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.

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 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.

[With apologies, the Manx List is currently being revised in line with the newly published 9th Edition (December 2017) of the British List - which itself has been revised to follow the taxonomy of the International Ornithological Union’s (IOU) IOC World Bird List (version 7.3). We shall publish the updated Manx List very soon.]

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