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.

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 November 12, 2011

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
Masked Duck
Pacific Loon
Yellow-billed Loon
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
Northern Fulmar
Black-capped Petrel
Cory’s Shearwater
Great Shearwater
Leach’s Storm-Petrel
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel
White-tailed Tropicbird
Northern Gannet
Brown Pelican
Anhinga
Magnificent Frigatebird
Frigatebird species
Tricolored Heron
Cattle Egret
White-faced Ibis
White Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill
Wood Stork
Swallow-tailed Kite
Mississippi Kite
Swainson’s Hawk
Prairie Falcon
Gyrfalcon
Yellow Rail
Black Rail
Clapper Rail
King Rail
Spotted Rail
Purple Gallinule
Snowy Plover
Wilson’s Plover
Piping Plover
American Oystercatcher
Black-necked Stilt
Eskimo Curlew
Long-billed Curlew
Black-tailed Godwit
Surfbird
Curlew Sandpiper
Ruff
Red Phalarope
Black-legged Kittiwake
Sabine’s Gull
Black-headed Gull
Ross’s Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Slaty-backed Gull
Sooty Tern
Gull-billed Tern
Roseate 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
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Say’s Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Gray Kingbird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Fork-tailed Flycatcher
Loggerhead Shrike
Violet-green Swallow
Cave Swallow
Boreal Chickadee
Bewick’s Wren
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
Painted Bunting
Western Meadowlark
Brewer’s Blackbird
Shiny Cowbird
Bullock’s Oriole
Scott’s Oriole
Brambling
Pine Grosbeak
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