CBRC Review List

Updated 13 January 2024

The California Bird Records Committee solicits information on all occurrences in California of the 182 Review List species, as well as species groups and hybrids on a supplemental list and species unrecorded in California.


In general, review species average two 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 [email protected] or via this convenient form. We also seek documentation concerning the potential establishment of introduced species not currently on the state list but on our Watch List. Documentation for Watch List species go to the Introduced Birds Subcommittee.

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

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For species not supported by curated specimens (121 species):

PAt least one record supported by identifiable photograph (119 species)
VAt least one record supported by identifiable video (24 species)
AAt least one record supported by identifiable audio recording (12 species)
TSupported only by tracking or remote sensing data (1 species)
SSupported only by sight records (1 species)

Main List

Anseriformes - Screamers, Swans, Geese, and Ducks

Anatidae - Ducks, Geese, and Swans

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis - P

Fulvous Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna bicolor

Emperor Goose Anser canagicus

Tundra Bean-Goose Anser serrirostris - P

Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus - P

Baikal Teal Sibirionetta formosa

Garganey Spatula querquedula

Falcated Duck Mareca falcata - P

Mexican Duck Anas diazi - P

American Black Duck Anas rubripes

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

Podicipediformes - Grebes

Podicipedidae - Grebes

Least Grebe Tachybaptus dominicus

Columbiformes - Pigeons and Doves

Columbidae - Pigeons and Doves

Oriental Turtle-Dove Streptopelia orientalis - PV

Cuculiformes - Cuckoos and Allies

Cuculidae - Cuckoos, Roadrunners, and Anis

Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris - P

Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus - PV

Black-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus erythropthalmus

Caprimulgiformes - Nightjars

Caprimulgidae - Nightjars

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

Mexican Violetear Colibri thalassinus - P

Rivoli's Hummingbird Eugenes fulgens - P

Blue-throated Mountain-gem Lampornis clemenciae - P

Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris

Xantus's Hummingbird Basilinna xantusii - P

Violet-crowned Hummingbird Ramosomyia violiceps - P

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

Eurasian Dotterel Charadrius morinellus - PV

Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula - PVA

Piping Plover Charadrius melodus - P

Lesser Sand-Plover Charadrius mongolus - P

Greater Sand-Plover Charadrius leschenaultii - PV

Wilson's Plover Charadrius wilsonia -

Scolopacidae - Sandpipers, Phalaropes, and Allies

Upland Sandpiper Bartramia longicauda

Bristle-thighed Curlew Numenius tahitiensis - PV

Little Curlew Numenius minutus - P

Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea

Long-toed Stint Calidris subminuta - P

Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis - P

Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima - PV

Little Stint Calidris minuta

White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis

Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus

American Woodcock Scolopax minor

Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago - P

Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus - PV

Gray-tailed Tattler Tringa brevipes - P

Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus - P

Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia - PV

Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola - P

Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis - 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

Ross's Gull Rhodostethia rosea - P

Belcher's Gull Larus belcheri - PV

Black-tailed Gull Larus crassirostris

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

Phaethontiformes - Tropicbirds

Phaethontidae - Tropicbirds

White-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon lepturus - P

Red-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon rubricauda

Gaviiformes - Loons

Gaviidae - Loons

Arctic Loon Gavia arctica

Procellariiformes - Tube-nosed Swimmers

Diomedeidae - Albatrosses

White-capped Albatross Thalassarche cauta - P

Chatham Albatross Thalassarche eremita - P

Salvin's Albatross Thalassarche salvini - P

Light-mantled Albatross Phoebetria palpebrata - PV

Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans - P

Short-tailed Albatross Phoebastria albatrus

Hydrobatidae - Northern Storm-Petrels

Ringed Storm-Petrel Hydrobates hornbyi - P

Ainley's Storm-Petrel Hydrobates cheimomnestes - T

Band-rumped Storm-Petrel Hydrobates castro - P

Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel Hydrobates tethys

Tristram's Storm-Petrel Hydrobates tristrami - P

Procellariidae - Shearwaters and Petrels

Gray-faced Petrel Pterodroma gouldi - PV

Kermadec Petrel Pterodroma neglecta - P

Stejneger's Petrel Pterodroma longirostris - P

Bulwer's Petrel Bulweria bulwerii - P

Jouanin's Petrel Bulweria fallax - P

White-chinned Petrel Procellaria aequinoctialis - PV

Parkinson's Petrel Procellaria parkinsoni - P

Streaked Shearwater Calonectris leucomelas

Cory's Shearwater Calonectris diomedea - P

Wedge-tailed Shearwater Ardenna pacifica - P

Great Shearwater Ardenna gravis - P

Newell's Shearwater Puffinus newelli

Ciconiiformes - Storks

Ciconiidae - Storks

Wood Stork Mycteria americana

Suliformes - Frigatebirds, Boobies, Cormorants, Darters, and Allies

Fregatidae - Frigatebirds

Lesser Frigatebird Fregata ariel - P

Great Frigatebird Fregata minor - P

Sulidae - Boobies and Gannets

Northern Gannet Morus bassanus - P

Anhingidae - Darters

Anhinga Anhinga anhinga - P

Pelecaniformes - Pelicans, Herons, Ibises, and Allies

Threskiornithidae - Ibises and Spoonbills

White Ibis Eudocimus albus

Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus - P

Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja

Cathartiformes - New World Vultures

Cathartidae - New World Vultures

Black Vulture Coragyps atratus - P

Accipitriformes - Hawks, Kites, Eagles, and Allies

Accipitridae - Hawks, Kites, Eagles, and Allies

Swallow-tailed Kite Elanoides forficatus - P

Common Black Hawk Buteogallus anthracinus - P

Gray Hawk Buteo plagiatus - PV

Strigiformes - Owls

Strigidae - Typical Owls

Snowy Owl Bubo scandiacus

Elf Owl Micrathene whitneyi

Piciformes - Puffbirds, Jacamars, Toucans, Woodpeckers, and Allies

Picidae - Woodpeckers and Allies

Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla - P

Red-headed Woodpecker Melanerpes erythrocephalus

Falconiformes - Caracaras and Falcons

Falconidae - Caracaras and Falcons

Crested Caracara Caracara plancus - PV

Eurasian Kestrel Falco tinnunculus - P

Gyrfalcon Falco rusticolus

Passeriformes - Passerine Birds

Tyrannidae - Tyrant Flycatchers

Small-billed Elaenia Elaenia parvirostris - P

Nutting's Flycatcher Myiarchus nuttingi - PVA

Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher Myiodynastes luteiventris - PV

Couch's Kingbird Tyrannus couchii - PA

Thick-billed Kingbird Tyrannus crassirostris - PVA

Fork-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus savana - P

Greater Pewee Contopus pertinax

Eastern Wood-Pewee Contopus virens - PA

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher Empidonax flaviventris

Alder Flycatcher Empidonax alnorum

Buff-breasted Flycatcher Empidonax fulvifrons - P

Laniidae - Shrikes

Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus - P

Corvidae - Crows and Jays

Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata

Alaudidae - Larks

Eurasian Skylark Alauda arvensis - PA

Locustellidae - Grasshopper-Warblers

Lanceolated Warbler Locustella lanceolata - P

Hirundinidae - Swallows

Cave Swallow Petrochelidon fulva - P

Phylloscopidae - Leaf Warblers

Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus - P

Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix - P

Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus

Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus - P

Arctic/Kamchatka Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus borealis/examinandus - P

Troglodytidae - Wrens

Winter Wren Troglodytes hiemalis - PA

Sedge Wren Cistothorus stellaris - PA

Mimidae - Mockingbirds and Thrashers

Curve-billed Thrasher Toxostoma curvirostre

Turdidae - Thrushes

Veery Catharus fuscescens - PA

Gray-cheeked Thrush Catharus minimus

Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina

Eyebrowed Thrush Turdus obscurus - PV

Rufous-backed Robin Turdus rufopalliatus - P

Muscicapidae - Old World Flycatchers

Bluethroat Cyanecula svecica - P

Siberian Rubythroat Calliope calliope - P

Red-flanked Bluetail Tarsiger cyanurus

Taiga Flycatcher Ficedula albicilla - P

Asian Stonechat Saxicola maurus - P

Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe

Motacillidae - Wagtails and Pipits

Eastern Yellow Wagtail Motacilla tschutschensis - PA

Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola - P

Gray Wagtail Motacilla cinerea - P

Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni - P

Fringillidae - Fringilline and Cardueline Finches and Allies

Brambling Fringilla montifringilla - PV

Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus - P

Black Rosy-Finch Leucosticte atrata

Oriental Greenfinch Chloris sinica - P

White-winged Crossbill Loxia leucoptera - P

Calcariidae - Longspurs and Snow Buntings

Smith's Longspur Calcarius pictus - PV

Emberizidae - Old World Buntings

Little Bunting Emberiza pusilla - P

Rustic Bunting Emberiza rustica - P

Passerellidae - New World Sparrows

Field Sparrow Spizella pusilla - P

LeConte's Sparrow Ammospiza leconteii

Baird's Sparrow Centronyx bairdii

Icteridae - Blackbirds

Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna - PA

Streak-backed Oriole Icterus pustulatus

Parulidae - Wood-Warblers

Louisiana Waterthrush Parkesia motacilla

Golden-winged Warbler Vermivora chrysoptera

Blue-winged Warbler Vermivora cyanoptera

Cerulean Warbler Setophaga cerulea

Tropical Parula Setophaga pitiayumi - PV

Golden-cheeked Warbler Setophaga chrysoparia

Red-faced Warbler Cardellina rubrifrons

Cardinalidae - Cardinals and Allies

Pyrrhuloxia Cardinalis sinuatus - P

Varied Bunting Passerina versicolor

Supplemental List

We also review records of the following species groups and hybrids

  • Taiga/Tundra Bean-Goose Anser fabalis/serrirostris
  • Salvin's/Chatham Albatross Thalassarche salvini/eremita
  • Golden-winged X Blue-winged Warbler Vermivora chrysoptera X V. cyanoptera