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Texas Review List

Last Updated: 18 October, 2002

The TBRC requests details, including descriptions and photos if possible, of all records of the following species.


Review List A -- Rarities

These species, in general, include birds that have occurred four or fewer times per year anywhere in Texas over a ten-year average. The TBRC requests documentation for review for any new or any previously unsubmitted record of the below species no matter how long ago the record occurred. The TBRC also requests details on any record of a species not yet accepted on the Texas State List (see Species not yet documented for Texas).
NOTE: the numbers in parentheses that follow each species name indicate the number of accepted records and the number of outstanding submissions still in circulation as on 17 November, 2000 - e.g. "(5/1)" would mean there are five accepted State records, with one still in circulation. An asterisk after the first number - e.g. "(14*/0)" - indicates that there are one or more records of known/presumed returning birds which may be counted more than once in the total (if they were allocated separate TBRC record numbers). Note: for formerly non-Review species added to the Review list (e.g. Tamaulipas Crow), pre-Review data may not exist (marked with "?"). These statistics are courtesy of the former TBRC Secretary Greg Lasley, who privately maintains a Master List of every Texas rarity; Greg hopes to use these data to produce a book on the rare birds of Texas, in conjunction with past TBRC committee member Chuck Sexton.



Yellow-billed Loon (4/0)



Red-necked Grebe (15/2)


Yellow-nosed Albatross (3/0)


Shearwaters and Petrels

White-chinned Petrel (1/0)
Black-capped Petrel (2/0)
Stejneger's Petrel(1/0)
Greater Shearwater (9/0)
Sooty Shearwater (11/1)
Manx Shearwater (6/0)



Wilson's Storm-Petrel (1/0)
Leach's Storm-Petrel (18/1)



Red-billed Tropicbird (4/2)


Boobies and Gannets

Blue-footed Booby (2/0)
Brown Booby (15/0)
Red-footed Booby (1/0)



Jabiru (7/0)



Greater Flamingo (1/3)


Swans, Geese, and Ducks

Trumpeter Swan (2/1)
Brant (17/0)
American Black Duck (7/2)
White-cheeked Pintail (1/1)
Garganey (2/1)
Eurasian Wigeon (28/1)
King Eider (1/0)
Harlequin Duck (2/0)
Barrow's Goldeneye (4*/1)
Masked Duck (56/2)


Kites, Hawks, Eagles, and Harriers

Snail Kite (2/0)
Northern Goshawk (13/3)
Crane Hawk (1/0)
Roadside Hawk (3/1)
Short-tailed Hawk (11/2)


Caracaras and Falcons

Collared Forest-Falcon (1/0)


Rails, Gallinules, and Coots

Paint-billed Crake (1/0)
Spotted Rail (1/0)



Double-striped Thick-knee (1/0)


Plovers and Lapwings

Collared Plover (1/0)



Northern Jacana (27*/0)


Sandpipers and Phalaropes

Spotted Redshank (1/0)
Wandering Tattler (1/0)
Eskimo Curlew (18/0)
Surfbird (7/0)
Red-necked Stint (1/0)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (2/0)
Purple Sandpiper (13/0)
Curlew Sandpiper (8/0)
Ruff (19*/0)
Red Phalarope (27/0)


Skuas, Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers

Long-tailed Jaeger (13/0)
Little Gull (31*/2)
Black-headed Gull (20*/0)
Heermann's Gull (2/0)
Black-tailed Gull (1/0)
Mew Gull (15/2)
Thayer's Gull (43/6)
Iceland Gull (1/1)
Slaty-backed Gull (1/0)
Western Gull (2/0)
Yellow-footed Gull (1/0)
Great Black-backed Gull (31*/0)
Kelp Gull (3*/0)
Elegant Tern (2/0)
Roseate Tern (2/0)
Arctic Tern (3/0)
Brown Noddy (6/1)
Black Noddy (3/0)


Pigeons and Doves

Ruddy Ground-Dove (10/2)
Ruddy Quail-Dove (1/0)


Cuckoos, Roadrunners, and Anis

Mangrove Cuckoo (7/1)
Dark-billed Cuckoo (1/0)


Typical Owls

Snowy Owl (3/0)
Northern Pygmy-Owl (2/0)
Mottled Owl (1/0)
Stygian Owl (2/0)
Northern Saw-whet Owl (19/0)



White-collared Swift (4/0)



Green Violet-ear (28/4)
Green-breasted Mango (7/0)
Broad-billed Hummingbird (34*/9)
White-eared Hummingbird (9/1)
Berylline Hummingbird (2/2)
Violet-crowned Hummingbird (5/4)
Costa's Hummingbird (6/0)
Allen's Hummingbird (8/1)



Elegant Trogon (5/0)



Red-breasted Sapsucker (1/0)
Ivory-billed Woodpecker (3/0)


Tyrant Flycatchers

Greenish Elaenia (1/0)
Tufted Flycatcher (2/0)
Greater Pewee (7/3)
Buff-breasted Flycatcher (1/1)
Dusky-capped Flycatcher (11/2)
Piratic Flycatcher (1/0)
Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher (7*/2)
Thick-billed Kingbird (14/0)
Gray Kingbird (3/0)
Fork-tailed Flycatcher (11/1)
Rose-throated Becard (20*/3)
Masked Tityra (1/0)



Yellow-green Vireo (24/5)
Black-whiskered Vireo (13/5)
Yucatan Vireo (1/0)


Jays, Magpies, and Crows

Clark's Nutcracker (13/0)
Black-billed Magpie (3/2)
Tamaulipas Crow (?)



Gray-breasted Martin (2/0)


Chickadees and Titmice

Black-capped Chickadee (1/0)



American Dipper (6/0)


Old World Warblers, Flycatchers, and Thrushes

Northern Wheatear (1/0)
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush (1/0)
White-throated Robin (3/0)
Rufous-backed Robin (7/2)
Varied Thrush (17/1)
Aztec Thrush (4/0)


Mockingbirds and Thrashers

Black Catbird (1/0)
Blue Mockingbird (1/0)



Bohemian Waxwing (8/3)



Gray Silky-flycatcher (2/0)


Olive Warbler

Olive Warbler (4/0)


Wood-Warblers, Tanagers, Sparrows and Blackbirds

Connecticut Warbler (7/4)
Gray-crowned Yellowthroat (39/1)
Red-faced Warbler (17/2)
Slate-throated Redstart (2/1)
Golden-crowned Warbler (10/2)
Rufous-capped Warbler (16/1)

Flame-colored Tanager (2/1)

Yellow-faced Grassquit (1/1)
Baird's Sparrow (29/8)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (22*/2)
Yellow-eyed Junco (7/1)
Snow Bunting (4/1)

Crimson-collared Grosbeak (8/0)
Blue Bunting (21/3)

Shiny Cowbird (5/3)
Black-vented Oriole (2*/0)


Northern Finches

Pine Grosbeak (4/0)
White-winged Crossbill (3/0)
Common Redpoll (5/0)
Lawrence's Goldfinch (12/0)

Review List B

List of recognizable subspecies which, if they were elevated to full species status, would qualify for placement under Review List A: Reports of these subspecies will always be solicited and formally reviewed. Three such subspecies have been accepted:

Green-winged ("Eurasian") Teal (1/0), Yellow ("Mangrove") Warbler (2/0), Dark-eyed ("White-winged") Junco (2/0).


Presumptive Species List

The following is the official TBRC list of species for which written descriptions of sight records have been accepted by the TBRC but the species has not yet met the requirements for full acceptance on the Texas List (specimen, photo, video, or audio recording for at least one record). NOTE: any species marked "*" below have recent records in circulation that include identifying photographs, and will be elevated to Review List A when(if) those records are formally accepted.

Murre species (1/0), White-crowned Pigeon (1/0), Black Swift (1/0), Social Flycatcher (1/0), Crescent-chested Warbler (1/0).

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