The official Manx List of wild birds

The official Manx List of wild birds is maintained by the Manx Birds Rarities Committee (MBRC), a sub-committee of the Manx Ornithological Society (MOS). The list documents all species deemed to have occurred in a wild state in the Isle of Man.

Records of scarce and rare Manx species as well as rare Manx breeding species are reviewed by the MBRC in the first instance. Those supported by adequate proof of identification and circumstances, and hence deemed to have been proven, are added to the official Manx List. Records of species that are rare in the wider context of the British Isles are scrutinised by the British Birds Rarities Committee (BBRC), while records of rare breeding birds are notified to the Rare Breeding Birds Panel (RBBP).

Geographical limits for Manx bird records

Birds are deemed to have occurred in the Isle of Man up to 12 nautical miles offshore from the island or the midway point between the Isle of Man and the United Kingdom, whichever is the lesser distance.

Table key


 Species that have been recorded on the Isle of Man in an apparently natural state at least once since 1 January 1950.

 Species that would otherwise be in category A, but have not been recorded since 31 December 1949.

B2  Extinct species

 In the Manx List, category C is sub-divided:

C  Species that have established breeding populations derived from introduced stock, that maintain themselves on the Isle of Man without necessary recourse to further introduction.

C*  Species fulfilling the above requirements in Britain, but which do not breed on the Isle of Man and have occurred naturally as visitors.

 Species that would otherwise appear in categories A or B except that there is reasonable doubt that they have ever occurred in a natural state.

 Species that have been recorded as introductions, transportees or escapes from captivity, and whose breeding populations (if any) are thought not to be self-sustaining.


B = Denotes the species is known to have bred in the Isle of Man on at least one occasion.


MBRC = Scarce and rare species for which a written description is required by the Manx Birds Rarities Committee.
(BBRC) = Rare species that are forwarded after initial consideration by MBRC to be scrutinised by the British Birds Rarities Committee.

Please note: All records should be submitted to MBRC in the first instance; those requiring BBRC scrutiny will be forwarded by MBRC to BBRC.

How to submit your records

Please use the online submissions form to send us your records. For scarce and rare species, please include a suitable description of the circumstances in which you found the bird, the specific observations you made and the basis for making the identification, along with field sketches and photographs wherever possible.

OrderCommon English nameScientific nameCatBredDescription
1Mute SwanCygnus olorACB
2Bewick's SwanCygnus columbianusA
3Whooper SwanCygnus cygnusA
4Bean GooseAnser fabalisBMBRC
5Pink-footed GooseAnser brachyrhynchusA
6White-fronted GooseAnser albifronsA
7Greylag GooseAnser anserACB
8Canada GooseBranta canadensisACB
9Barnacle GooseBranta leucopsisA
10Brent GooseBranta berniclaA
11ShelduckTadorna tadornaAB
12WigeonAnas penelopeA
13American WigeonAnas americanaAMBRC
14GadwallAnas streperaAC
15TealAnas creccaAB
16Green-winged TealAnas carolinensisAMBRC
17MallardAnas platyrhynchosACB
18PintailAnas acutaA
19GarganeyAnas querquedulaAMBRC
20Blue-winged TealAnas discorsAMBRC (BBRC)
21ShovelerAnas clypeataAB
22Red-crested PochardNetta rufinaAMBRC
23PochardAythya ferinaA
24Ring-necked DuckAythya collarisAMBRC
25Ferruginous DuckAythya nyrocaAMBRC
26Tufted DuckAythya fuligulaAB
27ScaupAythya marilaA
28EiderSomateria mollissimaAB
29King EiderSomateria spectabilisAMBRC (BBRC)
30Long-tailed DuckClangula hyemalisA
31Common ScoterMelanitta nigraA
32Surf ScoterMelanitta perspicillataAMBRC
33Velvet ScoterMelanitta fuscaA
34GoldeneyeBucephala clangulaA
35SmewMergellus albellusAMBRC
36Red-breasted MerganserMergus serratorAB
37GoosanderMergus merganserA
38Ruddy DuckOxyura jamaicensisC*B
39QuailCoturnix coturnixAB
40Red-legged PartridgeAlectoris rufaCB
41Red GrouseLagopus lagopusAB
42Grey PartridgePerdix perdixACB
43PheasantPhasianus colchicusCB
44Red-throated DiverGavia stellataA
45Black-throated DiverGavia arcticaA
46Great Northern DiverGavia immerA
47White-billed DiverGavia adamsiiAMBRC
48FulmarFulmarus glacialisAB
49Cory's ShearwaterCalonectris borealisAMBRC
50Great ShearwaterPuffinus gravisAMBRC
51Sooty ShearwaterPuffinus griseusA
52Manx ShearwaterPuffinus puffinusAB
53Balearic ShearwaterPuffinus mauretanicusAMBRC
54Macaronesian ShearwaterPuffinus baroliAMBRC (BBRC)
55Storm PetrelHydrobates pelagicusA
56Leach's PetrelOceanodroma leucorhoaA
57GannetMorus bassanusA
58CormorantPhalacrocorax carboAB
59ShagPhalacrocorax aristotelisAB
60Magnificent FrigatebirdFregata magnificensAMBRC (BBRC)
61BitternBotaurus stellarisAMBRC
62LittleIxobrychus minutusAMBRC (BBRC)
63Night HeronNycticorax nycticoraxAMBRC
64Cattle EgretBubulcus ibisAMBRC
65Little EgretEgretta garzettaA
66Great White EgretArdea albaAMBRC
67Grey HeronArdea cinereaAB
68Purple HeronArdea purpureaAMBRC
69White StorkCiconia ciconiaAE
70SpoonbillPlatalea leucorodiaAMBRC
71Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollisAB
72Great Crested GrebePodiceps cristatusA
73Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegenaAMBRC
74Slavonian GrebePodiceps auritusAMBRC
75Black-necked GrebePodiceps nigricollisAMBRC
76Honey-buzzardPernis apivorusAMBRC
77Black KiteMilvus migransAMBRC
78Red KiteMilvus milvusAC*MBRC
79White-tailed EagleHaliaeetus albicillaBMBRC
80Marsh HarrierCircus aeruginosusAMBRC
81Hen HarrierCircus cyaneusAB
82GoshawkAccipiter gentilisAC*MBRC
83SparrowhawkAccipiter nisusAB
84BuzzardButeo buteoAB
85Rough-legged BuzzardButeo lagopusAMBRC
86Golden EagleAquila chrysaetosAMBRC
87OspreyPandion haliaetusA
88Water RailRallus aquaticusAB
89Spotted CrakePorzana porzanaBMBRC
90Baillon'sPorzana pusillaBMBRC (BBRC)
91CorncrakeCrex crexABMBRC
92MoorhenGallinula chloropusAB
93CootFulica atraAB
94CraneGrus grusAMBRC
95Stone-curlewBurhinus oedicnemusAMBRC
96AvocetRecurvirostra avosettaAMBRC
97OystercatcherHaematopus ostralegusAB
98Golden PloverPluvialis apricariaAB
99Grey PloverPluvialis squatarolaA
100LapwingVanellus vanellusAB
101Little Ringed PloverCharadrius dubiusAMBRC
102Ringed PloverCharadrius hiaticulaAB
103Kentish PloverCharadrius alexandrinusAMBRC
104DotterelCharadrius morinellusAMBRC
105WhimbrelNumenius phaeopusA
106CurlewNumenius arquataAB
107Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosaA
108Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponicaA
109TurnstoneArenaria interpresA
110KnotCalidris canutusA
111RuffCalidris pugnaxA
112Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferrugineaA
113Temminck's StintCalidris temminckiiAMBRC
114SanderlingCalidris albaA
115DunlinCalidris alpinaA
116Purple SandpiperCalidris maritimaA
117Baird'sCalidris bairdiiAMBRC (BBRC)
118Little StintCalidris minutaA
119White-rumped SandpiperCalidris fuscicollisAMBRC
120Buff-breasted SandpiperCalidris subruficollisAMBRC
121Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotosAMBRC
122Wilson'sPhalaropus tricolorAMBRC (BBRC)
123Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatusAMBRC
124Grey PhalaropePhalaropus fulicariusAMBRC
125Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucosAB
126Green SandpiperTringa ochropusAMBRC
127Spotted RedshankTringa erythropusAMBRC
128GreenshankTringa nebulariaA
129LesserTringa flavipesBMBRC (BBRC)
130Wood SandpiperTringa glareolaAMBRC
131RedshankTringa totanusAB
132Jack SnipeLymnocryptes minimusA
133Long-billedLimnodromus scolopaceusAMBRC (BBRC)
134WoodcockScolopax rusticolaAB
135SnipeGallinago gallinagoAB
136GreatGallinago mediaBMBRC (BBRC)
137Pomarine SkuaStercorarius pomarinusAMBRC
138Arctic SkuaStercorarius parasiticusA
139Long-tailed SkuaStercorarius longicaudusAMBRC
140Great SkuaStercorarius skuaA
141PuffinFratercula arcticaAB
142Black GuillemotCepphus grylleAB
143RazorbillAlca tordaAB
144Great AukPinguinus impennisB2
145Little AukAlle alleAMBRC
146GuillemotUria aalgeAB
147BridledOnychoprion anaethetusAMBRC (BBRC)
148Little TernSternula albifronsAB
149Black TernChlidonias nigerAMBRC
150Sandwich TernSterna sandvicensisAB
151Common TernSterna hirundoAB
152Roseate TernSterna dougalliiAMBRC
153Arctic TernSterna paradisaeaAB
154Sabine's GullXema sabiniAMBRC
155KittiwakeRissa tridactylaAB
156Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundusAB
157Little GullHydrocoloeus minutusA
158Mediterranean GullLarus melanocephalusAMBRC
159Common GullLarus canusAB
160Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensisAMBRC
161Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscusAB
162Herring GullLarus argentatusAB
163Yellow-legged GullLarus michahellisAMBRC
164Iceland GullLarus glaucoidesA
165Glaucous GullLarus hyperboreusA
166Great Black-backed GullLarus marinusAB
167Pallas'sSyrrhaptes paradoxusBMBRC (BBRC)
168Rock Dove/Feral PigeonColumba liviaAB
169Stock DoveColumba oenasAB
170WoodpigeonColumba palumbusAB
171Collared DoveStreptopelia decaoctoAB
172Turtle DoveStreptopelia turturAMBRC
173MourningZenaida macrouraAMBRC (BBRC)
174GreatClamator glandariusAMBRC (BBRC)
175CuckooCuculus canorusAB
176Yellow-billedCoccyzus americanusAMBRC (BBRC)
177Barn OwlTyto albaAB
178ScopsOtus scopsAMBRC (BBRC)
179SnowyBubo scandiacusBMBRC (BBRC)
180Little OwlAthene noctuaC*MBRC
181Tawny OwlStrix alucoAMBRC
182Long-eared OwlAsio otusAB
183Short-eared OwlAsio flammeusAB
184NightjarCaprimulgus europaeusABMBRC
185SwiftApus apusAB
186Alpine SwiftApus melbaAMBRC
187HoopoeUpupa epopsA
188Bee-eaterMerops apiasterAMBRC
189RollerCoracias garrulusAMBRC (BBRC)
190KingfisherAlcedo atthisAB
191WryneckJynx torquillaAMBRC
192Green WoodpeckerPicus viridisA
193Great Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos majorAB
194KestrelFalco tinnunculusAB
195Red-footed FalconFalco vespertinusAMBRC
196MerlinFalco columbariusAB
197HobbyFalco subbuteoAMBRC
198GyrFalco rusticolusBMBRC (BBRC)
199PeregrineFalco peregrinusAB
200Ring-necked ParakeetPsittacula krameriC*
201Golden OrioleOriolus oriolusAMBRC
202Red-backed ShrikeLanius collurioAMBRC
203Great Grey ShrikeLanius excubitorAMBRC
204Southern Grey ShrikeLanius meridionalisAMBRC (BBRC)
205Woodchat ShrikeLanius senatorAMBRC
206ChoughPyrrhocorax pyrrhocoraxAB
207MagpiePica picaAB
208JayGarrulus glandariusAMBRC
209JackdawCorvus monedulaAB
210RookCorvus frugilegusAB
211Carrion CrowCorvus coroneAB
212Hooded CrowCorvus cornixAB
213RavenCorvus coraxAB
214GoldcrestRegulus regulusAB
215FirecrestRegulus ignicapillaAMBRC
216Blue TitCyanistes caeruleusAB
217Great TitParus majorAB
218Coal TitPeriparus aterAB
219Marsh TitPoecile palustrisAMBRC
220Bearded TitPanurus biarmicusAMBRC
221WoodlarkLullula arboreaAMBRC
222SkylarkAlauda arvensisAB
223Shore LarkEremophila alpestrisAMBRC
224CalandraMelanocorypha calandraAMBRC (BBRC)
225Sand MartinRiparia ripariaAB
226SwallowHirundo rusticaAB
227House MartinDelichon urbicumAB
228Long-tailed TitAegithalos caudatusAB
229Greenish WarblerPhylloscopus trochiloidesAMBRC
230Pallas's WarblerPhylloscopus proregulusAMBRC
231Yellow-browed WarblerPhylloscopus inornatusAMBRC
232Dusky WarblerPhylloscopus fuscatusAMBRC
233WesternPhylloscopus bonelliAMBRC (BBRC)
234Wood WarblerPhylloscopus sibilatrixABMBRC
235ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybitaAB
236Iberian ChiffchaffPhylloscopus ibericusAMBRC
237Willow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilusAB
238BlackcapSylvia atricapillaAB
239Garden WarblerSylvia borinAB
240Barred WarblerSylvia nisoriaAMBRC
241Lesser WhitethroatSylvia currucaAB
242WhitethroatSylvia communisAB
243Subalpine WarblerSylvia cantillansAMBRC
244SardinianSylvia melanocephalaAMBRC (BBRC)
245Grasshopper WarblerLocustella naeviaAB
246Icterine WarblerHippolais icterinaAMBRC
247Melodious WarblerHippolais polyglottaAMBRC
248AquaticAcrocephalus paludicolaAMBRC (BBRC)
249Sedge WarblerAcrocephalus schoenobaenusAB
250Blyth's Reed WarblerAcrocephalus dumetorumAMBRC
251Marsh WarblerAcrocephalus palustrisAMBRC
252Reed WarblerAcrocephalus scirpaceusAMBRC
253GreatAcrocephalus arundinaceusAMBRC (BBRC)
254WaxwingBombycilla garrulusA
255NuthatchSitta europaeaAMBRC
256TreecreeperCerthia familiarisAB
257WrenTroglodytes troglodytesAB
258StarlingSturnus vulgarisAB
259Rose-coloured StarlingPastor roseusAMBRC
260DipperCinclus cinclusABMBRC
261Ring OuzelTurdus torquatusAB
262BlackbirdTurdus merulaAB
263FieldfareTurdus pilarisA
264Song ThrushTurdus philomelosAB
265RedwingTurdus iliacusA
266Mistle ThrushTurdus viscivorusAB
267Spotted FlycatcherMuscicapa striataAB
268RobinErithacus rubeculaAB
269White-throatedIrania gutturalisAMBRC (BBRC)
270ThrushLuscinia lusciniaAMBRC (BBRC)
271NightingaleLuscinia megarhynchosAMBRC
272BluethroatLuscinia svecicaAMBRC
273Red-breasted FlycatcherFicedula parvaAMBRC
274Pied FlycatcherFicedula hypoleucaAMBRC
275Black RedstartPhoenicurus ochrurosA
276RedstartPhoenicurus phoenicurusAB
277WhinchatSaxicola rubetraAB
278StonechatSaxicola rubicolaAB
279WheatearOenanthe oenantheAB
280DesertOenanthe desertiAMBRC (BBRC)
281Black-earedOenanthe hispanicaAMBRC (BBRC)
282DunnockPrunella modularisAB
283House SparrowPasser domesticusAB
284Tree SparrowPasser montanusAB
285Yellow WagtailMotacilla flavaAMBRC
286Grey WagtailMotacilla cinereaAB
287Pied WagtailMotacilla albaAB
288Richard's PipitAnthus richardiAMBRC
289TawnyAnthus campestrisAMBRC (BBRC)
290Olive-backedAnthus hodgsoniAMBRC (BBRC)
291Tree Pipit*Anthus trivialisABMBRC
292PechoraAnthus gustaviAMBRC (BBRC)
293Meadow PipitAnthus pratensisAB
294Red-throatedAnthus cervinusAMBRC (BBRC)
295Rock PipitAnthus petrosusAB
296Water Pipit*Anthus spinolettaAMBRC
297BramblingFringilla montifringillaA
298ChaffinchFringilla coelebsAB
299HawfinchCoccothraustes coccothraustesAMBRC
300Common RosefinchErythrina erythrinaAMBRC
301BullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhulaAMBRC
302GreenfinchChloris chlorisAB
303LinnetLinaria cannabinaAB
304TwiteLinaria flavirostrisAB
305Lesser RedpollAcanthis cabaretAB
306Common RedpollAcanthis flammeaAMBRC
307Arctic RedpollAcanthis hornemanniAMBRC
308CrossbillLoxia curvirostraA
309GoldfinchCarduelis carduelisAB
310SerinSerinus serinusAMBRC
311SiskinSpinus spinusAB
312Snow BuntingPlectrophenax nivalisA
313Lapland BuntingCalcarius lapponicusAMBRC
314SongMelospiza melodiaAMBRC (BBRC)
315White-throatedZonotrichia albicollisAMBRC (BBRC)
316YellowhammerEmberiza citrinellaAB
317Cirl BuntingEmberiza cirlusBMBRC
318Ortolan BuntingEmberiza hortulanaAMBRC
319RusticEmberiza rusticaAMBRC (BBRC)
320Little BuntingEmberiza pusillaAMBRC
321Reed BuntingEmberiza schoeniclusAB
322Black-headedEmberiza melanocephalaAMBRC (BBRC)
323Corn BuntingEmberiza calandraABMBRC
324BaltimoreIcterus galbulaAMBRC (BBRC)
325Yellow-rumpedSetophaga coronataAMBRC (BBRC)
Species in Categories D and E

Category D

  • Red-headed Bunting* Emberiza bruniceps

Category E

  • Black Swan Cygnus atratus
  • Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus
  • Bar-headed Goose Anser indicus
  • Snow Goose Anser caerulescens
  • Ross’s Goose Anser rossii
  • Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis
  • Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiaca
  • Muscovy Duck Cairina moschata
  • Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  • Mandarin Duck Aix galericulata
  • Rosy-billed Pochard Netta peposaca
  • Black Grouse Lyrurus tetrix
  • Northern Bobwhite Colinus virginianus
  • Lady Amherst’s Pheasant Chrysolophus amherstiae
  • Golden Pheasant Chrysolophus pictus
  • Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus
  • White Stork Ciconia ciconia
  • Scarlet Ibis Eudocimus ruber
  • Flamingo sp. Phoenicopterus ruber/chilensis
  • Budgerigar Melopsittacus undulatus
  • Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  • Red-winged Laughing-thrush [B] Garrulax formosus
  • Long-tailed Rosefinch Uragus sibiricus
  • Yellow-billed Grosbeak Eophona migratoria
  • Common Hill Myna Gracula religiosa


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