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Species that have not yet occurred in the British Isles or are exceedingly rare, or are otherwise highly desirable.

Baikal Teal Baikal Teal Anas formosa
Canvasback Canvasback Aythya valisineria
Redhead Redhead Aythya americana
Steller's Eider Steller's Eider Polysticta stelleri
Harlequin Duck Harlequin Duck Histrionicus histrionicus
Barrow's Goldeneye Barrow's Goldeneye Bucephala islandica
Black-browed Albatross Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris
Yellow-nosed Albatross Yellow-nosed Albatross Thalassarche chlororhynchos
Soft-plumaged Petrel Soft-plumaged Petrel Pterodroma mollis
Zino's Petrel Zino's Petrel Pterodroma madeira
Black-capped Petrel Black-capped Petrel Pterodroma hasitata
Yelkouan Shearwater Yelkouan Shearwater Puffinus yelkouan
Barolo Shearwater Barolo Shearwater Puffinus baroli
Bulwer's Petrel Bulwer's Petrel Bulweria bulwerii
White-faced Storm Petrel White-faced Storm Petrel Pelagodroma marina
Madeiran Storm Petrel Madeiran Storm Petrel Oceanodroma castro
Swinhoe's Storm Petrel Swinhoe's Storm Petrel Oceanodroma monorhis
Pied-billed Grebe Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
Red-billed Tropicbird Red-billed Tropicbird Phaethon aethereus
American Bittern American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus
Least Bittern Least Bittern Ixobrychus exilis
Green Heron Green Heron Butorides virescens
Snowy Egret Snowy Egret Egretta thula
Ascension Frigatebird Ascension Frigatebird Fregata aquila
Magnificent Frigatebird Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens
Pygmy Cormorant Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmeus
Double-crested Cormorant Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
Black-winged Kite Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus
Eurasian Griffon Vulture Eurasian Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus
Short-toed Eagle Short-toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus
Long-legged Buzzard Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus
Lesser Spotted Eagle Lesser Spotted Eagle Aquila pomarina
Greater Spotted Eagle Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga
Bonelli's Eagle Bonelli's Eagle Aquila fasciata
Booted Eagle Booted Eagle Aquila pennata
Lesser Kestrel Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni
American Kestrel American Kestrel Falco sparverius
Amur Falcon Amur Falcon Falco amurensis
Eleonora's Falcon Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae
Houbara Bustard Houbara Bustard Chlamydotis undulata
Macqueen's Bustard Macqueen's Bustard Chlamydotis macqueenii
Little Bustard Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax
Baillon's Crake Baillon's Crake Porzana pusilla
Sora Sora Porzana carolina
Western Swamphen Western Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio
Allen's Gallinule Allen's Gallinule Porphyrio alleni
American Purple Gallinule American Purple Gallinule Porphyrio martinicus
Red-knobbed Coot Red-knobbed Coot Fulica cristata
American Coot American Coot Fulica americana
Sandhill Crane Sandhill Crane Grus canadensis
Sociable Lapwing Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius
White-tailed Plover White-tailed Plover Vanellus leucurus
Semipalmated Plover Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus
Killdeer Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
Lesser Sand Plover Lesser Sand Plover Charadrius mongolus
Greater Sand Plover Greater Sand Plover Charadrius leschenaultii
Caspian Plover Caspian Plover Charadrius asiaticus
Wilson's Snipe Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
Short-billed Dowitcher Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus
Hudsonian Godwit Hudsonian Godwit Limosa haemastica
Little Curlew Little Curlew Numenius minutus
Eskimo Curlew Eskimo Curlew Numenius borealis
Hudsonian Whimbrel Hudsonian Whimbrel Numenius hudsonicus
Slender-billed Curlew Slender-billed Curlew Numenius tenuirostris
Upland Sandpiper Upland Sandpiper Bartramia longicauda
Greater Yellowlegs Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
Solitary Sandpiper Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria
Grey-tailed Tattler Grey-tailed Tattler Tringa brevipes
Great Knot Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris
Western Sandpiper Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri
Red-necked Stint Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis
Long-toed Stint Long-toed Stint Calidris subminuta
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Calidris acuminata
Cream-coloured Courser Cream-coloured Courser Cursorius cursor
Oriental Pratincole Oriental Pratincole Glareola maldivarum
Slender-billed Gull Slender-billed Gull Chroicocephalus genei
Audouin's Gull Audouin's Gull Larus audouinii
Pallas's Gull Pallas's Gull Ichthyaetus ichthyaetus
Glaucous-winged Gull Glaucous-winged Gull Larus glaucescens
Thayer's Gull Thayer's Gull Larus thayeri
Armenian Gull Armenian Gull Larus armenicus
Royal Tern Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus
Elegant Tern Elegant Tern Sterna elegans
Lesser Crested/Royal Tern Lesser Crested/Royal Tern Thalasseus bengalensis/maxima
Lesser Crested Tern Lesser Crested Tern Sterna bengalensis
Cabot's Tern Cabot's Tern Thalasseus acuflavidus
Aleutian Tern Aleutian Tern Onychoprion aleuticus
Bridled Tern Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus
Sooty Tern Sooty Tern Onychoprion fuscatus
American Black Tern American Black Tern Chlidonias niger surinamensis
South Polar Skua South Polar Skua Stercorarius maccormicki
Brünnich's Guillemot Brünnich's Guillemot Uria lomvia
Long-billed Murrelet Long-billed Murrelet Brachyramphus perdix
Ancient Murrelet Ancient Murrelet Synthliboramphus antiquus
Tufted Puffin Tufted Puffin Fratercula cirrhata
Pallas's Sandgrouse Pallas's Sandgrouse Syrrhaptes paradoxus
Pin-tailed Sandgrouse Pin-tailed Sandgrouse Pterocles alchata
Black-bellied Sandgrouse Black-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles orientalis
Oriental Turtle Dove Oriental Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis
Mourning Dove Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
Yellow-billed Cuckoo Yellow-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus americanus
Black-billed Cuckoo Black-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus erythropthalmus
Eurasian Scops Owl Eurasian Scops Owl Otus scops
Ural Owl Ural Owl Strix uralensis
Northern Hawk Owl Northern Hawk Owl Surnia ulula
Pygmy Owl Pygmy Owl Glaucidium passerinum
Tengmalm's Owl Tengmalm's Owl Aegolius funereus
Common Nighthawk Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor
Red-necked Nightjar Red-necked Nightjar Caprimulgus ruficollis
Egyptian Nightjar Egyptian Nightjar Caprimulgus aegyptius
White-throated Needletail White-throated Needletail Hirundapus caudacutus
Chimney Swift Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
Pacific Swift Pacific Swift Apus pacificus
Little Swift Little Swift Apus affinis
White-rumped Swift White-rumped Swift Apus caffer
Belted Kingfisher Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Middle Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos medius
White-backed Woodpecker White-backed Woodpecker Dendrocopos leucotos
Syrian Woodpecker Syrian Woodpecker Dendrocopos syriacus
Three-toed Woodpecker Three-toed Woodpecker Picoides tridactylus
Black Woodpecker Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius
Grey-headed Woodpecker Grey-headed Woodpecker Picus canus
Eastern Phoebe Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
Willow Flycatcher Willow Flycatcher Empidonax traillii
Alder Flycatcher Alder Flycatcher Empidonax alnorum
Brown Shrike Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus
Long-tailed Shrike Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach
Southern Grey Shrike Southern Grey Shrike Lanius meridionalis
Steppe Grey Shrike Steppe Grey Shrike Lanius meridionalis pallidirostris
Masked Shrike Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus
Yellow-throated Vireo Yellow-throated Vireo Vireo flavifrons
Philadelphia Vireo Philadelphia Vireo Vireo philadelphicus
Siberian Jay Siberian Jay Perisoreus infaustus
Nutcracker Nutcracker Nucifraga caryocatactes
Cedar Waxwing Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
Siberian Tit Siberian Tit Poecile cinctus
Calandra Lark Calandra Lark Melanocorypha calandra
Bimaculated Lark Bimaculated Lark Melanocorypha bimaculata
White-winged Lark White-winged Lark Melanocorypha leucoptera
Black Lark Black Lark Melanocorypha yeltoniensis
Lesser Short-toed Lark Lesser Short-toed Lark Calandrella rufescens
Dupont's Lark Dupont's Lark Chersophilus duponti
Crested Lark Crested Lark Galerida cristata
Thekla Lark Thekla Lark Galerida theklae
Tree Swallow Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
Purple Martin Purple Martin Progne subis
Eurasian Crag Martin Eurasian Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne rupestris
Cliff Swallow Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
Mountain Chiffchaff Mountain Chiffchaff Phylloscopus sindianus
Eastern Bonelli's Warbler Eastern Bonelli's Warbler Phylloscopus orientalis
Green Warbler Green Warbler Phylloscopus nitidus
Basra Reed Warbler Basra Reed Warbler Acrocephalus griseldis
Moustached Warbler Moustached Warbler Acrocephalus melanopogon
Thick-billed Warbler Thick-billed Warbler Iduna aedon
Sykes's Warbler Sykes's Warbler Iduna rama
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler Eastern Olivaceous Warbler Iduna pallida
Western Olivaceous Warbler Western Olivaceous Warbler Iduna opaca
Olivaceous Warbler sp. Olivaceous Warbler sp. Iduna opaca/pallida
Upcher's Warbler Upcher's Warbler Hippolais languida
Olive-tree Warbler Olive-tree Warbler Hippolais olivetorum
Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler Locustella certhiola
Graceful Prinia Graceful Prinia Prinia gracilis
Eastern Orphean Warbler Eastern Orphean Warbler Sylvia crassirostris
Asian Desert Warbler Asian Desert Warbler Sylvia nana
Marmora's Warbler Marmora's Warbler Sylvia sarda
Spectacled Warbler Spectacled Warbler Sylvia conspicillata
Ménétries's Warbler Ménétries's Warbler Sylvia mystacea
Rüppell's Warbler Rüppell's Warbler Sylvia rueppelli
Cyprus Warbler Cyprus Warbler Sylvia melanothorax
Red-breasted Nuthatch Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis
Wallcreeper Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria
Short-toed Treecreeper Short-toed Treecreeper Certhia brachydactyla
Grey Catbird Grey Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
Northern Mockingbird Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
Brown Thrasher Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum
Spotless Starling Spotless Starling Sturnus unicolor
Siberian Thrush Siberian Thrush Geokichla sibirica
White's Thrush White's Thrush Zoothera dauma
Varied Thrush Varied Thrush Ixoreus naevius
Veery Veery Catharus fuscescens
Swainson's Thrush Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus
Hermit Thrush Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
Wood Thrush Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina
Eyebrowed Thrush Eyebrowed Thrush Turdus obscurus
Red-throated Thrush Red-throated Thrush Turdus ruficollis
Naumann's/Dusky Thrush Naumann's/Dusky Thrush Turdus naumanni
American Robin American Robin Turdus migratorius
Siberian Rubythroat Siberian Rubythroat Luscinia calliope
Siberian Blue Robin Siberian Blue Robin Luscinia cyane
Rufous-tailed Robin Rufous-tailed Robin Luscinia sibilans
White-throated Robin White-throated Robin Irania gutturalis
Rufous Bush Robin Rufous Bush Robin Erythropygia galactotes
Moussier's Redstart Moussier's Redstart Phoenicurus moussieri
Caspian Stonechat Caspian Stonechat Saxicola maurus variegatus
Isabelline Wheatear Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina
Red-tailed Wheatear Red-tailed Wheatear Oenanthe chrysopygia
Finsch's Wheatear Finsch's Wheatear Oenanthe finschii
White-crowned Black Wheatear White-crowned Black Wheatear Oenanthe leucopyga
Black Wheatear Black Wheatear Oenanthe leucura
Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush Monticola saxatilis
Blue Rock Thrush Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius
Brown Flycatcher Brown Flycatcher Muscicapa latirostris
Semi-collared Flycatcher Semi-collared Flycatcher Ficedula semitorquata
Mugimaki Flycatcher Mugimaki Flycatcher Ficedula mugimaki
Taiga Flycatcher Taiga Flycatcher Ficedula albicilla
Spanish Sparrow Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis
Rock Sparrow Rock Sparrow Petronia petronia
White-winged Snowfinch White-winged Snowfinch Montifringilla nivalis
Alpine Accentor Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris
Radde's Accentor Radde's Accentor Prunella ocularis
Blyth's Pipit Blyth's Pipit Anthus godlewskii
Buff-bellied Pipit Buff-bellied Pipit Anthus rubescens
Citril Finch Citril Finch Carduelis citrinella
Trumpeter Finch Trumpeter Finch Bucanetes githagineus
Pine Grosbeak Pine Grosbeak Pinicola enucleator
Evening Grosbeak Evening Grosbeak Hesperiphona vespertina
Ovenbird Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapilla
Northern Waterthrush Northern Waterthrush Parkesia noveboracensis
Golden-winged Warbler Golden-winged Warbler Vermivora chrysoptera
Blue-winged Warbler Blue-winged Warbler Vermivora cyanoptera
Black-and-white Warbler Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia
Tennessee Warbler Tennessee Warbler Leiothlypis peregrina
Common Yellowthroat Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
Setophaga warbler sp. Setophaga warbler sp. Setophaga sp.
Hooded Warbler Hooded Warbler Setophaga citrina
American Redstart American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla
Cape May Warbler Cape May Warbler Setophaga tigrina
Northern Parula Northern Parula Setophaga americana
Magnolia Warbler Magnolia Warbler Dendroica magnolia
Bay-breasted Warbler Bay-breasted Warbler Dendroica castanea
Blackburnian Warbler Blackburnian Warbler Setophaga fusca
Yellow Warbler Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia
Chestnut-sided Warbler Chestnut-sided Warbler Setophaga pensylvanica
Blackpoll Warbler Blackpoll Warbler Setophaga striata
Palm Warbler Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
Yellow-rumped Warbler Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
Zitting Cisticola Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis
Canada Warbler Canada Warbler Cardellina canadensis
Wilson's Warbler Wilson's Warbler Cardellina pusilla
Baltimore Oriole Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula
Brown-headed Cowbird Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
Bobolink Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorus
Pine Bunting Pine Bunting Emberiza leucocephalos
Rock Bunting Rock Bunting Emberiza cia
Cretzschmar's Bunting Cretzschmar's Bunting Emberiza caesia
Chestnut-eared Bunting Chestnut-eared Bunting Emberiza fucata
Yellow-browed Bunting Yellow-browed Bunting Emberiza chrysophrys
Yellow-breasted Bunting Yellow-breasted Bunting Emberiza aureola
Chestnut Bunting Chestnut Bunting Emberiza rutila
Black-faced Bunting Black-faced Bunting Emberiza spodocephala
Pallas's Reed Bunting Pallas's Reed Bunting Emberiza pallasi
Fox Sparrow Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca
Song Sparrow Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
White-crowned Sparrow White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
Savannah Sparrow Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
Lark Sparrow Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus
Eastern Towhee Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
Summer Tanager Summer Tanager Piranga rubra
Scarlet Tanager Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea
Rose-breasted Grosbeak Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus
Northern Cardinal Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
Blue Grosbeak Blue Grosbeak Passerina caerulea
Indigo Bunting Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea

Rare Rare

Species currently considered for acceptance by the British Birds Rarities Committee (or forms of equivalent rarity).

Lesser White-fronted Goose Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus
Ross's Goose Ross's Goose Anser rossii
Grey-bellied Brant Grey-bellied Brant Branta bernicla hrota/nigricans
Red-breasted Goose Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis
Whistling Swan Whistling Swan Cygnus columbianus columbianus
Black Duck Black Duck Anas rubripes
Blue-winged Teal Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
King Eider King Eider Somateria spectabilis
Black Scoter Black Scoter Melanitta americana
Bufflehead Bufflehead Bucephala albeola
Hooded Merganser Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus
Fea's Petrel Fea's Petrel Pterodroma feae
Fea's/Zino's Petrel Fea's/Zino's Petrel Pterodroma deserta/feae/madeira
Black Stork Black Stork Ciconia nigra
Little Bittern Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus
Squacco Heron Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides
Pallid Harrier Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus
Gyr Falcon Gyr Falcon Falco rusticolus
Little Crake Little Crake Porzana parva
Black-winged Stilt Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus
Pacific Golden Plover Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva
Great Snipe Great Snipe Gallinago media
Long-billed Dowitcher Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
Marsh Sandpiper Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis
Lesser Yellowlegs Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
Terek Sandpiper Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus
Spotted Sandpiper Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius
Calidris Calidris Calidris
Semipalmated Sandpiper Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla
Semipalmated/Western Sandpiper Semipalmated/Western Sandpiper Calidris pusilla/mauri
Least Sandpiper Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
Baird's Sandpiper Baird's Sandpiper Calidris bairdii
Stilt Sandpiper Stilt Sandpiper Calidris himantopus
Broad-billed Sandpiper Broad-billed Sandpiper Calidris falcinellus
Wilson's Phalarope Wilson's Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor
Collared Pratincole Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola
Black-winged Pratincole Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni
Ivory Gull Ivory Gull Pagophila eburnea
Bonaparte's Gull Bonaparte's Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia
Ross's Gull Ross's Gull Rhodostethia rosea
Laughing Gull Laughing Gull Larus atricilla
Franklin's Gull Franklin's Gull Larus pipixcan
American Herring Gull American Herring Gull Larus smithsonianus
Baltic Gull Baltic Gull Larus fuscus fuscus
Gull-billed Tern Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica
Caspian Tern Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia
orange-billed tern sp. orange-billed tern sp. Thalasseus bengalensis/elegans/maximus
Forster's Tern Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri
Whiskered Tern Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida
Great Spotted Cuckoo Great Spotted Cuckoo Clamator glandarius
Dark-breasted Barn Owl Dark-breasted Barn Owl Tyto alba guttata
Snowy Owl Snowy Owl Bubo scandiacus
Pallid Swift Pallid Swift Apus pallidus
European Roller European Roller Coracias garrulus
Isabelline Shrike Isabelline Shrike Lanius isabellinus
Lesser Grey Shrike Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor
Red-eyed Vireo Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
Penduline Tit Penduline Tit Remiz pendulinus
Iberian Chiffchaff Iberian Chiffchaff Phylloscopus ibericus
Western Bonelli's Warbler Western Bonelli's Warbler Phylloscopus bonelli
Hume's Leaf Warbler Hume's Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus humei
Arctic Warbler Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis
Great Reed Warbler Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus
Paddyfield Warbler Paddyfield Warbler Acrocephalus agricola
Booted Warbler Booted Warbler Iduna caligata
River Warbler River Warbler Locustella fluviatilis
Savi's Warbler Savi's Warbler Locustella luscinioides
Lanceolated Warbler Lanceolated Warbler Locustella lanceolata
Desert Whitethroat Desert Whitethroat Sylvia minula
Sardinian Warbler Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala
Grey-cheeked Thrush Grey-cheeked Thrush Catharus minimus
Black-throated Thrush Black-throated Thrush Turdus atrogularis
Thrush Nightingale Thrush Nightingale Luscinia luscinia
Red-flanked Bluetail Red-flanked Bluetail Tarsiger cyanurus
Siberian Stonechat Siberian Stonechat Saxicola maurus
Pied Wheatear Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka
Black-eared/Pied Wheatear Black-eared/Pied Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica/pleschanka
Black-eared Wheatear Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica
Desert Wheatear Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti
Collared Flycatcher Collared Flycatcher Ficedula albicollis
Black-headed Wagtail Black-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava feldegg
Tawny Pipit Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris
Pechora Pipit Pechora Pipit Anthus gustavi
Red-throated Pipit Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus
Parrot Crossbill Parrot Crossbill Loxia pytyopsittacus
Two-barred Crossbill Two-barred Crossbill Loxia leucoptera
Rustic Bunting Rustic Bunting Emberiza rustica
Black-headed Bunting Black-headed Bunting Emberiza melanocephala
Red-headed/Black-headed Bunting Red-headed/Black-headed Bunting Emberiza bruniceps/melanocephala
White-throated Sparrow White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
Dark-eyed Junco Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis

Scarce Scarce

Broadly speaking, species that are covered in British Birds' annual review of scarce species (and forms of similar rarity).

Lady Amherst's Pheasant Lady Amherst's Pheasant Chrysolophus amherstiae
Snow Goose Snow Goose Chen caerulescens
Black Brant Black Brant Branta bernicla nigricans
Ruddy Shelduck Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea
American Wigeon American Wigeon Anas americana
American Wigeon x Wigeon American Wigeon x Wigeon Anas americana x penelope
Green-winged Teal Green-winged Teal Anas carolinensis
Green-winged x Eurasian Teal Green-winged x Eurasian Teal Anas carolinensis x crecca
Ferruginous Duck Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca
Ring-necked Duck Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
Lesser Scaup Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis
Surf Scoter Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata
White-billed Diver White-billed Diver Gavia adamsii
Cory's Shearwater Cory's Shearwater Calonectris diomedea
Great Shearwater Great Shearwater Puffinus gravis
Wilson's Storm Petrel Wilson's Storm Petrel Oceanites oceanicus
Leach's Storm Petrel Leach's Storm Petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa
White Stork White Stork Ciconia ciconia
Glossy Ibis Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
Night Heron Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Cattle Egret Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Purple Heron Purple Heron Ardea purpurea
Great White Egret Great White Egret Ardea alba
Honey Buzzard Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus
Black Kite Black Kite Milvus migrans
White-tailed Eagle White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla
Montagu's Harrier Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus
Rough-legged Buzzard Rough-legged Buzzard Buteo lagopus
Red-footed Falcon Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus
Great Bustard Great Bustard Otis tarda
Corncrake Corncrake Crex crex
Spotted Crake Spotted Crake Porzana porzana
Common Crane Common Crane Grus grus
Stone Curlew Stone Curlew Burhinus oedicnemus
American Golden Plover American Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica
Kentish Plover Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus
Temminck's Stint Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii
White-rumped Sandpiper White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis
Pectoral Sandpiper Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos
Buff-breasted Sandpiper Buff-breasted Sandpiper Tryngites subruficollis
Red-necked Phalarope Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus
Grey Phalarope Grey Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius
Sabine's Gull Sabine's Gull Xema sabini
Ring-billed Gull Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
Kumlien's Gull Kumlien's Gull Larus glaucoides kumlieni
White-winged Black Tern White-winged Black Tern Chlidonias leucopterus
Long-tailed Skua Long-tailed Skua Stercorarius longicaudus
Alpine Swift Alpine Swift Tachymarptis melba
European Bee-eater European Bee-eater Merops apiaster
Hoopoe Hoopoe Upupa epops
Wryneck Wryneck Jynx torquilla
Red-backed Shrike Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio
Great Grey Shrike Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor
Woodchat Shrike Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator
Golden Oriole Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus
Short-toed Lark Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla
Red-rumped Swallow Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica
Cetti's Warbler Cetti's Warbler Cettia cetti
Siberian Chiffchaff Siberian Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita tristis
Dusky Warbler Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus
Dusky/Radde's Warbler Dusky/Radde's Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus/schwarzi
Radde's Warbler Radde's Warbler Phylloscopus schwarzi
Pallas's Warbler Pallas's Warbler Phylloscopus proregulus
Greenish Warbler Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus trochiloides
Aquatic Warbler Aquatic Warbler Acrocephalus paludicola
Blyth's Reed Warbler Blyth's Reed Warbler Acrocephalus dumetorum
Marsh Warbler Marsh Warbler Acrocephalus palustris
Melodious Warbler Melodious Warbler Hippolais polyglotta
Icterine Warbler Icterine Warbler Hippolais icterina
Barred Warbler Barred Warbler Sylvia nisoria
Subalpine Warbler Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans
Rose-coloured Starling Rose-coloured Starling Pastor roseus
Bluethroat Bluethroat Luscinia svecica
Red-breasted Flycatcher Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva
Black-bellied Dipper Black-bellied Dipper Cinclus cinclus cinclus
Grey-headed Wagtail Grey-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava thunbergi
Citrine Wagtail Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola
Richard's Pipit Richard's Pipit Anthus richardi
Olive-backed Pipit Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni
Serin Serin Serinus serinus
Arctic Redpoll Arctic Redpoll Carduelis hornemanni
Common Rosefinch Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus
Ortolan Bunting Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana
Little Bunting Little Bunting Emberiza pusilla

Local Local

Generally fairly regular or common species that a 'county lister' or a birding beginner might be interested in going to see.

Capercaillie Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus
Black Grouse Black Grouse Lyrurus tetrix
Ptarmigan Ptarmigan Lagopus muta
Quail Quail Coturnix coturnix
Golden Pheasant Golden Pheasant Chrysolophus pictus
Bean Goose Bean Goose Anser fabalis
Taiga Bean Goose Taiga Bean Goose Anser fabalis fabalis
Tundra Bean Goose Tundra Bean Goose Anser fabalis rossicus
White-fronted Goose White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons
Greenland White-fronted Goose Greenland White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons flavirostris
Eurasian White-fronted Goose Eurasian White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons albifrons
Brent Goose Brent Goose Branta bernicla
Dark-bellied Brent Goose Dark-bellied Brent Goose Branta bernicla bernicla
Pale-bellied Brent Goose Pale-bellied Brent Goose Branta bernicla hrota
Bewick's Swan Bewick's Swan Cygnus columbianus bewickii
Whooper Swan Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus
Mandarin Duck Mandarin Duck Aix galericulata
Garganey Garganey Anas querquedula
Ferruginous Duck x Pochard Ferruginous Duck x Pochard Aythya nyroca x ferina
Scaup Scaup Aythya marila
Eider Eider Somateria mollissima
Velvet Scoter Velvet Scoter Melanitta fusca
Long-tailed Duck Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis
Smew Smew Mergellus albellus
Ruddy Duck Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
Red-throated Diver Red-throated Diver Gavia stellata
Black-throated Diver Black-throated Diver Gavia arctica
Great Northern Diver Great Northern Diver Gavia immer
Fulmar Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis
Sooty Shearwater Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus
Manx Shearwater Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus
Balearic Shearwater Balearic Shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus
European Storm Petrel European Storm Petrel Hydrobates pelagicus
Red-necked Grebe Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena
Slavonian Grebe Slavonian Grebe Podiceps auritus
Black-necked Grebe Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
Spoonbill Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia
Bittern Bittern Botaurus stellaris
Little Egret Little Egret Egretta garzetta
Gannet Gannet Morus bassanus
Shag Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis
Osprey Osprey Pandion haliaetus
Red Kite Red Kite Milvus milvus
Marsh Harrier Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus
Hen Harrier Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus
Goshawk Goshawk Accipiter gentilis
Golden Eagle Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos
Merlin Merlin Falco columbarius
Peregrine Falcon Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
Avocet Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta
Dotterel Dotterel Charadrius morinellus
Woodcock Woodcock Scolopax rusticola
Jack Snipe Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus
Whimbrel Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
Spotted Redshank Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus
Wood Sandpiper Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola
Little Stint Little Stint Calidris minuta
Curlew Sandpiper Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
Purple Sandpiper Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima
Kittiwake Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla
Little Gull Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus
Mediterranean Gull Mediterranean Gull Ichthyaetus melanocephalus
Glaucous Gull Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus
Iceland Gull Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides
Caspian Gull Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans
Yellow-legged Gull Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis
Sandwich Tern Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis
Little Tern Little Tern Sternula albifrons
Roseate Tern Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii
Arctic Tern Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea
Black Tern Black Tern Chlidonias niger
Great Skua Great Skua Stercorarius skua
Pomarine Skua Pomarine Skua Stercorarius pomarinus
Little Auk Little Auk Alle alle
Razorbill Razorbill Alca torda
Black Guillemot Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle
Puffin Puffin Fratercula arctica
Turtle Dove Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur
Long-eared Owl Long-eared Owl Asio otus
Short-eared Owl Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus
Nightjar Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos minor
Chough Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
Hooded Crow Hooded Crow Corvus cornix
Waxwing Waxwing Bombycilla garrulus
Willow Tit Willow Tit Poecile montanus
Crested Tit Crested Tit Lophophanes cristatus
Bearded Tit Bearded Tit Panurus biarmicus
Woodlark Woodlark Lullula arborea
Shore Lark Shore Lark Eremophila alpestris
Wood Warbler Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix
Yellow-browed Warbler Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus
Grasshopper Warbler Grasshopper Warbler Locustella naevia
Dartford Warbler Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata
Firecrest Firecrest Regulus ignicapilla
Ring Ouzel Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus
Nightingale Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos
Black Redstart Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros
Pied Flycatcher Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca
Blue-headed Wagtail Blue-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava flava
White Wagtail White Wagtail Motacilla alba
Water Pipit Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta
Common Redpoll Common Redpoll Carduelis flammea
Twite Twite Carduelis flavirostris
Scottish Crossbill Scottish Crossbill Loxia scotica
Northern Bullfinch Northern Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula pyrrhula
Hawfinch Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes
Cirl Bunting Cirl Bunting Emberiza cirlus
Lapland Bunting Lapland Bunting Calcarius lapponicus
Snow Bunting Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis

Common Common

Common species, including species that are certain or probable escapees from captivity when occurring in the British Isles.

Red Grouse Red Grouse Lagopus lagopus scotica
Red-legged Partridge Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa
Grey Partridge Grey Partridge Perdix perdix
Pheasant Pheasant Phasianus colchicus
Pink-footed Goose Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus
Greylag Goose Greylag Goose Anser anser
Canada Goose Canada Goose Branta canadensis
Barnacle Goose Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis
Mute Swan Mute Swan Cygnus olor
Egyptian Goose Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiaca
Shelduck Shelduck Tadorna tadorna
Gadwall Gadwall Anas strepera
Wigeon Wigeon Anas penelope
Mallard Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Shoveler Shoveler Anas clypeata
Pintail Pintail Anas acuta
Teal Teal Anas crecca
Red-crested Pochard Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina
Pochard Pochard Aythya ferina
Tufted Duck Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula
Common Scoter Common Scoter Melanitta nigra
Goldeneye Goldeneye Bucephala clangula
Goosander Goosander Mergus merganser
Red-breasted Merganser Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator
Little Grebe Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
Great Crested Grebe Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus
Greater Flamingo Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus
Grey Heron Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
Cormorant Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
Sparrowhawk Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus
Common Buzzard Common Buzzard Buteo buteo
Common Kestrel Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
Hobby Hobby Falco subbuteo
Lanner Falcon Lanner Falcon Falco biarmicus
Saker Falcon Saker Falcon Falco cherrug
Water Rail Water Rail Rallus aquaticus
Moorhen Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
Coot Coot Fulica atra
Oystercatcher Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus
Lapwing Lapwing Vanellus vanellus
Golden Plover Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria
Grey Plover Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola
Ringed Plover Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula
Little Ringed Plover Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius
Common Snipe Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago
Black-tailed Godwit Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa
Bar-tailed Godwit Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica
Curlew Curlew Numenius arquata
Common Redshank Common Redshank Tringa totanus
Greenshank Greenshank Tringa nebularia
Green Sandpiper Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus
Common Sandpiper Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
Turnstone Turnstone Arenaria interpres
Knot Knot Calidris canutus
Sanderling Sanderling Calidris alba
Dunlin Dunlin Calidris alpina
Ruff Ruff Philomachus pugnax
Black-headed Gull Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Common Gull Common Gull Larus canus
Great Black-backed Gull Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus
Herring Gull Herring Gull Larus argentatus
Lesser Black-backed Gull Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus
Common Tern Common Tern Sterna hirundo
Arctic Skua Arctic Skua Stercorarius parasiticus
Guillemot Guillemot Uria aalge
Feral Pigeon/Rock Dove Feral Pigeon/Rock Dove Columba livia
Stock Dove Stock Dove Columba oenas
Wood Pigeon Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus
Collared Dove Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
Ring-necked Parakeet Ring-necked Parakeet Psittacula krameri
Cuckoo Cuckoo Cuculus canorus
Barn Owl Barn Owl Tyto alba
Tawny Owl Tawny Owl Strix aluco
Little Owl Little Owl Athene noctua
Common Swift Common Swift Apus apus
Common Kingfisher Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
Great Spotted Woodpecker Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major
Green Woodpecker Green Woodpecker Picus viridis
Jay Jay Garrulus glandarius
Magpie Magpie Pica pica
Jackdaw Jackdaw Coloeus monedula
Rook Rook Corvus frugilegus
Carrion Crow Carrion Crow Corvus corone
Raven Raven Corvus corax
Marsh Tit Marsh Tit Poecile palustris
Coal Tit Coal Tit Periparus ater
Great Tit Great Tit Parus major
Blue Tit Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus
Skylark Skylark Alauda arvensis
Sand Martin Sand Martin Riparia riparia
Swallow Swallow Hirundo rustica
House Martin House Martin Delichon urbicum
Long-tailed Tit Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus
Willow Warbler Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus
Chiffchaff Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita
Sedge Warbler Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
Reed Warbler Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus
Blackcap Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
Garden Warbler Garden Warbler Sylvia borin
Lesser Whitethroat Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca
Common Whitethroat Common Whitethroat Sylvia communis
Goldcrest Goldcrest Regulus regulus
Wren Wren Troglodytes troglodytes
Nuthatch Nuthatch Sitta europaea
Common Treecreeper Common Treecreeper Certhia familiaris
Starling Starling Sturnus vulgaris
Blackbird Blackbird Turdus merula
Fieldfare Fieldfare Turdus pilaris
Redwing Redwing Turdus iliacus
Song Thrush Song Thrush Turdus philomelos
Mistle Thrush Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus
Robin Robin Erithacus rubecula
Common Redstart Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus
Whinchat Whinchat Saxicola rubetra
European Stonechat European Stonechat Saxicola rubicola
Northern Wheatear Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe
Spotted Flycatcher Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata
Dipper Dipper Cinclus cinclus
House Sparrow House Sparrow Passer domesticus
Tree Sparrow Tree Sparrow Passer montanus
Dunnock Dunnock Prunella modularis
Yellow Wagtail Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava
Grey Wagtail Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
Pied Wagtail Pied Wagtail Motacilla alba yarrellii
Meadow Pipit Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis
Tree Pipit Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis
Rock Pipit Rock Pipit Anthus petrosus
Chaffinch Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs
Brambling Brambling Fringilla montifringilla
Greenfinch Greenfinch Chloris chloris
Siskin Siskin Carduelis spinus
Goldfinch Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis
Lesser Redpoll Lesser Redpoll Carduelis cabaret
Linnet Linnet Carduelis cannabina
Common Crossbill Common Crossbill Loxia curvirostra
Bullfinch Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula
Corn Bunting Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra
Yellowhammer Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella
Reed Bunting Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus

Ungraded

Species that are unlikely to appear as wild birds in Britain or Ireland

Tundra Swan Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus
Falcated Duck Falcated Duck Anas falcata
Marbled Duck Marbled Duck Marmaronetta angustirostris
White-headed Duck White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala
Great White Pelican Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus
Bald Eagle Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Egyptian Vulture Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus
Great Auk Great Auk Pinguinus impennis
Great Grey Owl Great Grey Owl Strix nebulosa
Daurian Starling Daurian Starling Agropsar sturninus
Cyprus Pied Wheatear Cyprus Pied Wheatear Oenanthe cypriaca

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