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 Species that require full written details 

The following list represents those species on the official Arizona Bird Committee review list. Species in brackets [ ] have been accepted to the Arizona list, but have not been physically documented in the state. It is requested that reports of these species be accompanied by full details, including when possible, a photo, tape recording, video, or field sketch. Reports should be submitted to Gary Rosenberg, Secretary of the A.B.C. and co-regional editor of North American Birds, at P.O. Box 91856, Tucson, AZ, 85752-1856. They can be e-mailed to This list is revised on a yearly basis at the annual meeting of the A.B.C. This list was last revised August 2008 

Species that require sketch details for inclusion in North American Birds 

The species listed below are those considered rare or casual but have had at least forty records. The committee and North AmericanBirds editors feel that at least minimal (sketch) details are requested to be turned in with the details of the sighting in order for the sighting to be included in the NAB seasonal report, and for that sighting to be considered "official" with regard to the records keeping for the state. Sketch details should include a brief description of the bird, the circumstances surrounding the sighting (date, time, lighting conditions, distance to bird etc.). Sketch details can be sent to the NAB regional editors: Gary Rosenberg, P.O. Box 91856, Tucson, AZ 85752-1856, e-mail: ghrosenberg at, or Mark Stevenson, 4201 E. Monte Vista Dr., #J207, Tucson, AZ 85712, e-mail: drbrdr at  

List of Arizona Birds Considered Sketch and Review Species 

Sketch Details species, which are less rare, are indicated by a #. 

Ducks, Geese and Swans

Fulvous Whistling-Duck - Dendrocygna bicolor
Brant - Branta bernicla
Cackling Goose - Branta hutchinsii
Trumpeter Swan - Cygnus buccinator
Eurasian Wigeon - Anas penelope  #
Garganey - Anas querquedula
"Eurasian" Green-winged Teal - Anas crecca crecca
Tufted Duck - Aythya fuligula
Greater Scaup - Aythya marila  #
Harlequin Duck - Histrionicus histrionicus
Surf Scoter - Melanitta perspicillata  #
White-winged Scoter - Melanitta fusca  #
Black Scoter - Melanitta nigra
Long-tailed Duck - Clangula hyemalis  #
Barrow's Goldeneye - Bucephala islandica  #

Loons and Grebes

Red-throated Loon - Gavia stellata
Pacific Loon - Gavia pacifica  #
Yellow-billed Loon - Gavia adamsii
Least Grebe - Tachybaptus dominicus
Horned Grebe - Podiceps auritus  #
Red-necked Grebe - Podiceps grisegena

Tubenoses, Tropicbirds, Boobies, etc.

Laysan Albatross - Phoebastria immutabilis
Sooty Shearwater - Puffinus griseus
Leach's Storm-Petrel - Oceanodroma leucorhoa
Black Storm-Petrel - Oceanodroma melania
Least Storm-Petrel - Oceanodroma microsoma
White-tailed Tropicbird - Phaethon lepturus
Red-billed Tropicbird - Phaethon aethereus
Blue-footed Booby - Sula nebouxii
Brown Booby - Sula leucogaster
Anhinga - Anhinga anhinga
Magnificent Frigatebird - Fregata magnificens  

Large Wading Birds

Little Blue Heron - Egretta caerulea  #
Tricolored Heron - Egretta tricolor  #
Reddish Egret - Egretta rufescens
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - Nyctanassa violacea
White Ibis - Eudocimus albus
Glossy Ibis - Plegadis falcinellus
Roseate Spoonbill - Platalea ajaja
Wood Stork - Mycteria americana  

Birds of Prey

Swallow-tailed Kite - Elanoides forficatus
Red-shouldered Hawk - Buteo lineatus 
Broad-winged Hawk - Buteo platypterus
Short-tailed Hawk - Buteo brachyurus
White-tailed Hawk - Buteo albicaudatus
"Harlan's" Red-tailed Hawk - Buteo jamaicensis harlani  #
Rough-legged Hawk - Buteo lagopus  #
Aplomado Falcon - Falco femoralis  

Rails and Rail-like Birds

Purple Gallinule - Porphyrio martinica  


American Golden-Plover - Pluvialis dominica
Pacific Golden-Plover - Pluvialis fulva
Northern Jacana - Jacana spinosa
Wandering Tattler -
Tringa incana
Upland Sandpiper - Bartramia longicauda
Whimbrel - Numenius phaeopus  #
Hudsonian Godwit - Limosa haemastica
Ruddy Turnstone - Arenaria interpres
Black Turnstone - Arenaria melanocephala
Red Knot - Calidris canutus
Semipalmated Sandpiper - Calidris pusilla  #
White-rumped Sandpiper - Calidris fuscicollis
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper - Calidris acuminata
Buff-breasted Sandpiper - Tryngites subruficollis
Ruff - Philomachus pugnax
Short-billed Dowitcher - Limnodromus griseus  #
Red Phalarope - Phalaropus fulicarius  # 

Gulls, Terns and Jaegers

Black-legged Kittiwake - Rissa tridactyla
Sabine's Gull - Xema sabini  #
Laughing Gull - Leucophaeus atricilla
Heermann's Gull - Larus heermanni  #
Mew Gull - Larus canus
Western Gull - Larus occidentalis
Yellow-footed Gull - Larus livens
Herring Gull - Larus argentatus  #
Thayer's Gull - Larus thayeri
Lesser Black-backed Gull - Larus fuscus
Glaucous-winged Gull - Larus glaucescens
Glaucous Gull - Larus hyperboreus
Least Tern - Sternula antillarum  #
Gull-billed Tern - Gelochelidon nilotica
Arctic Tern - Sterna paradisaea
Royal Tern - Thalasseus maximus
Elegant Tern -
Thalasseus elegans
Black Skimmer - Rynchops niger
Pomarine Jaeger - Stercorarius pomarinus
Parasitic Jaeger - Stercorarius parasiticus
Long-tailed Jaeger - Stercorarius longicaudus

Doves, Parrots and Cuckoos

Ruddy Ground-Dove - Columbina talpacoti  #
Thick-billed Parrot - Rhynchopsitta
Black-billed Cuckoo - Coccyzus erythropthalmus
Groove-billed Ani - Crotophaga


Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl - Glaucidium brasilianum  # 

Swifts and Hummingbirds

Black Swift - Cypseloides niger
Chimney Swift - Chaetura pelagica
White-eared Hummingbird - Hylocharis leucotis  #
Berylline Hummingbird - Amazilia beryllina
Cinnamon Hummingbird - Amazilia rutila
Plain-capped Starthroat - Heliomaster constantii
Lucifer Hummingbird - Calothorax lucifer  #
Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Archilochus colubris
Bumblebee Hummingbird - Atthis heloisa
Allen's Hummingbird - Selasphorus sasin  #

Trogons and Quetzals

Eared Quetzal - Euptilotis neoxenus 


Red-headed Woodpecker - Melanerpes erythrocephalus
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - Sphyrapicus varius  #
Red-breasted Sapsucker - Sphyrapicus ruber
"Yellow-shafted" Northern Flicker - Colaptes
auratus auratus 


Tufted Flycatcher - Mitrephanes phaeocercus
Eastern Wood-Pewee - Contopus virens
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - Empidonax flaviventris
Acadian Flycatcher - Empidonax virescens
Least Flycatcher - Empidonax minimus
Eastern Phoebe - Sayornis phoebe  #
Nutting's Flycatcher - Myiarchus nuttingi
Great Crested Flycatcher - Myiarchus crinitus
Great Kiskadee - Pitangus sulphuratus
Couch's Kingbird - Tyrannus couchii
Eastern Kingbird - Tyrannus tyrannus  #
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Tyrannus forficatus  # 

Shrikes and Vireos

Northern Shrike - Lanius excubitor  #
White-eyed Vireo - Vireo griseus
Black-capped Vireo - Vireo atricapilla
Yellow-throated Vireo - Vireo flavifrons
Blue-headed Vireo - Vireo solitarius
Philadelphia Vireo - Vireo philadelphicus
Red-eyed Vireo - Vireo olivaceus
Yellow-green Vireo - Vireo flavoviridis

Jays and Swallows

Blue Jay - Cyanocitta cristata
Brown-chested Martin - Progne tapera
Cave Swallow - Petrochelidon fulva  

Chickadees, Wrens and Gnatcatchers

Black-capped Chickadee - Poecile atricapillus
Carolina Wren - Thryothorus ludovicianus
Winter Wren - Troglodytes troglodytes  #
Black-capped Gnatcatcher - Polioptila nigriceps  

Thrushes, Mimic Thrushes and Relatives

Northern Wheatear - Oenanthe oenanthe
Veery - Catharus fuscescens
Gray-cheeked Thrush - Catharus minimus
Wood Thrush - Hylocichla mustelina
Rufous-backed Robin - Turdus rufopalliatus  #
Varied Thrush - Ixoreus naevius  #
Aztec Thrush - Ridgwayia pinicola
Gray Catbird - Dumetella carolinensis  # (away from White Mountains)
Brown Thrasher - Toxostoma rufum  #
Blue Mockingbird - Melanotis caerulescens

Pipits, Wagtails and Waxwings

White Wagtail - Motacilla alba
Red-throated Pipit - Anthus cervinus
Bohemian Waxwing - Bombycilla garrulus


Blue-winged Warbler - Vermivora pinus
Golden-winged Warbler - Vermivora chrysoptera
Tennessee Warbler - Vermivora peregrina
Crescent-chested Warbler - Parula superciliosa
Tropical Parula - Parula pitiayumi
"Mangrove" Yellow Warbler - Dendroica petechia bryanti
Chestnut-sided Warbler - Dendroica pensylvanica #
Magnolia Warbler - Dendroica magnolia
Cape May Warbler - Dendroica tigrina
Black-throated Blue Warbler - Dendroica caerulescens
Black-throated Green Warbler - Dendroica virens
Blackburnian Warbler - Dendroica fusca
Yellow-throated Warbler - Dendroica dominica
Pine Warbler - Dendroica pinus
Prairie Warbler - Dendroica discolor
Palm Warbler - Dendroica palmarum
Bay-breasted Warbler - Dendroica castanea
Blackpoll Warbler - Dendroica striata
Cerulean Warbler - Dendroica cerulea
Prothonotary Warbler - Protonotaria citrea #
Worm-eating Warbler - Helmitheros vermivorum
Swainson's Warbler - Limnothlypis swainsonii
Ovenbird - Seiurus aurocapilla #
Louisiana Waterthrush - Seiurus motacilla #
Kentucky Warbler - Oporornis formosus
Connecticut Warbler - Oporornis agilis
Mourning Warbler - Oporornis philadelphia
Hooded Warbler - Wilsonia citrina #
Canada Warbler - Wilsonia canadensis
Slate-throated Redstart - Myioborus miniatus
Fan-tailed Warbler - Euthlypis lachrymosa
Rufous-capped Warbler - Basileuterus rufifrons


Scarlet Tanager - Piranga olivacea
Flame-colored Tanager - Piranga bidentata

Sparrows and Relatives

Eastern Towhee - Pipilo erythrophthalmus
American Tree Sparrow - Spizella arborea
Field Sparrow - Spizella pusilla
"Large-billed" Savannah Sparrow - Passerculus sandwichensis rostratus
Le Conte's Sparrow - Ammodramus leconteii
Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow - Ammodramus nelsoni
"Sooty" Fox Sparrow - Passerella iliaca unalaschcensis
"Large-billed" Fox Sparrow - Passerella iliaca megarhyncha
Harris's Sparrow - Zonotrichia querula #
Golden-crowned Sparrow - Zonotrichia atricapilla #
"White-winged" Dark-eyed Junco - Junco hyemalis aikeni
McCown's Longspur - Calcarius mccownii (away from SE Arizona)
Lapland Longspur - Calcarius lapponicus
Smith's Longspur - Calcarius pictus
Snow Bunting - Plectrophenax nivalis

Grosbeaks and Buntings

Yellow Grosbeak - Pheucticus chrysopeplus
Painted Bunting - Passerina ciris  #
Dickcissel - Spiza americana  #

Blackbirds and Orioles

Rusty Blackbird - Euphagus carolinus
Common Grackle - Quiscalus quiscula
Black-vented Oriole - Icterus wagleri
Orchard Oriole - Icterus spurius
Streak-backed Oriole - Icterus pustulatus
Baltimore Oriole - Icterus galbula


Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch - Leucosticte tephrocotis
Black Rosy-Finch - Leucosticte atrata
Purple Finch - Carpodacus purpureus