The official Manx List of wild birds

The official Manx List of wild birds is maintained by the Manx Bird Records 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 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 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.

The Manx List and the BOU

While the British Ornithologist's Union (BOU) maintains the British List (the official list of birds recorded from England, Scotland and Wales), the Isle of Man has its own list which is maintained by the Manx Ornithological Society (MOS).

The Isle of Man follows BOU and occasionally seek its advice on matters relating to the Manx List. Some Isle of Man items are occasionally covered in BOURC reports and papers. Accordingly, as of January 2018, the Manx List adopted the taxonomy and nomenclature of the revised IOC-based BOU British List.

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.

As is the protocol elsewhere, all records should be submitted to MBRC in the first instance. Those requiring BBRC scrutiny will be forwarded by MBRC to BBRC.

The Manx List

Version: Peregrine Vol. 13 March 2022 (IN PREP 10 Dec 2021). Taxonomy from The British List (BOU 24 January 2020).

Key to the List
CategoryASpecies that have been recorded in the Isle of Man in an apparently natural state at least once since 1 January 1950.
BSpecies that would otherwise be in category A, but have not been recorded since 31 December 1949.
B2Extinct species.
C1Species that have established breeding populations derived from introduced stock, that maintain themselves on the Isle of Man without necessary recourse to further introduction.
C2Species fulfilling the above requirements in Britain, but which do not breed on the Isle of Man and have occurred naturally as visitors.
DSpecies that would otherwise appear in categories A or B except that there is reasonable doubt that they have ever occurred in a natural state.
ESpecies that have been recorded as introductions, transportees or escapes from captivity, and whose breeding populations (if any) are thought not to be self-sustaining.
BredBrDenotes the species is known to have bred in the Isle of Man on at least one occasion.
AdjudicationMBRCScarce and rare species for which a written description is required by the Manx Bird Records Committee.
(+BBRC)Rare species that are forwarded after initial consideration by MBRC to be scrutinised by the British Birds Rarities Committee.

OrderEnglish nameScientific nameCategoryBredDescription
1Red GrouseLagopus lagopusABr-
2Red-legged PartridgeAlectoris rufaC1Br-
3Grey PartridgePerdix perdixAC1Br-
4QuailCoturnix coturnixABrMBRC
5PheasantPhasianus colchicusC1Br-
6Brent GooseBranta berniclaA--
7Canada GooseBranta canadensisAC1Br-
8Barnacle GooseBranta leucopsisAE--
9Greylag GooseAnser anserAC1Br-
10Taiga/Tundra Bean GooseAnser fabalis/serrirostrisB-MBRC
11Pink-footed GooseAnser brachyrhynchusA--
12White-fronted GooseAnser albifronsA-MBRC
13Mute SwanCygnus olorAC1Br-
14Bewick's SwanCygnus columbianusA-MBRC
15Whooper SwanCygnus cygnusA--
16ShelduckTadorna tadornaABr-
17GarganeySpatula querquedulaA-MBRC
18Blue-winged TealSpatula discorsA-MBRC (+BBRC)
19ShovelerSpatula clypeataABr-
20GadwallMareca streperaAC1Br-
21WigeonMareca penelopeA--
22American WigeonMareca americanaA-MBRC
23MallardAnas platyrhynchosAC1Br-
24PintailAnas acutaA--
25TealAnas creccaABr-
26Green-winged TealAnas carolinensisA-MBRC
27Red-crested PochardNetta rufinaA-MBRC
28PochardAythya ferinaA--
29Ferruginous DuckAythya nyrocaA-MBRC (+BBRC)
30Ring-necked DuckAythya collarisA-MBRC
31Tufted DuckAythya fuligulaABr-
32ScaupAythya marilaA-MBRC
33King EiderSomateria spectabilisA-MBRC (+BBRC)
34EiderSomateria mollissimaABr-
35Surf ScoterMelanitta perspicillataA-MBRC
36Velvet ScoterMelanitta fuscaA-MBRC
37Common ScoterMelanitta nigraA--
38Long-tailed DuckClangula hyemalisA--
39GoldeneyeBucephala clangulaA--
40SmewMergellus albellusA-MBRC
41GoosanderMergus merganserA--
42Red-breasted MerganserMergus serratorABr-
43Ruddy DuckOxyura jamaicensisC2BrMBRC
44NightjarCaprimulgus europaeusABrMBRC
45Alpine SwiftTachymarptis melbaA-MBRC
46SwiftApus apusABr-
47Great Spotted CuckooClamator glandariusA-MBRC (+BBRC)
48Yellow-billed CuckooCoccyzus americanusA-MBRC (+BBRC)
49CuckooCuculus canorusABr-
50Pallas's SandgrouseSyrrhaptes paradoxusB-MBRC (+BBRC)
51Rock Dove/Feral PigeonColumba liviaABr-
52Stock DoveColumba oenasABr-
53WoodpigeonColumba palumbusABr-
54Turtle DoveStreptopelia turturA-MBRC
55Collared DoveStreptopelia decaoctoABr-
56Mourning DoveZenaida macrouraA-MBRC (+BBRC)
57Water RailRallus aquaticusABr-
58CorncrakeCrex crexABrMBRC
59Baillon's CrakePorzana pusillaB-MBRC (+BBRC)
60Spotted CrakePorzana porzanaB-MBRC
61MoorhenGallinula chloropusABr-
62CootFulica atraABr-
63CraneGrus grusA-MBRC
64Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollisABr-
65Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegenaA-MBRC
66Great Crested GrebePodiceps cristatusA--
67Slavonian GrebePodiceps auritusA-MBRC
68Black-necked GrebePodiceps nigricollisA-MBRC
69Stone-curlewBurhinus oedicnemusA-MBRC
70OystercatcherHaematopus ostralegusABr-
71Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopusA-MBRC
72AvocetRecurvirostra avosettaA-MBRC
73LapwingVanellus vanellusABr-
74Golden PloverPluvialis apricariaABr-
75American Golden PloverPluvialis dominicaA-MBRC
76Grey PloverPluvialis squatarolaA--
77Ringed PloverCharadrius hiaticulaABr-
78Little Ringed PloverCharadrius dubiusA-MBRC
79Kentish PloverCharadrius alexandrinusA-MBRC
80DotterelCharadrius morinellusA-MBRC
81WhimbrelNumenius phaeopusA--
82CurlewNumenius arquataABr-
83Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponicaA--
84Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosaA--
85TurnstoneArenaria interpresA--
86KnotCalidris canutusA--
87RuffCalidris pugnaxA--
88Broad-billed SandpiperCalidris falcinellusA-MBRC (+BBRC)
89Stilt SandpiperCalidris himantopusA-MBRC (+BBRC)
90Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferrugineaA--
91Temminck's StintCalidris temminckiiA-MBRC
92SanderlingCalidris albaA--
93DunlinCalidris alpinaA--
94Purple SandpiperCalidris maritimaA--
95Baird's SandpiperCalidris bairdiiA-MBRC (+BBRC)
96Little StintCalidris minutaA--
97White-rumped SandpiperCalidris fuscicollisA-MBRC
98Buff-breasted SandpiperCalidris subruficollisA-MBRC
99Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotosA-MBRC
100Long-billed DowitcherLimnodromus scolopaceusA-MBRC (+BBRC)
101WoodcockScolopax rusticolaABr-
102Jack SnipeLymnocryptes minimusA--
103Great SnipeGallinago mediaB-MBRC (+BBRC)
104SnipeGallinago gallinagoABr-
105Wilson's PhalaropePhalaropus tricolorA-MBRC (+BBRC)
106Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatusA-MBRC
107Grey PhalaropePhalaropus fulicariusA-MBRC
108Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucosABr-
109Green SandpiperTringa ochropusA-MBRC
110Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipesB-MBRC
111RedshankTringa totanusABr-
112Wood SandpiperTringa glareolaA-MBRC
113Spotted RedshankTringa erythropusA-MBRC
114GreenshankTringa nebulariaA--
115KittiwakeRissa tridactylaABr-
116Sabine's GullXema sabiniA-MBRC
117Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundusABr-
118Little GullHydrocoloeus minutusA--
119Mediterranean GullIchthyaetus melanocephalusA--
120Common GullLarus canusABr-
121Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensisA-MBRC
122Great Black-backed GullLarus marinusABr-
123Glaucous GullLarus hyperboreusA--
124Iceland GullLarus glaucoidesA--
125Herring GullLarus argentatusABr-
126Yellow-legged GullLarus michahellisA-MBRC
127Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscusABr-
128Sandwich TernThalasseus sandvicensisABr-
129Little TernSternula albifronsABr-
130Bridled TernOnychoprion anaethetusA-MBRC (+BBRC)
131Roseate TernSterna dougalliiA-MBRC
132Common TernSterna hirundoABrMBRC
133Arctic TernSterna paradisaeaABr-
134Black TernChlidonias nigerA-MBRC
135Great SkuaStercorarius skuaA--
136Pomarine SkuaStercorarius pomarinusA-MBRC
137Arctic SkuaStercorarius parasiticusA--
138Long-tailed SkuaStercorarius longicaudusA-MBRC
139Little AukAlle alleA-MBRC
140Common GuillemotUria aalgeABr-
141RazorbillAlca tordaABr-
142Great AukPinguinus impennisB2--
143Black GuillemotCepphus grylleABr-
144PuffinFratercula arcticaABr-
145Red-throated DiverGavia stellataA--
146Black-throated DiverGavia arcticaA--
147Great Northern DiverGavia immerA--
148Storm PetrelHydrobates pelagicusA--
149Leach's PetrelOceanodroma leucorhoaA-MBRC
150FulmarFulmarus glacialisABr-
151Cory's ShearwaterCalonectris borealisA-MBRC
152Sooty ShearwaterArdenna griseaA-MBRC
153Great ShearwaterArdenna gravisA-MBRC
154Manx ShearwaterPuffinus puffinusABr-
155Balearic ShearwaterPuffinus mauretanicusA-MBRC
156Barolo ShearwaterPuffinus baroliA-MBRC (+BBRC)
157White StorkCiconia ciconiaAE-MBRC
158Magnificent FrigatebirdFregata magnificensA-MBRC (+BBRC)
159GannetMorus bassanusA--
160ShagPhalacrocorax aristotelisABr-
161CormorantPhalacrocorax carboABr-
162Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellusA-MBRC
163SpoonbillPlatalea leucorodiaA-MBRC
164BitternBotaurus stellarisA-MBRC
165Little BitternIxobrychus minutusA-MBRC (+BBRC)
166Night-heronNycticorax nycticoraxA-MBRC
167Cattle EgretBubulcus ibisA-MBRC
168Grey HeronArdea cinereaABr-
169Purple HeronArdea purpureaA-MBRC
170Great White EgretArdea albaA-MBRC
171Little EgretEgretta garzettaA--
172OspreyPandion haliaetusA--
173Honey-buzzardPernis apivorusA-MBRC
174Golden EagleAquila chrysaetosA-MBRC
175SparrowhawkAccipiter nisusABr-
176GoshawkAccipiter gentilisAC2-MBRC
177Marsh HarrierCircus aeruginosusA-MBRC
178Hen HarrierCircus cyaneusABr-
179Montagu's HarrierCircus pygargusA-MBRC
180Red KiteMilvus milvusAC2-MBRC
181Black KiteMilvus migransA-MBRC
182White-tailed EagleHaliaeetus albicillaB-MBRC
183Rough-legged BuzzardButeo lagopusA-MBRC
184BuzzardButeo buteoABr-
185Barn OwlTyto albaABr-
186Scops OwlOtus scopsA-MBRC (+BBRC)
187Snowy OwlBubo scandiacusB-MBRC (+BBRC)
188Tawny OwlStrix alucoABrMBRC
189Little OwlAthene noctuaC2-MBRC
190Long-eared OwlAsio otusABr-
191Short-eared OwlAsio flammeusABr-
192HoopoeUpupa epopsA--
193RollerCoracias garrulusA-MBRC (+BBRC)
194KingfisherAlcedo atthisABr-
195Bee-eaterMerops apiasterA-MBRC
196WryneckJynx torquillaA-MBRC
197Great Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos majorABr-
198Green WoodpeckerPicus viridisA-MBRC
199KestrelFalco tinnunculusABr-
200Red-footed FalconFalco vespertinusA-MBRC
201MerlinFalco columbariusABr-
202HobbyFalco subbuteoA-MBRC
203Gyr FalconFalco rusticolusB-MBRC (+BBRC)
204PeregrineFalco peregrinusABr-
205Ring-necked ParakeetPsittacula krameriC2--
206Red-backed ShrikeLanius collurioA-MBRC
207Great Grey ShrikeLanius excubitorA-MBRC
208Woodchat ShrikeLanius senatorA-MBRC
209Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceusA-MBRC (+BBRC)
210Golden OrioleOriolus oriolusA-MBRC
211JayGarrulus glandariusA-MBRC
212MagpiePica picaABr-
213ChoughPyrrhocorax pyrrhocoraxABr-
214JackdawColoeus monedulaABr-
215RookCorvus frugilegusABr-
216Carrion CrowCorvus coroneABr-
217Hooded CrowCorvus cornixABr-
218RavenCorvus coraxABr-
219WaxwingBombycilla garrulusA--
220Coal TitPeriparus aterABr-
221Marsh TitPoecile palustrisA-MBRC
222Blue TitCyanistes caeruleusABr-
223Great TitParus majorABr-
224Bearded TitPanurus biarmicusA-MBRC
225WoodlarkLullula arboreaA-MBRC
226SkylarkAlauda arvensisABr-
227Shore LarkEremophila alpestrisA-MBRC
228Short-toed LarkCalandrella brachydactylaA-MBRC
229Calandra LarkMelanocorypha calandraA-MBRC (+BBRC)
230Sand MartinRiparia ripariaABr-
231SwallowHirundo rusticaABr-
232House MartinDelichon urbicumABr-
233Long-tailed TitAegithalos caudatusABr-
234Wood WarblerPhylloscopus sibilatrixABrMBRC
235Western Bonelli's WarblerPhylloscopus bonelliA-MBRC (+BBRC)
236Eastern Bonelli's WarblerPhylloscopus orientalisA-MBRC (+BBRC)
237Yellow-browed WarblerPhylloscopus inornatusA-MBRC
238Pallas's WarblerPhylloscopus proregulusA-MBRC
239Dusky WarblerPhylloscopus fuscatusA-MBRC
240Willow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilusABr-
241ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybitaABr-
242Greenish WarblerPhylloscopus trochiloidesA-MBRC
243Great Reed WarblerAcrocephalus arundinaceusA-MBRC (+BBRC)
244Aquatic WarblerAcrocephalus paludicolaA-MBRC (+BBRC)
245Sedge WarblerAcrocephalus schoenobaenusABr-
246Blyth's Reed WarblerAcrocephalus dumetorumA-MBRC
247Reed WarblerAcrocephalus scirpaceusABrMBRC
248Marsh WarblerAcrocephalus palustrisA-MBRC
249Melodious WarblerHippolais polyglottaA-MBRC
250Icterine WarblerHippolais icterinaA-MBRC
251Grasshopper WarblerLocustella naeviaABr-
252BlackcapSylvia atricapillaABr-
253Garden WarblerSylvia borinABr-
254Barred WarblerSylvia nisoriaA-MBRC
255Lesser WhitethroatSylvia currucaABr-
256WhitethroatSylvia communisABr-
257Subalpine WarblerSylvia cantillansA-MBRC
258Sardinian WarblerSylvia melanocephalaA-MBRC (+BBRC)
259FirecrestRegulus ignicapillaA-MBRC
260GoldcrestRegulus regulusABr-
261WrenTroglodytes troglodytesABr-
262NuthatchSitta europaeaA-MBRC
263TreecreeperCerthia familiarisABr-
264Rose-coloured StarlingPastor roseusA-MBRC
265StarlingSturnus vulgarisABr-
266Ring OuzelTurdus torquatusABr-
267BlackbirdTurdus merulaABr-
268FieldfareTurdus pilarisA--
269RedwingTurdus iliacusA--
270Song ThrushTurdus philomelosABr-
271Mistle ThrushTurdus viscivorusABr-
272Spotted FlycatcherMuscicapa striataABr-
273RobinErithacus rubeculaABr-
274BluethroatLuscinia svecicaA-MBRC
275Thrush NightingaleLuscinia lusciniaA-MBRC (+BBRC)
276NightingaleLuscinia megarhynchosA-MBRC
277White-throated RobinIrania gutturalisA-MBRC (+BBRC)
278Red-flanked BluetailTarsiger cyanurusA-MBRC
279Pied FlycatcherFicedula hypoleucaA-MBRC
280Red-breasted FlycatcherFicedula parvaA-MBRC
281Black RedstartPhoenicurus ochrurosA--
282RedstartPhoenicurus phoenicurusABrMBRC
283WhinchatSaxicola rubetraABr-
284StonechatSaxicola rubicolaABr-
285WheatearOenanthe oenantheABr-
286Desert WheatearOenanthe desertiA-MBRC
287Western/Eastern Black-eared WheatearOenanthe hispanica/melanoleucaA-MBRC (+BBRC)
288DipperCinclus cinclusABrMBRC
289House SparrowPasser domesticusABr-
290Tree SparrowPasser montanusABrMBRC
291DunnockPrunella modularisABr-
292Yellow WagtailMotacilla flavaA-MBRC
293Grey WagtailMotacilla cinereaABr-
294Pied WagtailMotacilla albaABr-
295Richard's PipitAnthus richardiA-MBRC
296Tawny PipitAnthus campestrisA-MBRC (+BBRC)
297Meadow PipitAnthus pratensisABr-
298Tree PipitAnthus trivialisABrMBRC
299Olive-backed PipitAnthus hodgsoniA-MBRC
300Pechora PipitAnthus gustaviA-MBRC (+BBRC)
301Red-throated PipitAnthus cervinusA-MBRC (+BBRC)
302Water PipitAnthus spinolettaA-MBRC
303Rock PipitAnthus petrosusABr-
304ChaffinchFringilla coelebsABr-
305BramblingFringilla montifringillaA--
306HawfinchCoccothraustes coccothraustesA-MBRC
307BullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhulaA-MBRC
308Common RosefinchCarpodacus erythrinaA-MBRC
309GreenfinchChloris chlorisABr-
310TwiteLinaria flavirostrisABr-
311LinnetLinaria cannabinaABr-
312Common RedpollAcanthis flammeaA-MBRC
313Lesser RedpollAcanthis cabaretABr-
314Arctic RedpollAcanthis hornemanniA-MBRC (+BBRC)
315CrossbillLoxia curvirostraABr-
316GoldfinchCarduelis carduelisABr-
317SerinSerinus serinusA-MBRC
318SiskinSpinus spinusABr-
319Lapland BuntingCalcarius lapponicusA-MBRC
320Snow BuntingPlectrophenax nivalisA--
321Corn BuntingEmberiza calandraABrMBRC
322YellowhammerEmberiza citrinellaABrMBRC
323Ortolan BuntingEmberiza hortulanaA-MBRC
324Cirl BuntingEmberiza cirlusB-MBRC
325Little BuntingEmberiza pusillaA-MBRC
326Rustic BuntingEmberiza rusticaA-MBRC (+BBRC)
327Black-headed BuntingEmberiza melanocephalaA-MBRC (+BBRC)
328Reed BuntingEmberiza schoeniclusABr-
329Song SparrowMelospiza melodiaA-MBRC (+BBRC)
330White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollisA-MBRC (+BBRC)
331Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalisA-MBRC (+BBRC)
332Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbulaA-MBRC (+BBRC)
333Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronataA-MBRC (+BBRC)
Categories D and E

Species assigned to these two categories do not form part of the official Manx List.

Category D

  • Red-headed Bunting Emberiza bruniceps

Category E

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