Review List

The following Review List contains species that are considered rare or accidental in Pennsylvania. The Records Committee requests details including full descriptions, and if possible photographs or video/sound recordings, for review and possible inclusion on the Official State List.


As of July, 2020, the Official Tally of the Birds of Pennsylvania (Official State List) recognized by PORC is 435 species

The Pennsylvania Ornithological Records Committee will review reports of:

  1. Any species new to Pennsylvania (not included in the current checklist).
  2. Any of the species listed below.
  3. Reports of rarely-documented subspecies (for example, Audubon’s Warbler Dendroica coronata auduboni or Oregon Dark-eyed Junco), will also be reviewed.

Review List A – rarities
Review List B – extirpated Species
Recognizable forms and subspecies

Formerly on review list

Revised February, 2020

Review List A – rarities
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Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
Pink-footed Goose
Barnacle Goose
Cinnamon Teal
Tufted Duck
King Eider
Common Eider
Harlequin Duck
Barrow’s Goldeneye

Common Shelduck
Masked Duck
Pacific Loon
Yellow-billed Loon
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
Northern Fulmar
Black-capped Petrel
Cory’s Shearwater
Great Shearwater 

Wilson’s Storm-Petrel 

Leach’s Storm-Petrel
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel
White-tailed Tropicbird .                                                                                                                                                                      Brown Pelican
Magnificent Frigatebird                                                                                                                                                                Frigatebird species

Brown Booby

Northern Gannet

Tricolored Heron
Cattle Egret  (Except Southeast Counties: Philadelphia, Delaware, Bucks, Chester, Lancaster, York, Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lebanon, Berks, Montgomery, Lehigh, Northampton)
White-faced Ibis
White Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill
Wood Stork
Swallow-tailed Kite
Mississippi Kite
Swainson’s Hawk 

Yellow Rail

Black Rail
Clapper Rail
King Rail

Corn Crake
Spotted Rail
Purple Gallinule 

Piping Plover

Wilson’s Plover

Snowy Plover
American Oystercatcher
Black-necked Stilt
Long-billed Curlew
Black-tailed Godwit
Curlew Sandpiper

Purple Sandpiper (Except Erie)

Red Phalarope
Black-legged Kittiwake
Sabine’s Gull
Little Gull
Black-headed Gull
Franklin’s Gull
Ross’s Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull

Slaty-backed Gull 

Kelp Gull
Sooty Tern

White-winged Tern

Gull-billed Tern
Roseate Tern
Least Tern
Arctic Tern
Royal Tern
Sandwich Tern
Black Skimmer
Parasitic Jaeger
Pomarine Jaeger
Long-tailed Jaeger
Thick-billed Murre
Black Guillemot
Ancient Murrelet
Long-billed Murrelet
Band-tailed Pigeon
White-winged Dove
Common Ground Dove
Northern Hawk Owl
Great Gray Owl
Boreal Owl
Bahama Woodstar
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Calliope Hummingbird
Allen’s Hummingbird
Lewis’s Woodpecker
Black-backed Woodpecker

Prairie Falcon

Crested Caracara

Hammond’s Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Say’s Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher

Tropical Kingbird
Western Kingbird
Gray Kingbird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Fork-tailed Flycatcher
Loggerhead Shrike
Violet-green Swallow
Cave Swallow
Boreal Chickadee                                                                                                                                                                                       Rock Wren
Bewick’s Wren                                                                                                                                                                                  European Robin
Northern Wheatear
Mountain Bluebird
Townsend’s Solitaire
Bicknell’s Thrush
Varied Thrush
Bohemian Waxwing
Swainson’s Warbler
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Kirtland’s Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Green-tailed Towhee
Spotted Towhee
Bachman’s Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Lark Bunting
Le Conte’s Sparrow
Saltmarsh Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
Harris’s Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak
Lazuli Bunting

Varied Bunting
Painted Bunting
Western Meadowlark
Brewer’s Blackbird
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Shiny Cowbird
Bullock’s Oriole
Scott’s Oriole
Pine Grosbeak                                                                                                                                                                                        Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch
Hoary Redpoll

Review List B – Extirpated Species
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Greater Prairie-Chicken
Eskimo Curlew
Bewick’s Wren
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Bachman’s Sparrow

Recognizable forms and subspecies
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(Black) Brant (Branta bernicla nigricans)
Green-winged (Common) Teal (Anas crecca crecca)
Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warbler (Dendroica coronata auduboni)
White-crowned (Gambel’s) Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrus gambelii)
Dark-eyed Junco other than slate-colored subspecies (Oregon, Cassiar, White-winged)

Species formerly on Review List
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Rufous Hummingbird – removed due to increased frequency in late fall/early winter