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.

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
Smooth-billed Ani
Groove-billed Ani
White-throated Swift
Mexican Violetear

Black-chinned Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Calliope Hummingbird

Allen’s Hummingbird
Purple Gallinule

Yellow Rail
Black Rail

Whooping Crane
Northern Lapwing
Wilson’s Plover

Snowy 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

Slaty-backed Gull
Kelp Gull
Sooty Tern
Least Tern
Large-billed Tern
Arctic Tern
Royal Tern
Arctic Loon
Pacific Loon
Leach’s Storm-Petrel

Black-capped Petrel
Wood Stork
Magnificent Frigatebird

Brown Booby
Northern Gannet

Great Cormorant

Neotropic Cormorant
Brown Pelican
Tricolored Heron
Reddish Egret 

White Ibis
White-faced Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill

White-tailed Kite
Swallow-tailed Kite
Northern Goshawk

Harris’s Hawk
Swainson’s Hawk
Northern Hawk Owl
Burrowing Owl
Great Gray Owl
Boreal Owl
Red-naped Sapsucker
Black-backed Woodpecker

Red-cockaded Woodpecker
Crested Caracara
Prairie Falcon
Tropical Kingbird

Western Kingbird

Gray Kingbird

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Gray Flycatcher
Dusky Flycatcher
“Western” (Pacific-Slope/Cordilleran) Flycatcher

Say’s Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher

Loggerhead Shrike
Black-billed Magpie
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

Chestnut-collared Longspur
Smith’s Longspur
Cassin’s Sparrow
Bachman’s Sparrow
Black-throated Sparrow
Lark Bunting
Brewer’s Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Baird’s Sparrow

Green-tailed Towhee

Spotted Towhee

Hooded Oriole
Bullock’s Oriole
Great-tailed Grackle
Swainson’s Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Painted Redstart
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak
Painted Bunting


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