The Indiana Bird Records Committee (IBRC) evaluates the evidence for records of birds that are rare or unusual in Indiana.  The IBRC maintains this Review List of birds for which the committee would like to receive documentation.  The information obtained from observers is used to maintain an accurate state checklist, monitor changes in migration, irruption, or vagrancy of certain species, and to serve as part of Indiana’s ornithological history.  A number of species are regular along the Lake Michigan shoreline but rare elsewhere in Indiana, which is why the IBRC asks these species be documented when found inland.  A few other species below are regular at very isolated locations and observations away from these sites are also worthy of documenting.  Anyone observing a bird on the Review List, or any bird not already on the official state list, is encouraged to submit written documentation along with any photographic evidence to the IBRC chairman.


Fulvous Whistling-Duck Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Yellow-billed Loon Common Raven
Brant Curlew Sandpiper Band-rumped Storm-Petrel Boreal Chickadee
Eurasian Wigeon Purple Sandpiper * Wood Stork Cave Swallow
Mottled Duck Wandering Tattler Magnificent Frigatebird Bohemian Waxwing
Cinnamon Teal Spotted Redshank Brown Booby Pygmy/Brown-headed Nuthatch
King Eider Red Phalarope * Northern Gannet Rock Wren
Harlequin Duck * Pomarine Jaeger Anhinga Bewick’s Wren
Barrow’s Goldeneye Parasitic Jaeger * Neotropic Cormorant Sage Thrasher
Band-tailed Pigeon Long-tailed Jaeger Brown Pelican Mountain Bluebird
Common Ground-Dove Thick-billed Murre Tricolored Heron Townsend’s Solitaire *
Groove-billed Ani Long-billed Murrelet Reddish Egret Northern Wheatear
Mexican Violetear Ancient Murrelet White Ibis Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Black-chinned Hummingbird Black-legged Kittiwake * Roseate Spoonbill Brambling
Anna’s Hummingbird Sabine’s Gull * White-tailed Kite Pine Grosbeak
Calliope Hummingbird Little Gull * Swallow-tailed Kite Hoary Redpoll
Limpkin Black-headed Gull Swainson’s Hawk Thick-billed Longspur
Purple Gallinule Ross’s Gull Ferruginous Hawk Lark Bunting
Yellow Rail Black-tailed Gull Burrowing Owl Cassin’s Sparrow
Black Rail Short-billed Gull Black-backed Woodpecker Bachman’s Sparrow
Common Crane California Gull Gyrfalcon Green-tailed Towhee
Hooded Crane Iceland Gull * Prairie Falcon Spotted Towhee
Lesser Sand-Plover Slaty-backed Gull Monk Parakeet ***** Bullock’s Oriole
Snowy Plover Glaucous Gull * Great Kiskadee Audubon’s Oriole
Wilson’s Plover Great Black-backed Gull * Western Kingbird**** Great-tailed Grackle
Mountain Plover Kelp Gull Gray Kingbird Black-throated Gray Warbler
Whimbrel * Least Tern ** Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Townsend’s Warbler
Long-billed Curlew Gull-billed Tern Fork-tailed Flycatcher Kirtland’s Warbler
Black-tailed Godwit White-winged Tern Western Wood-Pewee Swainson’s Warbler
Red Knot * Roseate Tern Say’s Phoebe Western Tanager
Ruff Arctic Tern Vermilion Flycatcher Black-headed Grosbeak
Red-necked Stint Royal Tern Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay Lazuli Bunting
Black Skimmer Black-billed Magpie Painted Bunting

*Immediately away from Lake Michigan
**Away from 50 mile radius of Lake Michigan
***Away from Gibson, Greene, and Spencer Counties
****Away from Vanderburgh County
*****Away from Lake County

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