Indiana Bird Records Committee (IBRC) evaluates the evidence for records of birds that are rare or unusual in Indiana and maintains a state checklist. The IBRC also maintains a Review List of birds that require documentation. Anyone observing a bird on the Review List should submit written documentation along with any photographic evidence to the IBRC chairman.

By judging the authenticity of these submitted reports, our aim is to contribute to the study of bird population and vagrancy.  For more information about our committee’s purpose and procedures, feel free to browse our Bylaws.


IBRC suggests birders follow the ABA Code of Birding Ethics

ABA Code of Birding Ethics


Here are some helpful articles to get you started documenting birds:


Document a Rare Bird

To document a rare bird in Indiana, please use our online documentation form.

Document Rare Bird

Golden-crowned Sparrow, April 2017. Photo by Matt Beatty.

Documentation of rare birds or questions about the IBRC should be directed to the IBRC Chairman, Kirk Roth at ( Beginning in 2018, eBird checklists are eligible rare bird documentation forms, when forwarded to the chair. Such checklists should include standard documentation normally found on the official documentation form (detailed description, habitat, elimination of similar species, etc…).


Understanding IBRC Codes

Understanding IBRC Codes

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