am so enamored with iNat and its peer-reviewed Research Grading (RG) system that I do not consider non-RGed species to be of any value. My first iNat goal was to attain 1,000 RG species. I reached this target on 19 Jul 2022; a False Turkey-Tail (a shelf fungus) in Withlacoochee State Forest, Hernando County reviewed by @andrey_loria. My second goal was to reach 5,000 records, which I reached when @tadenham confirmed my identification of a Virginia Creeper at Forest Capital Museum State Park in Taylor County on 24 Nov 2022. My third goal, of reaching 2,000 RG species, was attained sometime in late Dec 2023 (I was iNatting so feverishly that I don't know which record put me over the top).

I have not set any more goals other than to enter as many of my photographs and audio recordings into iNat before I'm no longer around. As of today (19 May 2024), I am at 15,303 RGed observations of 2,201 species in Florida. I have also identified 73,363 Florida bird observations, and 75,318 observations overall. (But I am getting burned out by the massive number of poor-quality cell-phone images of birds dozens of feet away). I have a backlog of more than 60,000 digital images as far as 2006 that I have yet to upload into iNat -- yeah, like that's gonna happen.

Coming from an avian background, where 98% of the world's 11,000+ bird species can be identified from a single, in-focus head-shot, I am frustrated that other taxa cannot be identified in the field despite several high-quality images. I am disappointed that most of my observations of the following taxa get zero identifications, even months after uploading: (I have learned to "tag" experts, and I have gotten some good results as a result). Currently my non-RGed total is 2,056 records :(

Mushrooms
Cactus
Spiders (beyond the easy ones)
Moths
Fiddler and Mud Crabs
Skinks

As for Florida birds on iNat, two taxa in particular cause perpetual ID issues. I'll discuss each here and offer what I hope is helpful advice.

1) MUDDLED DUCKS. Mottled Ducks once were a widespread permanent, breeding resident over all but the northern parts of the Florida peninsula. "Wild" Mallards are uncommon to rare winter residents in parts of the Panhandle and extreme northern peninsula, with rare records farther south. Domestic/ feral Mallards are common to abundant permanent, breeding residents wherever there are people. Mottled Ducks and Mallards have been interbreeding for decades to the point where Mottled Ducks have been extirpated from some parts of their Florida range, and where the long-term survival of the species in the state truly is doubtful. Hybrids and back-crosses run the gamut from looking 99% Mottled Duck-like to looking 99% Mallard-like, but most individuals can be identified as such by looking at a suite of field marks.

Because of the degree of interbreeding that has been occurring for so long in Florida, MOST "Mottled Ducks" identified on iNat are misidentified "Muddled Ducks." Because misidentifications of Mottled Ducks on iNat are frequent, I will post the link to an article that Tony Leukering and I wrote for eBird discussing "Muddled Ducks" in Florida -- and please regard the ID pointers found in this article as works in progress subject to refinement/correction:

https://ebird.org/news/201502mudu/

2) CROWS. Gawd! First off, anybody who oversimplifies crow ID by claiming that "caw" is American Crow and "uh-uh" is Fish Crow should be banned for life from ever again commenting on crow identification! American Crow and Fish Crow vocalizations are MUCH MORE COMPLEX than this! Juvenile Fish Crows give a hoarse "car-car-car" or "car-car-car-car-car" call that even most birders misidentify as an American Crow, young American Crows often utter a nasally "cah" that is often mistaken for a Fish Crow, and some American Crow calls are almost unworldly:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S47873751
https://ebird.org/checklist/S94088115

Also, PLEASE STOP claiming that silent crows in Florida cannot be identified to species! In many cases, habitat and behavior -- mainly flight dynamics -- can go a long way to identify silent crows throughout the state. The distinctive "rowing" flight behavior of American Crows is well-known and easily observed. Also, in some areas of Florida, RANGE ALONE CAN BE DEFINITIVE for crow identification. The crows along the main park road through Everglades National Park (State Road 9336) are American Crows. There are no Fish Crows here. The crows along Tamiami Trail through Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, and Everglades National Park are also safely assignable to American Crow. Ditto the crows along the main road through Myakka River State Park.

Conversely, some mega-urbanized cities completely lack American Crows. Two examples: Pinellas County away from Brooker Creek Preserve and Miami-Dade County east of where -- Interstate 95? Florida's Turnpike? -- contain nothing but Fish Crows. ESPECIALLY if you see overhead flocks of dozens to hundreds of individuals flying to roost; American Crows do not flock in Florida the way they do "up north."

I have published many hundreds of notes and articles, mostly in "Florida Field Naturalist" (the journal of the Florida Ornithological Society), and in "Birding" and "North American Birds" (the magazine and journal, respectively, of the American Birding Association), primarily since the mid-1980s. Documenting rare birds with photographs or recordings and then publishing details about them in ornithological journals is what motivates me.

The following list details some of my most significant publications.

BOOKS

Greenlaw, Jon S., Bill Pranty, and Reed Bowman. 2014. The Robertson and Woolfenden Florida Bird Species: An Annotated List. Special Publication No. 8. Florida Ornithological Society. Gainesville, Florida. viii + 435 pages.

Pranty, Bill. 2014. American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of Florida. Scott and Nix. New York, New York. xliv + 340 pages. An updated first edition will be published later this year.

Pranty, Bill, Jon L. Dunn, Steven C. Heinl, Andrew W. Kratter, Paul E. Lehman, Mark W. Lockwood, Bruce Mactavish, and Kevin J. Zimmer. 2008. ABA Checklist: Birds of the Continental United States and Canada, seventh edition. American Birding Association. Colorado Springs, Colorado. v + 203 pages.

Pranty, Bill, and Kurt Radamaker. 2006. Birds of Florida. Lone Pine Publishing. Edmonton, Canada. 384 pages.

Pranty, Bill. 2005. A Birder’s Guide to Florida, 5th edition. American Birding Association. Colorado Springs, Colorado. xiii + 418 pages.

Pranty, Bill. 1996. A Birder’s Guide to Florida, 4th edition. American Birding Association. Colorado Springs, Colorado. xii + 388 pages.

BOOK CHAPTERS or BOOK-LENGTH MANUSCRIPTS

Pranty, Bill and Corey T. Callaghan. 2020. Grey-headed Swamphen (Porphyrio poliocephalus Latham, 1801). Chapter 32 (Pages 243–247) in Invasive Birds: Global Trends and Impacts (C.T. Downs and L.A. Hart, editors). Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International, Wallingford, UK.

Pranty, Bill. 2010. The Important Bird Areas of Florida. Intended as Special Publication No. 8. Florida Ornithological Society. Gainesville, Florida. Unpublished.

Pranty, Bill. 2009. Anis. Pages 327 and 714 in Birds of North America. DK Publishing. New York, New York.

Pranty, Bill. 2009. Parakeets and Parrots. Pages 319–322 and 713–714 in Birds of North America. DK Publishing. New York, New York.

Pranty, Bill, and James W. Tucker, Jr. 2006. Ecology and management of the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow. Pages 188–200 in Land of Fire and Water: The Florida Dry Prairie Ecosystem. Proceedings of the Florida Dry Prairie Conference (Reed F. Noss, editor). www.ces.fau.edu/fdpc/proceedings/3-17145_p.18800_Pran_FDPC_.pdf.

Pranty, Bill. 2005. Estrildid finches. Page 645 in Complete Birds of North America (Jonathan Alderfer, editor). National Geographic Society. Washington, D.C.

Pranty, Bill. 2005. Weavers. Page 644 in Complete Birds of North America (Jonathan Alderfer, editor). National Geographic Society. Washington, D.C.

Pranty, Bill. 2005. Bulbuls. Page 464 in Complete Birds of North America (Jonathan Alderfer, editor). National Geographic Society. Washington, D.C.

Pranty, Bill. 2005. Parakeets, macaws, and parrots. Pages 307–313 in Complete Birds of North America (Jonathan Alderfer, editor). National Geographic Society. Washington, D.C.

Pranty, Bill, and Kurt Radamaker. 2005. Ibises and spoonbills. Pages 121–124 in Complete Birds of North America (Jonathan Alderfer, editor). National Geographic Society. Washington, D.C.

Pranty, Bill, and Kurt Radamaker. 2005. Bitterns, herons, and allies. Pages 110–121 in Complete Birds of North America (Jonathan Alderfer, editor). National Geographic Society. Washington, D.C.

Stith, Bradley M., John W. Fitzpatrick, Glen E. Woolfenden, and Bill Pranty. 1996. Classification and Conservation of Metapopulations: A Case Study of the Florida Scrub Jay. Pages 187–215 in Metapopulations and Wildlife Conservation (Dale R. McCullough, editor). Island Press. Covelo, California.

Kale, Herbert W., II, Bill Pranty, Bradley M. Stith, and C. Wesley Biggs. 1992. The Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Florida. Florida Audubon Society. Maitland, Florida. Final report to Nongame Wildlife Program, Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission. Tallahassee, Florida. Unpublished, but found online at . 323 pages.

PEER-REVIEWED PAPERS

Pranty, Bill. 2024 (in press). A Gray Gull (Leucophaeus modestus) in Florida and Alabama: The first record for North America north of Mexico. Florida Field Naturalist 52(1): -.

Pranty, Bill. 2023. A cat, a bird, and social media: Discovery of the first Little Bunting in eastern North America. Birding 55(6): 56-59.

Pranty, Bill. 2022. Re-evaluation of three mynas photographed in Miami-Dade County, Florida in April 1987. Florida Field Naturalist 50(4): 87-90.

Pranty, Bill, John Groskopf, and Valeri Ponzo. 2022. Unusual crested terns in Florida: Field identification and summary of occurrences in the region of Elegant Terns, presumed Cayenne Terns, and terns of uncertain identity. Birding 54(6): 50-64.

Frade, Noah, Bill Pranty, Valeri Ponzo, and Michelle Davis. 2022. A unique hybrid vireo pairing in southeastern Florida: First nesting record of the Yellow-green Vireo in Florida -- and the first known case of hybridization between Yellow-green and Black-whiskered vireos anywhere. Birding 54(3): 60-65.

Pranty, Bill and Valeri Ponzo. 2021. Record of a Red-rumped Agouti (Dasyprocta leporina) in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 49:11–12.

Pranty, Bill and Alex Lamoreaux. 2020. First records of the “Prairie” Merlin (Falco columbarius richardsonii) in Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 48:167–170.

Pranty, Bill, Smith Juan, and Don Fraser. 2020. First winter record in Florida of the Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Calidris subruficollis). Florida Field Naturalist 48:99–101. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN%2048.3%20pages%2099-101.pdf

Pranty, Bill, Don Fraser, and Valeri Ponzo. 2020. Records of the “Western Flycatcher” in Florida, with emphasis on a vocal individual that uttered call-notes consistent with Pacific-slope Flycatcher. Florida Field Naturalist 48:90–98. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN%2048.3%20pages%2090-98.pdf

Pranty, Bill and Valeri Ponzo. 2020. Inland breeding of Gray Kingbirds (Tyrannus dominicensis) in Hendry County, Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 48:63–64. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN%2048.2%20pages%2063-64.pdf

Pranty, Bill and Michael Brothers. 2020. Extralimital occurrences of pale-eyed Boat-tailed Grackles (Quiscalus major) in central Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 48:14–18. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN%2048.1%20pages%2014-18.pdf

Pranty, Bill and Valeri Ponzo. 2020. First winter record in Florida of the Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera). Florida Field Naturalist 48:8–11. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN%2048.1%20pages%208-11.pdf

Pranty, Bill. 2018. Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) in Pasco County, Florida: First record for the peninsula. Florida Field Naturalist 46:70–72. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/3.PRANTYR-N_GREBEFFN_46_3.pdf

Pranty, Bill and Valeri Ponzo. 2017. Eleven additions to the exotic avifauna of Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 45:103–109. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/2.PRANTYNEW_EXOTICSFFN_45_4.pdf

Pranty, Bill, Andrew W. Kratter, and Valeri Ponzo. 2016. Status and distribution in Florida of Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) and Couch’s Kingbird (Tyrannus couchii). Florida Field Naturalist 44:83–105. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/2.%20PRANTY%2C%20KINGBIRDS%2C%20FFN%2044%283%29.pdf

Pranty, Bill. 2015. The disappearance of the Budgerigar from the ABA Area. Birding 47(4):34–40.

Pranty, Bill and Valeri Ponzo. 2015. Records of the Pin-tailed Whydah (Vidua macroura) in Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 43:160–166. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/4.%20PRANTY%2C%20WHYDAHS%2C%20FFN%2043%284%29.pdf

Pranty, Bill, David Gagne, and Gail A. Deterra. 2015. Oregon Junco (Junco hyemalis oreganus group) in Pasco County: First Florida record, and first summer record of any junco in Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 43:173–178. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/6.%20PRANTY%2C%20JUNCO%2C%20FFN%2043%284%29.pdf

Pranty, Bill. 2015. Extirpation of the Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus) from Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 43:105–113. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/2.%20PRANTY%2C%20BUDGERIGARS%2C%20FFN%2043%283%29.pdf

Pranty, Bill, and Valeri Ponzo. 2014. Status and distribution of Egyptian Geese (Alopochen aegyptiaca) in southeastern Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 42(3):91–107. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_42-3p91-107.pdf

Pranty, Bill, and Valeri Ponzo. 2013. First winter records in Florida of Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (Empidonax flaviventris) and Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea). Florida Field Naturalist 41(3):83–85. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_41-3p83-85.pdf

Pranty, Bill. 2013. Introducing the Purple Swamphen: Management, taxonomy, and natural history. Birding 45(3):38–45.

Greenlaw, Jon S., Reed Bowman, and Bill Pranty. 2013. Assessment of European Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia turtur) on the Florida birdlist. Florida Field Naturalist 41(1):1–8. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_41-1p1-8.pdf

Delany, Michael F., Bill Pranty, and Richard A. Kiltie. 2013. Painted Bunting abundance and habitat use in Florida. Southeastern Naturalist 12(1):61–72.

Pranty, Bill, and Valeri Ponzo. 2012. First winter records in Florida of Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor), Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota), Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus), and Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus), and first recent winter record of Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis). Florida Field Naturalist 40(2):41–46. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_40-2p41-46%5B1%5D.pdf

Pranty, Bill. 2012. Population growth, spread, and persistence of Purple Swamphens (Porphyrio porphyrio) in Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 40(1):1–12. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_40-1p1-12%5B1%5D.pdf

Pranty, Bill, and Helen W. Lovell. 2011. An addition to Florida’s exotic avifauna: Sun Parakeets (Aratinga solstitialis) in Pasco County. Florida Field Naturalist 39(4):126–133. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/4.%20PRANTY%20AND%20LOVELL-WAYNE%2C%20SUN%20PARAKEETS%2C%20FFN%2039%284%29.pdf

Pranty, Bill, Ed Kwater, and David Gagne. 2011. Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus) in Pasco County: First record for Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 39(4):116–125. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/3.%20PRANTY%20ET%20AL%2C%20KELP%20GULL%2C%20FFN%2039%284%29.pdf

Pranty Bill, and Kimball L. Garrett. 2011. Under the radar: Non-countable birds in the ABA Area. Birding 43(5):46–58.

Pranty, Bill, and Helen W. Lovell. 2011. Presumed or confirmed nesting attempts by Black-hooded Parakeets (Nandayus nenday) in Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 39(3):75–85. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_39-3p75-85%5B1%5D.pdf

Pranty, Bill, and Carlos Sanchez. 2011. A recent winter record of Swainson’s Thrush (Catharus ustulatus) in Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 39(1):21–23. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_39-1p21-23%5B1%5D.pdf

Pranty, Bill. 2010. Status and current range of Red-whiskered Bulbuls (Pycnonotus jocosus) in Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 38(4):146–149. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_38-4_p146.pdf

Pranty, Bill, Bruce H. Anderson, and Harry P. Robinson. 2010. Third record of the Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) in Florida, with comments on other recent records. Florida Field Naturalist 38(3):93–98. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_38-3_p093.pdf

Pranty, Bill. 2010. Hairy Woodpeckers feed Downy Woodpecker nestlings. Florida Field Naturalist 38(2):71–72. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_38-2_p071.pdf

Pranty, Bill, Daria Feinstein, and Karen Lee. 2010. Natural history of Blue-and-yellow Macaws (Ara ararauna) in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 38(2):55–62. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_38-2_p055.pdf

Pranty, Bill, and Arthur Wilson. 2010. First breeding record of the Bronzed Cowbird (Molothrus aeneus) in Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 38(1):1–7. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_38-1_p001.pdf

Pranty, Bill. 2009. Nesting substrates of Monk Parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus) in Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 37(2):51–57. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_37-2_p051.pdf

Gray, Paul N., Bill Pranty, Gregory R. Schrott, and James W. Tucker. 2009. Shorebird and larid use of mudflats at Lake Okeechobee, Florida, during drought conditions. Florida Field Naturalist 37(2):33–44. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_37-2_p033.pdf

Bankert, Andy, Bruce H. Anderson, and Bill Pranty. 2009. First record of the Townsend’s Solitaire (Myadestes townsendi) for Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 37(1):16–21. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_37-1_p016.pdf

Pranty, Bill, Dean W. Riemer, and Dorcas Fitzsimmons. 2008. First verifiable records of the Swallow-tailed Kite in Florida during winter. Florida Field Naturalist 36(4):92–93. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_36-4_p092.pdf

Pranty, Bill. 2008. Corrected dates of occurrence for Florida’s third accepted report of the Cuban Pewee. Florida Field Naturalist 36(3):60–61. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_36-3_p060.pdf

Pranty, Bill. 2008. The Ringed Turtle-Dove on Christmas Bird Counts in Florida: Cases of “boom and bust” and mistaken identity. American Birds 62:30–35.

Pranty, Bill, editor. 2008. Bald Eagle Management Plan (Haliaeetus leucocephalus). Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Tallahassee, Florida. xiii + 60 pages.

Pranty, Bill. Status and distribution of Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis) in Florida. 2007. North American Birds 61(4):658–665. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/nab/v061n04/p00658-p00665.pdf

Pranty, Bill. Records of Superb Starling (Lamprotornis superbus) in Florida. 2007. North American Birds 61(4):656–657. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/nab/v061n04/p00656-p00657.pdf

Pranty, Bill. 2007. First record of the White Wagtail in Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 35(4):119–123. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_35-4_p119.pdf

Pranty, Bill, and Gianfranco D. Basili. 2007. First record of the Greater Flamingo for northeastern Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 35(4):114–118. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_35-4_p114.pdf

Pranty, Bill, Kurt Radamaker, Harold Weatherman, and Harry P. Robinson. 2007. First verifiable records of the Rough-legged Hawk in Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 35(2):43–45. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_35-2_p043.pdf

Pranty, Bill, Andrew W. Kratter, and Reed Bowman. 2005. Records of the Bullock’s Oriole in Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 33(2):41–46. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_33-2p41-46Pranty%5B1%5D.pdf

Pranty, Bill, Tom Hince, and Mark Berney. 2005. First verifiable records of Blue-winged Warbler and Magnolia Warbler wintering in Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 33(1):17–19. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_33-1p17-19Pranty%5B1%5D.pdf

Pranty, Bill, and Helen W. Lovell. 2004. Population increase and range expansion of Black-hooded Parakeets in Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 32(4):129–137. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_32-4p129-137Pranty%5B1%5D.pdf

Pranty, Bill. 2004. Florida’s exotic avifauna, a preliminary checklist. Birding 36(4):362–372.

Pranty, Bill, Ed Kwater, Harold Weatherman, and Harry P. Robinson. 2004. The Eurasian Kestrel in Florida: First record for the southeastern United States, with a review of its status in North America. North American Birds 58(1):168–169. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/nab/v058n01/p00168-p00169.pdf

Pranty, Bill, Donald J. Robinson, Mary Barnwell, Clay Black, and Ken Tracey. 2004. Discovery and habitat use of Black Rails along the central Florida Gulf coast. Florida Field Naturalist 32(2):51–55. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_32-2p51-55Pranty%5B1%5D.pdf

Paul, Richard T., Bill Pranty, Ann F. Paul, Ann Hodgson, and David J. Powell. 2003. Probable hybridization between Elegant Tern and Sandwich Tern in west-central Florida: The first confirmed North American nesting record of Elegant Tern away from the Pacific Coast. North American Birds 57(2):280–282. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/nab/v057n02/p00280-p00282.pdf

Pranty, Bill, and Howard Voren. 2003. Variation and possible hybridization of Brotogeris parakeets at Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Birding 35(3):262–266.

Pranty, Bill, and Kimball L. Garrett. 2003. The parrot fauna of the ABA Area: A current look. Birding 35(3):248–261.

Pranty, Bill, John H. Boyd, III, and Kurt Radamaker. 2003. Recent winter records of the Black-throated Blue Warbler in Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 31(1):4–5. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_31-1p4-5Pranty%5B1%5D.pdf

Pranty, Bill, and Susan Epps. 2002. Distribution, population status, and documentation of exotic parrots in Broward County, Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 30(4):111–131. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_30-4p111-131Pranty%5B1%5D.pdf

Delany, Michael F., Stephen B. Linda, Bill Pranty, and Dustin W. Perkins. 2002. Density and reproductive success of Florida Grasshopper Sparrows in relation to time post-burn. Journal of Range Management 55(4):336–340.

Pranty, Bill. 2002. The use of Christmas Bird Count data to monitor populations of exotic birds. American Birds [56]:24–28.

Pranty, Bill. 2002. Red-shouldered Hawk feeds on carrion. Journal of Raptor Research 36(2):152–153.

Pranty, Bill, Gianfranco D. Basili, and Harry P. Robinson. 2002. First breeding record of the Dickcissel in Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 30(2):36–39. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_30-2p36-39Pranty%5B1%5D.pdf

Pranty, Bill. 2001. The Budgerigar in Florida: Rise and fall of an exotic psittacid. North American Birds 55(4):389–397. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/nab/v055n04/p00389-p00397.pdf

Pranty, Bill, and P. William Smith. 2001. Status, distribution, and taxonomy of the spindalis complex (“Stripe-headed Tanager”) in Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 29(1):13–25. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_29-1p13-25Pranty%5B1%5D.pdf

Pranty, Bill. 2000. Possible anywhere: Shiny Cowbird. Birding 32(6):514–526.

Pranty, Bill. 2000. Record of a Black-throated Green Warbler wintering in Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 28(4):186–188. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_28-4p186-188Pranty%5B1%5D.pdf

Delany, Michael F., Timothy Lockley, Bill Pranty, and Mark D. Scheuerell. 2000. Stomach contents of two nestling Florida Grasshopper Sparrows. Florida Field Naturalist 28(2):75–77. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_28-2p75-77Delany%5B1%5D.pdf

Pranty, Bill, and Glen E. Woolfenden. 2000. First record of the Northern Lapwing in Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 28(2):53–56.https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_28-2p53-56Pranty%5B1%5D.pdf

Pranty, Bill. 2000. Three sources of Florida Grasshopper Sparrow mortality. Florida Field Naturalist 28(1):27–29. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_28-1p27-29Pranty%5B1%5D.pdf

Pranty, Bill, Kim Schnitzius, Kevin Schnitzius, and Helen W. Lovell. 2000. Discovery, distribution, and origin of the Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) in Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 28(1):1–11. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_28-1p1-11Pranty%5B1%5D.pdf

Pranty, Bill, and Gian Basili. 1999. Zellwood, birds, and the ghosts of banned pesticides. Florida Naturalist 72(3):10–13.

Pranty, Bill. 1999. The next new ABA birds: Florida and the southeastern Gulf Coast. Birding 31(3):245–252.

Delany, Michael F., Patrick B. Walsh, Bill Pranty, and Dustin W. Perkins. 1999. A previously unknown population of Florida Grasshopper Sparrows on Avon Park Air Force Range. Florida Field Naturalist 27(2):52–56. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_27-2p52-56Delany%5B1%5D.pdf

Pranty, Bill, and Gianfranco D. Basili. 1998. Bird use of agricultural fields at Lake Apopka, Florida, with recommendations for the management of migratory shorebirds and other species. Florida Audubon Society. Winter Park, Florida. iii + 30 pages.

Pranty, Bill, and Michael A. McMillian. 1997. Status of the White-tailed Kite in northern and central Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 25(4):117–127. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_25-4p117-127Pranty%5B1%5D.pdf

McMillian, Michael A., and Bill Pranty. 1997. Recent nesting of the White-tailed Kite in central Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 25:143–145. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_25-4p143-145McMillian%5B1%5D.pdf

Pranty, Bill, and Mark D. Scheuerell. 1997. First summer record of the Henslow’s Sparrow in Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 25(2):64–66. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_25-2p64-66Pranty%2520-%2520FOC%252028%5B1%5D.pdf

Woolfenden, Glen E., Bill Pranty, John W. Fitzpatrick, and Brian S. Nelson. 1996. Western Wood-Pewee recorded in Highlands County, Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 24(3):61–67. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_24-3p61-67Woolfenden%5B1%5D.pdf

Woolfenden, Glen E., William B. Robertson, Jr., and Bill Prant[y]. 1996. Comparing the species lists in two recent books on Florida birds. Florida Field Naturalist 24(1):10–14. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_24-1p10-14Woolfenden%5B1%5D.pdf

Pranty, Bill. 1995. Tool use by Brown-headed Nuthatches in two Florida slash pine forests. Florida Field Naturalist 23(2):33–34. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_23-2p33-34Pranty%5B1%5D.pdf

Woolfenden, Glen E., Bill Pranty, and R. David Goodwin. 1994. North Pinellas Christmas Bird Count, 1985. Florida Field Naturalist 22(3):83–84. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_22-3p83-84Woolfenden%5B1%5D.pdf

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

Pranty, Bill, Jessie Barry, Jon L. Dunn, Kimball L. Garrett, Daniel D. Gibson, Tom Johnson, Aaron Lang, Mark W. Lockwood. Ron Pittaway, Peter Pyle, and David A. Sibley. 2015. 26th report of the ABA Checklist Committee, 2015. Birding 47(6):26–33.

Pranty, B. 2015. Further thoughts on the Hooded Crane. Birding 47(6):22–24.

Pranty, Bill, Jon L. Dunn, Kimball L. Garrett, Daniel D. Gibson, Marshall J. Iliff, Mark W. Lockwood. Ron Pittaway, and David A. Sibley. 2014. 25th report of the ABA Checklist Committee, 2013. Birding 46(6):24–33. https://www.aba.org/themencode-pdf-viewer/?file=https://www.aba.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/ccr2013.pdf

Pranty, Bill, and Ted Floyd. 2013. The ABA Checklist Committee in the 21st century: Challenges and opportunities in the digital age. Birder’s Guide to Listing and Taxonomy 1(2):36–49, plus online material “Growth of the ABA Checklist,” pages 65–70.

Pranty, Bill, Jon L. Dunn, Kimball L. Garrett, Daniel D. Gibson, Marshall J. Iliff, Mark W. Lockwood. Ron Pittaway, and David A. Sibley. 2013. 24th report of the ABA Checklist Committee, 2013. Birding 45(6):30–37, plus online material “Taxonomic and nomenclatorial changes affecting the ABA Checklist,” pages 75–79.

Pranty, Bill, Jon L. Dunn, Daniel D. Gibson, Marshall J. Iliff, Paul E. Lehman, Mark W. Lockwood, Ron Pittaway, and Kevin J. Zimmer. 2011. 22nd report of the ABA Checklist Committee: 2011. Birding 43(6):26–33. https://www.aba.org/themencode-pdf-viewer/?file=https://www.aba.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/ccr2011.pdf

Pranty, Bill, Jon L. Dunn, Daniel D. Gibson, Marshall J. Iliff, Paul E. Lehman, Mark W. Lockwood, Ron Pittaway, and Kevin J. Zimmer. 2010. 21st report of the ABA Checklist Committee: 2009–2010. Birding 42(6):30–39. https://www.aba.org/themencode-pdf-viewer/?file=https://www.aba.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/ccr2010.pdf

Pranty, Bill, Jon L. Dunn, Steven C. Heinl, Andrew W. Kratter, Paul E. Lehman, Mark W. Lockwood, Bruce Mactavish, and Kevin J. Zimmer. 2009. Annual report of the ABA Checklist Committee: 2008–2009. Birding 41(6):38–43.

Pranty, Bill, Jon L. Dunn, Steven C. Heinl, Andrew W. Kratter, Paul E. Lehman, Mark W. Lockwood, Bruce Mactavish, and Kevin J. Zimmer. 2008. Annual report of the ABA Checklist Committee: 2007–2008. Birding 40(6):32–38.

Pranty, Bill, Jon L. Dunn, Steven C. Heinl, Andrew W. Kratter, Paul E. Lehman, Mark W. Lockwood, Bruce Mactavish, and Kevin J. Zimmer. 2007. Annual report of the ABA Checklist Committee: 2007. Birding 39(6):24–31. https://www.aba.org/themencode-pdf-viewer/?file=https://www.aba.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/ccr2007.pdf

Pranty, Bill.2007. More on the ABA Checklist Committee. Birding 39(4):22–26.

Pranty, Bill. 2007. Lurkers and deceivers [March–April 2007 photo quiz answers]. Birding 39(3):62–66.

Pranty, Bill, Jon L. Dunn, Steve Heinl, Andrew W. Kratter, Paul Lehman, Mark W. Lockwood, Bruce Mactavish, and Kevin J. Zimmer. 2006. Annual report of the ABA Checklist Committee: 2006. Birding 38(6):20–24. https://www.aba.org/themencode-pdf-viewer/?file=https://www.aba.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/ccr2006.pdf

Pranty, Bill. 2006. Inside the ABA Checklist Committee: Who, what, and why. Birding 38(4):20–22.

Pranty, Bill. 2006. In memoriam: Richard Tompkins Paul. North American Birds 60(1):27. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/nab/v060n01/p00027-p00027.pdf

Robbins, Mark B., Steve Heinl, Andrew W. Kratter, Greg Lasley, Paul Lehman, Bruce Mactavish, Bill Pranty, and Kevin J. Zimmer. 2006. 2005 ABA Checklist Report. Birding 38(1):22–25. https://www.aba.org/themencode-pdf-viewer/?file=https://www.aba.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/ccr2005.pdf

Pranty, Bill. 2004. State of the Region [Florida birds conservation summary]. North American Birds 58(4):517–518. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/nab/v058n04/p00515-p00518.pdf

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