Rare Bird Review List

This list consists of all the birds that have either never or very rarely occurred in Ohio. Species on the Review List must be acceptably documented before adding them to the official record.

The OBRC considers changes to the Review List at its annual meetings. The list is compiled (beyond including all species never accepted for Ohio) by including all species averaging fewer than two records per year over the latest ten-year period, adding selected species that have averaged between two and three records per year in a similar span, then adding a few species whose populations are declining precipitously even if they exceed other numerical criteria (no species are in the list for this reason now, though in recent years examples have included Piping Plover and Loggerhead Shrike).

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
Fulvous Whistling-Duck
Trumpeter Swan (other than introduced birds)
Cinnamon Teal
Tufted Duck
King Eider
Common Eider
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Western Grebe
Common Ground-Dove
White-winged Dove
Smooth-billed Ani
Groove-billed Ani
White-throated Swift
Mexican Violetear
Anna’s Hummingbird
Allen’s Hummingbird
Calliope Hummingbird
Yellow Rail
Black Rail
Purple Gallinule
Whooping Crane
Northern Lapwing
Snowy Plover
Wilson’s Plover
Piping Plover
Eskimo Curlew
Long-billed Curlew
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Red-necked Stint
Eurasian Woodcock
Spotted Redshank
Parasitic Jaeger
Long-tailed Jaeger
Thick-billed Murre
Black Guillemot
Long-billed Murrelet
Ancient Murrelet
Atlantic Puffin
Ivory Gull
Black-headed Gull
Ross’s Gull
Black-tailed Gull
Heermann’s Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Kelp Gull
Sooty Tern
Least Tern
Large-billed Tern
Arctic Tern
Royal Tern
Arctic Loon
Pacific Loon
Black-capped Petrel
Leach’s Storm-Petrel
Wood Stork
Magnificent Frigatebird
Northern Gannet
Neotropic Cormorant
Great Cormorant
Brown Pelican
Tricolored Heron
Reddish Egret

White Ibis
Glossy Ibis
White-faced Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill
Swallow-tailed Kite
Mississippi Kite
Northern Goshawk
Harris’s Hawk
Swainson’s Hawk
Northern Hawk Owl
Burrowing Owl
Great Gray Owl
Boreal Owl
Red-naped Sapsucker
Red-cockaded Woodpecker
Black-backed Woodpecker
Crested Caracara
Prairie Falcon
Gray Flycatcher
Dusky Flycatcher
Say’s Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Loggerhead Shrike
Black-billed Magpie
Fish Crow
Violet-green Swallow
Cave Swallow
Boreal Chickadee
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Rock Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Northern Wheatear
Mountain Bluebird
Townsend’s Solitaire
Varied Thrush
Bohemian Waxwing
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Sprague’s Pipit
Pine Grosbeak
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch
Hoary Redpoll
Smith’s Longspur
Green-tailed Towhee
Spotted Towhee
Cassin’s Sparrow
Bachman’s Sparrow
Black-throated Sparrow
Lark Bunting
Baird’s Sparrow
Harris’s Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Bullock’s Oriole
Great-tailed Grackle
Swainson’s Warbler
Kirtland’s Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Painted Redstart
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak
Painted Bunting

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