Kansas Bird Records Committee Review List

This review list is intended to be a guide for all potential contributors to the Kansas Bird Records Committee (KBRC), as it indicates the species of birds which are in need of documentation in Kansas. Additionally, any species NOT on the current checklist should always be documented. Instructions for documentation, and links for getting the checklist, report forms, or submission of an electronic report can be found at the bottom of this page. An excellent HTML document, "How to write convincing details," including instructions on taking field notes and making sketches, is available from Mike Patterson. If you have had a report "rejected" and are feeling "dejected" about it, you NEED to read this article.

The species listed below need to be documented for various reasons.

Species are listed in taxonomic order according to the most recent edition of the AOU checklist, and updated according to the most recent (2017) round of records accepted by the KBRC.

Species that have a notation in the column "Documentation not required from these counties" have a clickable link to show a map of counties where those species do not need to be reported. Species with without a notation in this column should be reported if seen anywhere in the state.

The last column refers to the most recent accepted KBRC record that is on file OR most recent confirmed record from Birds of Kansas (Thompson, et. al., 2011). Some species are expected annually in certain parts of Kansas. The most recent record for these species are usually from outside the expected areas - and refer to column #2, (Documentation not required from these counties). Some species are relatively new additions to the Review List and while there may be many sight or historical records, there are no KBRC records to date.

For a listing of only species with fewer than ten records (including hypothetical species) click here.
 

Common Name
Documentation not required from these counties:
KBRC accepted
records

Most
recent
record or valid report

Fulvous Whistling-Duck  

1 record since 1968

2007

Garganey  
6
2008
[Eurasian Wigeon]  
9
2017
American Black Duck

East of US 183

   
Mottled Duck

Barton & Stafford counties

   
[Tufted Duck]  
1
1996
King Eider  
1
1947
Common Eider  
1
1891
Harlequin Duck  
1
2001
Ruffed Grouse    no recent record 1991
Sharp-tailed Grouse    no recent record 1886
American Flamingo  
2
1972
Band-tailed Pigeon  
3
2005
Common Ground-Dove     2015
Groove-billed Ani  

no recent record

1992
[Lesser Nighthawk]  
2
2003
White-throated Swift  
6
2005
Mexican Violetear  

1

2011
Rivoli's Hummingbird  
2
2004
Black-chinned Hummingbird

SW Kansas

12
2015
Anna’s Hummingbird  
8
2010
Costa’s Hummingbird  
3
2005
Broad-tailed Hummingbird

West of I135/US81

16
2016
Allen’s Hummingbird  
1
1992
Calliope Hummingbird

West of I135/US81

15
2016
Broad-billed Hummingbird  

3

2011
Purple Gallinule     2003
Common Crane  

1

2008
[Wilson’s Plover]  
 3
2007
Mountain Plover

Western two tiers of counties

  2009
Hudsonian Godwit (fall)

to ascertain fall migration

2015
Ruff  
11
2014
Curlew Sandpiper  
7
2002
Red-necked Stint  
1
2012
Purple Sandpiper  

1

2015
[Little Stint]  

1

2017
White-rumped Sandpiper (fall)

to ascertain fall migration

  2014
Spotted Redshank  
1
1988
Pomarine Jaeger  
6
2015
Parasitic Jaeger  
13
2001
Long-tailed Jaeger  
6
2001
Long-billed Murrelet  

2

2015
Black-headed Gull  
10
2016
Ross's Gull  

1

2009
Mew Gull  
12
2013
[Glaucous-winged Gull]  
2
1998
Gull-billed Tern  
2
2002
[Arctic Tern]  
3
2005
Black Skimmer  
3
1977
Yellow-billed Loon  
5
2012
Wood Stork  
11
2014
Magnificent Frigatebird  
6
2010
Brown Booby  

1

2017
Anhinga     2009
Reddish Egret  
4
2017
Roseate Spoonbill  
12
2017
Black Vulture

SE Kansas

  2016
Swallow-tailed Kite  
15 records since 1968
2017
White-tailed Kite  
6
2017
Northern Goshawk     2017
Harris’s Hawk  
8
2017
Gray Hawk  
2
2005
[Flammulated Owl]  
1
2000
Western Screech-Owl

Morton County

5
2003
Williamson’s Sapsucker  
5
2017
Red-naped Sapsucker

Western two tiers of counties

10
2014
Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Morton County

  2017
American Three-toed Woodpecker  

1

2005
Crested Caracara  

2

2014
Gyrfalcon  
7
2011
Western Wood-Pewee

West of US281

  2016
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

East of I135/US81

   
Hammond's Flycatcher  
10
2016
Gray Flycatcher  
8
2014
Cordilleran Flycatcher

Morton County

4
 
[Black Phoebe]  
1
2001
Vermilion Flycatcher

Morton County

  2017
Ash-throated Flycatcher

SW and west central Kansas

  2002
Great Kiskadee  
2
2013
Piratic Flycatcher  

1

2015
Cassin's Kingbird

Western two tiers of counties

  2016
[Fork-tailed Flycatcher]  

1

1979
Black-capped Vireo  
no recent record
1885
Gray Vireo  
2
2014
Cassin's Vireo     2016
Plumbeous Vireo     2016
Pinyon Jay

 

  2003
Steller’s Jay

 

  2003
Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay

SW Kansas

   
Mexican Jay  
1
1906
Clark's Nutcracker     2017
Chihuahuan Raven

 

   
Common Raven  
 
2016
Violet-green Swallow

Western two tiers of counties

  2012
Cave Swallow  

11

2016
Mountain Chickadee

SW Kansas

  2000
[Juniper Titmouse]  
2
2001
Bushtit

SW Kansas

  2008
Pygmy Nuthatch     2017
Brown-headed Nuthatch  
1
1997
Canyon Wren  
5
2016
Pacific Wren  

2

2017
Winter Wren

East of K23

   
[Northern Wheatear]  
1
1997
Western Bluebird  
6
2008
Curve-billed Thrasher

SW Kansas

  2017
Sage Thrasher

Morton County

  2016
Phainopepla  
4
2005
Brambling  
1
2002
Pine Grosbeak     2004
[Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch]  

1

2006
Cassin’s Finch

SW Kansas

  2017
Canyon Towhee  
4
2016
Bachman’s Sparrow  
2
1949
Brewer’s Sparrow

Western two tiers of counties

  1961
Black-throated Sparrow  
10
2016
Sagebrush Sparrow  
3
1974
Hooded Oriole  
2
2016
Scott’s Oriole  
2
2012
Blue-winged Warbler

Eastern two tiers of counties

  2015
Swainson’s Warbler  
8
2010
Virginia’s Warbler

Morton County

13
1999
Connecticut Warbler  
10
2016
MacGillivray's Warbler

West of I135/US81

   
Cape May Warbler

East of I135/US81

   
Cerulean Warbler

Eastern three tiers of counties

   
Blackpoll Warbler (fall)     2011
Prairie Warbler

Eastern tier of counties

  2016
Black-throated Gray Warbler

West of I135/US81

  2004
Townsend's Warbler

West of US183

  1996
Hermit Warbler  
1
1964
Painted Redstart  
7
2017
Hepatic Tanager  

2

2014
Pyrrhuloxia  
7
2000


A downloadable and printable Rare Bird Report form (12 kb), and a downloadable and printable KOS Checklist (updated 2/2016, 22 KB) are available for your use; you will need Adobe's free Acrobat reader software to view and print these files. The KBRC report form is also available in Microsoft Word, Rich Text (RTF), Web page (HTML), and ascii text format. If you just right-click on those links you will be able to save the file to your computer's hard drive for future use.

You can also submit your report electronically, if your web browser is capable of reading forms. If not, or if you just like to submit records the old-fashioned way (paper and pencil), then download and print out one of the forms mentioned above.


Chuck Otte, KBRC secretary
last updated 2/4/2018 - CEO