Review List

Revised February 2020

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 state’s Official List.

The Pennsylvania Ornithological Records Committee will review reports of:

  1. Species not included in the current checklist
  2. Species listed below
  3. Rarely-documented subspecies (for example, Audubon’s Warbler Dendroica coronata auduboni or Oregon Dark-eyed Junco)

Review List A: Rarities

Review List B: Extirpated species

Recognizable forms and subspecies

Formerly on review list

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
Anhinga
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
Surfbird
Curlew Sandpiper
Ruff
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
Dovekie
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
Chuck-will’s-widow
Bahama Woodstar
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Calliope Hummingbird
Allen’s Hummingbird
Lewis’s Woodpecker
Black-backed Woodpecker
Prairie Falcon
Crested Caracara
Gyrfalcon
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
Redwing
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
Brambling
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