CBRC Logo by Tim ManolisReview List of the

California Bird Records Committee

28 May 2016

The sequence of birds on this list has been updated to follow the 7th edition of the A.O.U Check-List of North American Birds, and supplements.

The California Bird Records Committee solicits information on all occurrences in California of the 193 species on this Review List, as well as species unrecorded in California. In general, review species average four or fewer occurrences per year in California over the most recent ten year period. Documentation should be sent to the CBRC Secretary by e-mail to secretary@californiabirds.org. We also seek documentation concerning the potential establishment of introduced species not currently on the state list.


For species not supported by curated specimens (114 species):

P - At least one record supported by identifiable photograph (112 species)
V - At least one record supported by identifiable video (22 species)
A - At least one record supported by identifiable audio recording (9 species)
S - Supported only by sight records (2 species)

Anseriformes - Screamers, Swans, Geese, and Ducks
Anatidae - Ducks, Geese, and Swans
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis - P
Fulvous Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna bicolor
Tundra Bean-Goose Anser serrirostris - P
Emperor Goose Chen canagica
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus - P
Falcated Duck Anas falcata - P
American Black Duck Anas rubripes
Garganey Anas querquedula
Baikal Teal Anas formosa
Common Pochard Aythya ferina - P
Steller's Eider Polysticta stelleri - P
King Eider Somateria spectabilis
Common Eider Somateria mollissima - P
Common Scoter Melanitta nigra - P
Smew Mergellus albellus - PV

Gaviiformes - Loons
Gaviidae - Loons
Arctic Loon Gavia arctica
Yellow-billed Loon Gavia adamsii

Podicipediformes - Grebes
Podicipedidae - Grebes
Least Grebe Tachybaptus dominicus

Procellariiformes - Tube-nosed Swimmers
Diomedeidae - Albatrosses
White-capped Albatross Thalassarche cauta - P
Salvin's Albatross Thalassarche salvini - P
Chatham Albatross Thalassarche eremita - P
Light-mantled Albatross Phoebetria palpebrata - PV
Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans - P
Short-tailed Albatross Phoebastria albatrus

Procellariidae - Shearwaters and Petrels
Great-winged Petrel Pterodroma macroptera - PV
Stejneger's Petrel Pterodroma longirostris - P
Bulwer's Petrel Bulweria bulwerii - P
White-chinned Petrel Procellaria aequinoctialis - PV
Parkinson's Petrel Procellaria parkinsoni - P
Streaked Shearwater Calonectris leucomelas
Cory's Shearwater Calonectris diomedea - P
Great Shearwater Puffinus gravis - P
Wedge-tailed Shearwater Puffinus pacificus - P
Newell's Shearwater Puffinus newelli

Hydrobatidae - Storm-Petrels
Ringed Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma hornbyi - P
Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma tethys
Tristram's Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma tristrami - P

Phaethontiformes - Tropicbirds
Phaethontidae - Tropicbirds
White-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon lepturus - P
Red-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon rubricauda

Suliformes - Frigatebirds, Boobies, Cormorants, Darters, and Allies
Fregatidae - Frigatebirds
Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens
Great Frigatebird Fregata minor - P
Lesser Frigatebird Fregata ariel - P

Sulidae - Boobies and Gannets
Masked Booby Sula dactylatra - P
Nazca Booby Sula granti - P
Red-footed Booby Sula sula
Northern Gannet Morus bassanus - P

Anhingidae - Darters
Anhinga Anhinga anhinga - P

Pelecaniformes - Pelicans, Herons, Ibises, and Allies
Ardeidae - Herons, Bitterns, and Allies
Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor

Threskiornithidae - Ibises and Spoonbills
White Ibis Eudocimus albus
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus - P
Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja -

Accipitriformes - Hawks, Kites, Eagles, and Allies
Cathartidae - New World Vultures
Black Vulture Coragyps atratus - P

Accipitridae - Hawks, Kites, Eagles, and Allies
Swallow-tailed Kite Elanoides forficatus - P
Mississippi Kite Ictinia mississippiensis
Common Black Hawk Buteogallus anthracinus - P
Gray Hawk Buteo plagiatus - PV

Gruiformes - Rails, Cranes, and Allies
Rallidae - Rails, Gallinules, and Coots
Purple Gallinule Porphyrio martinicus

Gruidae - Cranes
Common Crane Grus grus - P

Charadriiformes - Shorebirds, Gulls, Auks, and Allies
Charadriidae - Lapwings and Plovers
Lesser Sand-Plover Charadrius mongolus - P
Greater Sand-Plover Charadrius leschenaultii - PV
Wilson's Plover Charadrius wilsonia
Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula - PVA
Piping Plover Charadrius melodus - P
Eurasian Dotterel Charadrius morinellus - PV

Scolopacidae - Sandpipers, Phalaropes, and Allies
Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus - PV
Gray-tailed Tattler Tringa brevipes - P
Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus - P
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia - PV
Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis - P
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola - P
Upland Sandpiper Bartramia longicauda
Little Curlew Numenius minutus - P
Bristle-thighed Curlew Numenius tahitiensis - PV
Hudsonian Godwit Limosa haemastica - P
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
Long-toed Stint Calidris subminuta - P
Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis - P
Little Stint Calidris minuta
White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis
Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus
Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago - P
American Woodcock Scolopax minor - P

Alcidae - Auks, Murres, and Puffins
Thick-billed Murre Uria lomvia
Long-billed Murrelet Brachyramphus perdix
Kittlitz's Murrelet Brachyramphus brevirostris
Least Auklet Aethia pusilla
Crested Auklet Aethia cristatella

Laridae - Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers
Swallow-tailed Gull Creagrus furcatus - P
Red-legged Kittiwake Rissa brevirostris
Ivory Gull Pagophila eburnea - P
Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus - P
Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus
Ross's Gull Rhodostethia rosea - P
Belcher's Gull Larus belcheri - PV
Black-tailed Gull Larus crassirostris
Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides - P
Slaty-backed Gull Larus schistisagus - P
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus - P
Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus - P
Sooty Tern Onychoprion fuscatus
Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus - P
White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus - PV
Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis - P

Columbiformes - Pigeons, and Doves
Columbidae - Pigeons and Doves
Oriental Turtle-Dove Streptopelia orientalis - PV
Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti

Cuculiformes - Cuckoos and Allies
Cuculidae - Cuckoos, Roadrunners, and Anis
Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus - PV
Black-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus erythropthalmus
Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris - P

Strigiformes - Owls
Strigidae - Typical Owls
Snowy Owl Bubo scandiacus
Elf Owl Micrathene whitneyi

Caprimulgiformes - Goatsuckers, Oilbirds, and Allies
Caprimulgidae - Goatsuckers
Chuck-will's-widow Antrostomus carolinensis
Buff-collared Nightjar Antrostomus ridgwayi
Eastern Whip-poor-will Antrostomus vociferus - PA

Apodiformes - Swifts, and Hummingbirds
Apodidae - Swifts
White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris - S
Common Swift Apus apus - P

Trochilidae - Hummingbirds
Green Violetear Colibri thalassinus - P
Magnificent Hummingbird Eugenes fulgens - P
Blue-throated Hummingbird Lampornis clemenciae - P
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris
Broad-billed Hummingbird Cynanthus latirostris - P
Violet-crowned Hummingbird Amazilia violiceps - P
Xantus's Hummingbird Hylocharis xantusii - P

Piciformes - Puffbirds, Jacamars, Toucans, Woodpeckers, and Allies
Picidae - Woodpeckers and Allies
Red-headed Woodpecker Melanerpes erythrocephalus

Falconiformes - Caracaras and Falcons
Falconidae - Caracaras and Falcons
Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway - PV
Eurasian Kestrel Falco tinnunculus - P
Gyrfalcon Falco rusticolus

Passeriformes - Passerine Birds
Tyrannidae - Tyrant Flycatchers
Greater Pewee Contopus pertinax
Eastern Wood-Pewee Contopus virens - PA
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher Empidonax flaviventris
Alder Flycatcher Empidonax alnorum
Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer
Nutting's Flycatcher Myiarchus nuttingi - PVA
Great Crested Flycatcher Myiarchus crinitus
Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher Myiodynastes luteiventris - PV
Couch's Kingbird Tyrannus couchii - PA
Thick-billed Kingbird Tyrannus crassirostris - PVA
Fork-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus savana - P

Laniidae - Shrikes
Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus - P

Vireonidae - Vireos
White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus - PA
Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius

Corvidae - Crows and Jays
Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata

Alaudidae - Larks
Sky Lark Alauda arvensis - P

Hirundinidae - Swallows
Cave Swallow Petrochelidon fulva - P

Troglodytidae - Wrens
Winter Wren Troglodytes hiemalis - PA
Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis - PA

Phylloscopidae - Leaf Warblers
Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus
Arctic/Kamchatka Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus borealis/examinandus - P

Locustellidae - Grasshopper-Warblers
Lanceolated Warbler Locustella lanceolata - P

Muscicapidae - Old World Flycatchers
Bluethroat Luscinia svecica - P
Red-flanked Bluetail Tarsiger cyanurus - P
Taiga Flycatcher Ficedula albicilla - P
Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe
Stonechat Saxicola torquatus - P

Turdidae - Thrushes
Veery Catharus fuscescens - P
Gray-cheeked Thrush Catharus minimus
Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina
Eyebrowed Thrush Turdus obscurus - PV
Rufous-backed Robin Turdus rufopalliatus - P

Mimidae - Mockingbirds and Thrashers
Curve-billed Thrasher Toxostoma curvirostre

Motacillidae - Wagtails and Pipits
Eastern Yellow Wagtail Motacilla tschutschensis - P
Gray Wagtail Motacilla cinerea - P
White Wagtail Motacilla alba - P
Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni - P

Calcariidae - Longspurs and Snow Buntings
Smith's Longspur Calcarius pictus - PV
Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis -

Parulidae - Wood-Warblers
Worm-eating Warbler Helmitheros vermivorum
Louisiana Waterthrush Parkesia motacilla
Golden-winged Warbler Vermivora chrysoptera
Blue-winged Warbler Vermivora cyanoptera
Connecticut Warbler Oporornis agilis
Mourning Warbler Geothlypis philadelphia
Cape May Warbler Setophaga tigrina
Cerulean Warbler Setophaga cerulea -
Grace's Warbler Setophaga graciae
Golden-cheeked Warbler Setophaga chrysoparia
Red-faced Warbler Cardellina rubrifrons

Emberizidae - Emberizids
Cassin's Sparrow Peucaea cassinii -
Field Sparrow Spizella pusilla - P
Baird's Sparrow Ammodramus bairdii
Le Conte's Sparrow Ammodramus leconteii
Little Bunting Emberiza pusilla - P
Rustic Bunting Emberiza rustica - P

Cardinalidae - Cardinals and Allies
Pyrrhuloxia Cardinalis sinuatus - P
Varied Bunting Passerina versicolor

Icteridae - Blackbirds
Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus
Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
Streak-backed Oriole Icterus pustulatus

Fringillidae - Fringilline and Cardueline Finches and Allies
Brambling Fringilla montifringilla - PV
Black Rosy-Finch Leucosticte atrata
Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus - P
White-winged Crossbill Loxia leucoptera - S
Common Redpoll Acanthis flammea
We also review records of the following species groups and hybrids:
Taiga/Tundra Bean-Goose Anser fabalis/serrirostris
Magnificent/Great/Lesser Frigatebird Fregata magnificens/minor/ariel
Masked/Nazca Booby Sula dactylatra/granti
Blue-winged X Golden-winged Warbler Vermivora cyanoptera X V. chrysoptera

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