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 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 Bird Records 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.

As of January 2018, we have adopted the taxonomy and nomenclature of revised BOU British List.
Manx Bird List below: last update 19 December 2018.

BOU orderEnglish nameScientific nameCategoryBredRare/scarce
50Brent GooseBranta berniclaA
100Canada GooseBranta canadensisACB
120Barnacle GooseBranta leucopsisA
190Greylag GooseAnser anserACB
210/240Taiga/Tundra Bean GooseAnser fabalis/serrirostrisBMBRC
230Pink-footed GooseAnser brachyrhynchusA
260White-fronted GooseAnser albifronsA
310Mute SwanCygnus olorACB
320Bewick's SwanCygnus columbianusA
350Whooper SwanCygnus cygnusA
390ShelduckTadorna tadornaAB
470GarganeySpatula querquedulaAMBRC
480Blue-winged TealSpatula discorsAMBRC (BBRC)
490ShovelerSpatula clypeataAB
510GadwallMareca streperaAC
540WigeonMareca penelopeA
550American WigeonMareca americanaAMBRC
570MallardAnas platyrhynchosACB
600PintailAnas acutaA
610TealAnas creccaAB
630Green-winged TealAnas carolinensisAMBRC
670Red-crested PochardNetta rufinaAMBRC
710PochardAythya ferinaA
720Ferruginous DuckAythya nyrocaAMBRC (BBRC)
730Ring-necked DuckAythya collarisAMBRC
740Tufted DuckAythya fuligulaAB
750ScaupAythya marilaA
810King EiderSomateria spectabilisAMBRC (BBRC)
820EiderSomateria mollissimaAB
870Surf ScoterMelanitta perspicillataAMBRC
880Velvet ScoterMelanitta fuscaA
910Common ScoterMelanitta nigraA
940Long-tailed DuckClangula hyemalisA
970GoldeneyeBucephala clangulaA
1010SmewMergellus albellusAMBRC
1050GoosanderMergus merganserA
1070Red-breasted MerganserMergus serratorAB
1090Ruddy DuckOxyura jamaicensisC*B
1230Red GrouseLagopus lagopusAB
1260Red-legged PartridgeAlectoris rufaCB
1290Grey PartridgePerdix perdixACB
1320QuailCoturnix coturnixAB
1350PheasantPhasianus colchicusCB
1480Red-throated DiverGavia stellataA
1490Black-throated DiverGavia arcticaA
1520Great Northern DiverGavia immerA
1530White-billed DiverGavia adamsiiAMBRC
1690Storm PetrelHydrobates pelagicusA
1740Leach's PetrelOceanodroma leucorhoaA
1780FulmarFulmarus glacialisAB
1850Cory's ShearwaterCalonectris borealisAMBRC
1870Sooty ShearwaterArdenna griseaA
1880Great ShearwaterArdenna gravisAMBRC
1900Manx ShearwaterPuffinus puffinusAB
1920Balearic ShearwaterPuffinus mauretanicusAMBRC
1930Barolo ShearwaterPuffinus baroliAMBRC (BBRC)
1970Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollisAB
2020Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegenaAMBRC
2050Great Crested GrebePodiceps cristatusA
2070Slavonian GrebePodiceps auritusAMBRC
2090Black-necked GrebePodiceps nigricollisAMBRC
2230White StorkCiconia ciconiaAE
2300SpoonbillPlatalea leucorodiaAMBRC
2340BitternBotaurus stellarisAMBRC
2380Little BitternIxobrychus minutusAMBRC (BBRC)
2410Night-heronNycticorax nycticoraxAMBRC
2490Cattle EgretBubulcus ibisAMBRC
2510Grey HeronArdea cinereaAB
2540Purple HeronArdea purpureaAMBRC
2560Great White EgretArdea albaAMBRC
2600Little EgretEgretta garzettaA
2690Magnificent FrigatebirdFregata magnificensAMBRC (BBRC)
2720GannetMorus bassanusA
2780ShagPhalacrocorax aristotelisAB
2800CormorantPhalacrocorax carboAB
2860OspreyPandion haliaetusA
2930Honey-buzzardPernis apivorusAMBRC
3010Golden EagleAquila chrysaetosAMBRC
3040SparrowhawkAccipiter nisusAB
3060GoshawkAccipiter gentilisAC*MBRC
3090Marsh HarrierCircus aeruginosusAMBRC
3110Hen HarrierCircus cyaneusAB
3140Montagu's HarrierCircus pygargusAMBRC
3160Red KiteMilvus milvusAC*MBRC
3180Black KiteMilvus migransAMBRC
3210White-tailed EagleHaliaeetus albicillaBMBRC
3250Rough-legged BuzzardButeo lagopusAMBRC
3270BuzzardButeo buteoAB
3410Water RailRallus aquaticusAB
3440CorncrakeCrex crexABMBRC
3470Baillon's CrakePorzana pusillaBMBRC (BBRC)
3490Spotted CrakePorzana porzanaBMBRC
3560MoorhenGallinula chloropusAB
3590CootFulica atraAB
3670CraneGrus grusAMBRC
3710Stone-curlewBurhinus oedicnemusAMBRC
3750OystercatcherHaematopus ostralegusAB
3790Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopusA (2017)MBRC
3810AvocetRecurvirostra avosettaAMBRC
3840LapwingVanellus vanellusAB
3880Golden PloverPluvialis apricariaAB
3900American Golden PloverPluvialis dominicaAMBRC
3910Grey PloverPluvialis squatarolaA
3940Ringed PloverCharadrius hiaticulaAB
3990Little Ringed PloverCharadrius dubiusAMBRC
4030Kentish PloverCharadrius alexandrinusAMBRC
4100DotterelCharadrius morinellusAMBRC
4150WhimbrelNumenius phaeopusA
4210CurlewNumenius arquataAB
4240Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponicaA
4270Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosaA
4320TurnstoneArenaria interpresA
4360KnotCalidris canutusA
4390RuffCalidris pugnaxA
4400Broad-billed SandpiperCalidris falcinellusA (2017)MBRC (BBRC)
4440Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferrugineaA
4450Temminck's StintCalidris temminckiiAMBRC
4480SanderlingCalidris albaA
4500DunlinCalidris alpinaA
4540Purple SandpiperCalidris maritimaA
4550Baird's SandpiperCalidris bairdiiAMBRC (BBRC)
4560Little StintCalidris minutaA
4580White-rumped SandpiperCalidris fuscicollisAMBRC
4590Buff-breasted SandpiperCalidris subruficollisAMBRC
4600Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotosAMBRC
4640Long-billed DowitcherLimnodromus scolopaceusAMBRC (BBRC)
4670WoodcockScolopax rusticolaAB
4690Jack SnipeLymnocryptes minimusA
4710Great SnipeGallinago mediaBMBRC (BBRC)
4720SnipeGallinago gallinagoAB
4790Wilson's PhalaropePhalaropus tricolorAMBRC (BBRC)
4800Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatusAMBRC
4810Grey PhalaropePhalaropus fulicariusAMBRC
4830Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucosAB
4860Green SandpiperTringa ochropusAMBRC
4890Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipesBMBRC (BBRC)
4900RedshankTringa totanusAB
4940Wood SandpiperTringa glareolaAMBRC
4950Spotted RedshankTringa erythropusAMBRC
4960GreenshankTringa nebulariaA
5090KittiwakeRissa tridactylaAB
5140Sabine's GullXema sabiniAMBRC
5180Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundusAB
5200Little GullHydrocoloeus minutusA
5280Mediterranean GullIchthyaetus melanocephalusAMBRC
5310Common GullLarus canusAB
5340Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensisAMBRC
5350Great Black-backed GullLarus marinusAB
5370Glaucous GullLarus hyperboreusA
5390Iceland GullLarus glaucoidesA
5430Herring GullLarus argentatusAB
5480Yellow-legged GullLarus michahellisAMBRC
5520Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscusAB
5660Sandwich TernThalasseus sandvicensisAB
5690Little TernSternula albifronsAB
5740Bridled TernOnychoprion anaethetusAMBRC (BBRC)
5790Roseate TernSterna dougalliiAMBRC
5810Common TernSterna hirundoABMBRC
5830Arctic TernSterna paradisaeaAB
5890Black TernChlidonias nigerAMBRC
5950Great SkuaStercorarius skuaA
5960Pomarine SkuaStercorarius pomarinusAMBRC
5970Arctic SkuaStercorarius parasiticusA
5980Long-tailed SkuaStercorarius longicaudusAMBRC
6020Little AukAlle alleAMBRC
6060Common GuillemotUria aalgeAB
6110RazorbillAlca tordaAB
6150Great AukPinguinus impennisB2
6170Black GuillemotCepphus grylleAB
6240PuffinFratercula arcticaAB
6290Pallas's SandgrouseSyrrhaptes paradoxusBMBRC (BBRC)
6330Rock Dove/Feral PigeonColumba liviaAB
6350Stock DoveColumba oenasAB
6370WoodpigeonColumba palumbusAB
6400Turtle DoveStreptopelia turturAMBRC
6450Collared DoveStreptopelia decaoctoAB
6480Mourning DoveZenaida macrouraAMBRC (BBRC)
6520Great Spotted CuckooClamator glandariusAMBRC (BBRC)
6540Yellow-billed CuckooCoccyzus americanusAMBRC (BBRC)
6570CuckooCuculus canorusAB
6620Barn OwlTyto albaAB
6670Scops OwlOtus scopsAMBRC (BBRC)
6700Snowy OwlBubo scandiacusBMBRC (BBRC)
6720Tawny OwlStrix alucoAMBRC
6790Little OwlAthene noctuaC*MBRC
6850Long-eared OwlAsio otusAB
6870Short-eared OwlAsio flammeusAB
6970NightjarCaprimulgus europaeusABMBRC
7080Alpine SwiftTachymarptis melbaAMBRC
7110SwiftApus apusAB
7200RollerCoracias garrulusAMBRC (BBRC)
7240KingfisherAlcedo atthisAB
7320Bee-eaterMerops apiasterAMBRC
7360HoopoeUpupa epopsA
7410WryneckJynx torquillaAMBRC
7490Great Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos majorAB
7530Green WoodpeckerPicus viridisA
7590KestrelFalco tinnunculusAB
7630Red-footed FalconFalco vespertinusAMBRC
7660MerlinFalco columbariusAB
7690HobbyFalco subbuteoAMBRC
7720Gyr FalconFalco rusticolusBMBRC (BBRC)
7730PeregrineFalco peregrinusAB
7780Ring-necked ParakeetPsittacula krameriC*
7920Red-backed ShrikeLanius collurioAMBRC
7980Great Grey ShrikeLanius excubitorAMBRC
8000Steppe Grey ShrikeLanius pallidirostrisAMBRC (BBRC)
8010Woodchat ShrikeLanius senatorAMBRC
8090Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceusA (2016)MBRC (BBRC)
8120Golden OrioleOriolus oriolusAMBRC
8150JayGarrulus glandariusAMBRC
8190MagpiePica picaAB
8260ChoughPyrrhocorax pyrrhocoraxAB
8290JackdawColoeus monedulaAB
8330RookCorvus frugilegusAB
8350Carrion CrowCorvus coroneAB
8370Hooded CrowCorvus cornixAB
8390RavenCorvus coraxAB
8430WaxwingBombycilla garrulusA
8480Coal TitPeriparus aterAB
8570Marsh TitPoecile palustrisAMBRC
8630Blue TitCyanistes caeruleusAB
8670Great TitParus majorAB
8760Bearded TitPanurus biarmicusAMBRC
8800WoodlarkLullula arboreaAMBRC
8840SkylarkAlauda arvensisAB
8900Shore LarkEremophila alpestrisAMBRC
8930Short-toed LarkCalandrella brachydactylaA (2016)MBRC
8960Calandra LarkMelanocorypha calandraAMBRC (BBRC)
9020Sand MartinRiparia ripariaAB
9090SwallowHirundo rusticaAB
9140House MartinDelichon urbicumAB
9280Long-tailed TitAegithalos caudatusAB
9330Willow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilusAB
9360ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybitaAB
9410Western Bonelli's WarblerPhylloscopus bonelliAMBRC (BBRC)
9420Eastern Bonelli's WarblerPhylloscopus orientalisA (2016)MBRC (BBRC)
9430Wood WarblerPhylloscopus sibilatrixABMBRC
9440Dusky WarblerPhylloscopus fuscatusAMBRC
9470Pallas's WarblerPhylloscopus proregulusAMBRC
9480Yellow-browed WarblerPhylloscopus inornatusAMBRC
9530Greenish WarblerPhylloscopus trochiloidesAMBRC
9600Great Reed WarblerAcrocephalus arundinaceusAMBRC (BBRC)
9620Aquatic WarblerAcrocephalus paludicolaAMBRC (BBRC)
9630Sedge WarblerAcrocephalus schoenobaenusAB
9650Blyth's Reed WarblerAcrocephalus dumetorumAMBRC
9660Reed WarblerAcrocephalus scirpaceusABMBRC
9690Marsh WarblerAcrocephalus palustrisAMBRC
9780Melodious WarblerHippolais polyglottaAMBRC
9790Icterine WarblerHippolais icterinaAMBRC
9820Grasshopper WarblerLocustella naeviaAB
9960BlackcapSylvia atricapillaAB
9980Garden WarblerSylvia borinAB
10000Barred WarblerSylvia nisoriaAMBRC
10020Lesser WhitethroatSylvia currucaAB
10080WhitethroatSylvia communisAB
10140Subalpine WarblerSylvia cantillansAMBRC
10190Sardinian WarblerSylvia melanocephalaAMBRC (BBRC)
10240FirecrestRegulus ignicapillaAMBRC
10260GoldcrestRegulus regulusAB
10300WrenTroglodytes troglodytesAB
10390NuthatchSitta europaeaAMBRC
10470TreecreeperCerthia familiarisAB
10630Rose-coloured StarlingPastor roseusAMBRC
10650StarlingSturnus vulgarisAB
10840Ring OuzelTurdus torquatusAB
10860BlackbirdTurdus merulaAB
10930FieldfareTurdus pilarisA
10940RedwingTurdus iliacusA
10970Song ThrushTurdus philomelosAB
11010Mistle ThrushTurdus viscivorusAB
11100Spotted FlycatcherMuscicapa striataAB
11150RobinErithacus rubeculaAB
11220BluethroatLuscinia svecicaAMBRC
11250Thrush NightingaleLuscinia lusciniaAMBRC (BBRC)
11260NightingaleLuscinia megarhynchosAMBRC
11300White-throated RobinIrania gutturalisAMBRC (BBRC)
11360Pied FlycatcherFicedula hypoleucaAMBRC
11410Red-breasted FlycatcherFicedula parvaAMBRC
11440Black RedstartPhoenicurus ochrurosA
11470RedstartPhoenicurus phoenicurusAB
11540WhinchatSaxicola rubetraAB
11550StonechatSaxicola rubicolaAB
11620WheatearOenanthe oenantheAB
11660Desert WheatearOenanthe desertiAMBRC
11690Black-eared WheatearOenanthe hispanicaAMBRC (BBRC)
11760DipperCinclus cinclusABMBRC
11820House SparrowPasser domesticusAB
11850Tree SparrowPasser montanusAB
11940DunnockPrunella modularisAB
12000Yellow WagtailMotacilla flavaAMBRC
12100Grey WagtailMotacilla cinereaAB
12120Pied WagtailMotacilla albaAB
12170Richard's PipitAnthus richardiAMBRC
12190Tawny PipitAnthus campestrisAMBRC (BBRC)
12200Meadow PipitAnthus pratensisAB
12210Tree PipitAnthus trivialisABMBRC
12230Olive-backed PipitAnthus hodgsoniAMBRC
12250Pechora PipitAnthus gustaviAMBRC (BBRC)
12270Red-throated PipitAnthus cervinusAMBRC (BBRC)
12300Water PipitAnthus spinolettaAMBRC
12320Rock PipitAnthus petrosusAB
12370ChaffinchFringilla coelebsAB
12400BramblingFringilla montifringillaA
12440HawfinchCoccothraustes coccothraustesAMBRC
12500BullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhulaAMBRC
12560Common RosefinchCarpodacus erythrinaAMBRC
12590GreenfinchChloris chlorisAB
12620TwiteLinaria flavirostrisAB
12650LinnetLinaria cannabinaAB
12690Common RedpollAcanthis flammeaAMBRC
12720Lesser RedpollAcanthis cabaretAB
12730Arctic RedpollAcanthis hornemanniAMBRC
12790CrossbillLoxia curvirostraAB
12840GoldfinchCarduelis carduelisAB
12880SerinSerinus serinusAMBRC
12900SiskinSpinus spinusAB
13170Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronataAMBRC (BBRC)
13260Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbulaAMBRC (BBRC)
13310Corn BuntingEmberiza calandraABMBRC
13330YellowhammerEmberiza citrinellaAB
13390Ortolan BuntingEmberiza hortulanaAMBRC
13410Cirl BuntingEmberiza cirlusBMBRC
13440Little BuntingEmberiza pusillaAMBRC
13460Rustic BuntingEmberiza rusticaAMBRC (BBRC)
13500Black-headed BuntingEmberiza melanocephalaAMBRC (BBRC)
13550Reed BuntingEmberiza schoeniclusAB
13580Song SparrowMelospiza melodiaAMBRC (BBRC)
13610White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollisAMBRC (BBRC)
13630Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalisPending (2016)MBRC (BBRC)
13760Lapland BuntingCalcarius lapponicusAMBRC
13800Snow BuntingPlectrophenax nivalisA

Category D

  • Red-headed Bunting [MBRC/BBRC] 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
  • White Stork Ciconia ciconia
  • 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