I have been looking for a nice online service for such a long time, which supports the International Ornithological Congress (IOC) taxonomy list. Finally BUBO Listing made it possible as announced in late July.
After many years of use I finally have given up waiting for the taxonomy updates of Clements and switched my list to IOC. I am satisfied with it as updates are posted several times a year. BUBO made adding my life list possible without any hassle of cross checking for different name variations. I’ve been keeping my IOC life list in Apple’s Numbers but now I give it up and going to use BUBO Listing exclusively to keep my lifers.
Adding a list to BUBO Listing is very easy – maybe too simple. When list is created the IOC world checklist appears in taxonomic order. What I like the most in this software, that it gives you the feeling of real ticking, as there are a checkbox next to every species. By ticking the checkbox saving starts instantly making the process a bit slow. There is some fields available where I can add more information to the lifer such as date of observation and the location info as well as any other comment. There is also a checkbox in every row for sensitive species. By ticking it species will be hidden for the public.
Rolling the mouse over the species name a bubble appears showing the range info for the species. This is a nice and space saving feature.
Here is my wishes what I would like to see in one of the next versions of BUBO Listing.
- Adding more columns to a record (e.g. trip when the species was first seen, continent and country columns)
- Simple country or regional checklist creation based on the same world list taxonomy. At the moment I cannot create a Western Palearctic list copied from my IOC list as only AERC, Dutch Birding and UK400 Club lists are available.
- By adding a country column in the table of the world list ticked species should be copied automatically into different other lists I created (e.g. WP, Europe, Oriental, or South Africa etc.)
- Enabling to create fancy charts of the checklist (like completed families or share of lifers by continents etc.)
I like the idea to create a badge for my blog or website where the selected lists (up to 2) are visible with the total number of lifers and the latest list addition. This is automatically updated when new species is added to the list. The badge is customisable and several size is available. More info about the steps of creation is here. Result can be sen on the bottom my blog.
BUBO Listing does the job when official taxonomy updates are available for IOC or any of the other lists. When update is posted the relevant list of “My Lists” turns yellow telling that I need to review my records. If I wanna improve my world list in a spreadsheet I still can export my list in three different format.
All in all I am satisfied with this software and all the above mentioned suggestions would just make it even better. By the way, while completing my list I found a seen but non-listed species, the Racket-tailed Roller,in my spreadsheet. My life list then turned 2,044 – nice armchair tick.