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.

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.
CSpecies 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.
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.
The official Manx List
BOU orderEnglish nameScientific nameCategoryBredAdjudication
(+1 BBRC pending)
50Brent GooseBranta berniclaA
100Canada GooseBranta canadensisACBr
120Barnacle GooseBranta leucopsisA
190Greylag GooseAnser anserACBr
210/240Taiga/Tundra Bean GooseAnser fabalis/serrirostrisBMBRC
230Pink-footed GooseAnser brachyrhynchusA
260White-fronted GooseAnser albifronsA
310Mute SwanCygnus olorACBr
320Bewick's SwanCygnus columbianusA
350Whooper SwanCygnus cygnusA
390ShelduckTadorna tadornaABr
470GarganeySpatula querquedulaAMBRC
480Blue-winged TealSpatula discorsAMBRC (BBRC)
490ShovelerSpatula clypeataABr
510GadwallMareca streperaAC
540WigeonMareca penelopeA
550American WigeonMareca americanaAMBRC
570MallardAnas platyrhynchosACBr
600PintailAnas acutaA
610TealAnas creccaABr
630Green-winged TealAnas carolinensisAMBRC
670Red-crested PochardNetta rufinaAMBRC
710PochardAythya ferinaA
720Ferruginous DuckAythya nyrocaAMBRC (BBRC)
730Ring-necked DuckAythya collarisAMBRC
740Tufted DuckAythya fuligulaABr
750ScaupAythya marilaA
810King EiderSomateria spectabilisAMBRC (BBRC)
820EiderSomateria mollissimaABr
870Surf ScoterMelanitta perspicillataAMBRC
880Velvet ScoterMelanitta fuscaA
910Common ScoterMelanitta nigraA
940Long-tailed DuckClangula hyemalisA
970GoldeneyeBucephala clangulaA
1010SmewMergellus albellusAMBRC
1050GoosanderMergus merganserA
1070Red-breasted MerganserMergus serratorABr
1090Ruddy DuckOxyura jamaicensisC*Br
1230Red GrouseLagopus lagopusABr
1260Red-legged PartridgeAlectoris rufaCBr
1290Grey PartridgePerdix perdixACBr
1320QuailCoturnix coturnixABr
1350PheasantPhasianus colchicusCBr
1480Red-throated DiverGavia stellataA
1490Black-throated DiverGavia arcticaA
1520Great Northern DiverGavia immerA
1530White-billed DiverGavia adamsiiAMBRC
1690Storm PetrelHydrobates pelagicusA
1740Leach's PetrelOceanodroma leucorhoaA
1780FulmarFulmarus glacialisABr
1850Cory's ShearwaterCalonectris borealisAMBRC
1870Sooty ShearwaterArdenna griseaA
1880Great ShearwaterArdenna gravisAMBRC
1900Manx ShearwaterPuffinus puffinusABr
1920Balearic ShearwaterPuffinus mauretanicusAMBRC
1930Barolo ShearwaterPuffinus baroliAMBRC (BBRC)
1970Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollisABr
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 cinereaABr
2540Purple HeronArdea purpureaAMBRC
2560Great White EgretArdea albaAMBRC
2600Little EgretEgretta garzettaA
2690Magnificent FrigatebirdFregata magnificensAMBRC (BBRC)
2720GannetMorus bassanusA
2780ShagPhalacrocorax aristotelisABr
2800CormorantPhalacrocorax carboABr
2860OspreyPandion haliaetusA
2930Honey-buzzardPernis apivorusAMBRC
3010Golden EagleAquila chrysaetosAMBRC
3040SparrowhawkAccipiter nisusABr
3060GoshawkAccipiter gentilisAC*MBRC
3090Marsh HarrierCircus aeruginosusAMBRC
3110Hen HarrierCircus cyaneusABr
3140Montagu's HarrierCircus pygargusAMBRC
3160Red KiteMilvus milvusAC*MBRC
3180Black KiteMilvus migransAMBRC
3210White-tailed EagleHaliaeetus albicillaBMBRC
3250Rough-legged BuzzardButeo lagopusAMBRC
3270BuzzardButeo buteoABr
3410Water RailRallus aquaticusABr
3440CorncrakeCrex crexABrMBRC
3470Baillon's CrakePorzana pusillaBMBRC (BBRC)
3490Spotted CrakePorzana porzanaBMBRC
3560MoorhenGallinula chloropusABr
3590CootFulica atraABr
3670CraneGrus grusAMBRC
3710Stone-curlewBurhinus oedicnemusAMBRC
3750OystercatcherHaematopus ostralegusABr
3790Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopusA (2017)MBRC
3810AvocetRecurvirostra avosettaAMBRC
3840LapwingVanellus vanellusABr
3880Golden PloverPluvialis apricariaABr
3900American Golden PloverPluvialis dominicaAMBRC
3910Grey PloverPluvialis squatarolaA
3940Ringed PloverCharadrius hiaticulaABr
3990Little Ringed PloverCharadrius dubiusAMBRC
4030Kentish PloverCharadrius alexandrinusAMBRC
4100DotterelCharadrius morinellusAMBRC
4150WhimbrelNumenius phaeopusA
4210CurlewNumenius arquataABr
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 rusticolaABr
4690Jack SnipeLymnocryptes minimusA
4710Great SnipeGallinago mediaBMBRC (BBRC)
4720SnipeGallinago gallinagoABr
4790Wilson's PhalaropePhalaropus tricolorAMBRC (BBRC)
4800Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatusAMBRC
4810Grey PhalaropePhalaropus fulicariusAMBRC
4830Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucosABr
4860Green SandpiperTringa ochropusAMBRC
4890Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipesBMBRC (BBRC)
4900RedshankTringa totanusABr
4940Wood SandpiperTringa glareolaAMBRC
4950Spotted RedshankTringa erythropusAMBRC
4960GreenshankTringa nebulariaA
5090KittiwakeRissa tridactylaABr
5140Sabine's GullXema sabiniAMBRC
5180Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundusABr
5200Little GullHydrocoloeus minutusA
5280Mediterranean GullIchthyaetus melanocephalusAMBRC
5310Common GullLarus canusABr
5340Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensisAMBRC
5350Great Black-backed GullLarus marinusABr
5370Glaucous GullLarus hyperboreusA
5390Iceland GullLarus glaucoidesA
5430Herring GullLarus argentatusABr
5480Yellow-legged GullLarus michahellisAMBRC
5520Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscusABr
5660Sandwich TernThalasseus sandvicensisABr
5690Little TernSternula albifronsABr
5740Bridled TernOnychoprion anaethetusAMBRC (BBRC)
5790Roseate TernSterna dougalliiAMBRC
5810Common TernSterna hirundoABrMBRC
5830Arctic TernSterna paradisaeaABr
5890Black TernChlidonias nigerAMBRC
5950Great SkuaStercorarius skuaA
5960Pomarine SkuaStercorarius pomarinusAMBRC
5970Arctic SkuaStercorarius parasiticusA
5980Long-tailed SkuaStercorarius longicaudusAMBRC
6020Little AukAlle alleAMBRC
6060Common GuillemotUria aalgeABr
6110RazorbillAlca tordaABr
6150Great AukPinguinus impennisB2
6170Black GuillemotCepphus grylleABr
6240PuffinFratercula arcticaABr
6290Pallas's SandgrouseSyrrhaptes paradoxusBMBRC (BBRC)
6330Rock Dove/Feral PigeonColumba liviaABr
6350Stock DoveColumba oenasABr
6370WoodpigeonColumba palumbusABr
6400Turtle DoveStreptopelia turturAMBRC
6450Collared DoveStreptopelia decaoctoABr
6480Mourning DoveZenaida macrouraAMBRC (BBRC)
6520Great Spotted CuckooClamator glandariusAMBRC (BBRC)
6540Yellow-billed CuckooCoccyzus americanusAMBRC (BBRC)
6570CuckooCuculus canorusABr
6620Barn OwlTyto albaABr
6670Scops OwlOtus scopsAMBRC (BBRC)
6700Snowy OwlBubo scandiacusBMBRC (BBRC)
6720Tawny OwlStrix alucoAMBRC
6790Little OwlAthene noctuaC*MBRC
6850Long-eared OwlAsio otusABr
6870Short-eared OwlAsio flammeusABr
6970NightjarCaprimulgus europaeusABrMBRC
7080Alpine SwiftTachymarptis melbaAMBRC
7110SwiftApus apusABr
7200RollerCoracias garrulusAMBRC (BBRC)
7240KingfisherAlcedo atthisABr
7320Bee-eaterMerops apiasterAMBRC
7360HoopoeUpupa epopsA
7410WryneckJynx torquillaAMBRC
7490Great Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos majorABr
7530Green WoodpeckerPicus viridisA
7590KestrelFalco tinnunculusABr
7630Red-footed FalconFalco vespertinusAMBRC
7660MerlinFalco columbariusABr
7690HobbyFalco subbuteoAMBRC
7720Gyr FalconFalco rusticolusBMBRC (BBRC)
7730PeregrineFalco peregrinusABr
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 picaABr
8260ChoughPyrrhocorax pyrrhocoraxABr
8290JackdawColoeus monedulaABr
8330RookCorvus frugilegusABr
8350Carrion CrowCorvus coroneABr
8370Hooded CrowCorvus cornixABr
8390RavenCorvus coraxABr
8430WaxwingBombycilla garrulusA
8480Coal TitPeriparus aterABr
8570Marsh TitPoecile palustrisAMBRC
8630Blue TitCyanistes caeruleusABr
8670Great TitParus majorABr
8760Bearded TitPanurus biarmicusAMBRC
8800WoodlarkLullula arboreaAMBRC
8840SkylarkAlauda arvensisABr
8900Shore LarkEremophila alpestrisAMBRC
8930Short-toed LarkCalandrella brachydactylaA (2016)MBRC
8960Calandra LarkMelanocorypha calandraAMBRC (BBRC)
9020Sand MartinRiparia ripariaABr
9090SwallowHirundo rusticaABr
9140House MartinDelichon urbicumABr
9280Long-tailed TitAegithalos caudatusABr
9330Willow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilusABr
9360ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybitaABr
9410Western Bonelli's WarblerPhylloscopus bonelliAMBRC (BBRC)
9420Eastern Bonelli's WarblerPhylloscopus orientalisA (2016)MBRC (BBRC)
9430Wood WarblerPhylloscopus sibilatrixABrMBRC
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 schoenobaenusABr
9650Blyth's Reed WarblerAcrocephalus dumetorumAMBRC
9660Reed WarblerAcrocephalus scirpaceusABrMBRC
9690Marsh WarblerAcrocephalus palustrisAMBRC
9780Melodious WarblerHippolais polyglottaAMBRC
9790Icterine WarblerHippolais icterinaAMBRC
9820Grasshopper WarblerLocustella naeviaABr
9960BlackcapSylvia atricapillaABr
9980Garden WarblerSylvia borinABr
10000Barred WarblerSylvia nisoriaAMBRC
10020Lesser WhitethroatSylvia currucaABr
10080WhitethroatSylvia communisABr
10140Subalpine WarblerSylvia cantillansAMBRC
10190Sardinian WarblerSylvia melanocephalaAMBRC (BBRC)
10240FirecrestRegulus ignicapillaAMBRC
10260GoldcrestRegulus regulusABr
10300WrenTroglodytes troglodytesABr
10390NuthatchSitta europaeaAMBRC
10470TreecreeperCerthia familiarisABr
10630Rose-coloured StarlingPastor roseusAMBRC
10650StarlingSturnus vulgarisABr
10840Ring OuzelTurdus torquatusABr
10860BlackbirdTurdus merulaABr
10930FieldfareTurdus pilarisA
10940RedwingTurdus iliacusA
10970Song ThrushTurdus philomelosABr
11010Mistle ThrushTurdus viscivorusABr
11100Spotted FlycatcherMuscicapa striataABr
11150RobinErithacus rubeculaABr
11220BluethroatLuscinia svecicaAMBRC
11250Thrush NightingaleLuscinia lusciniaAMBRC (BBRC)
11260NightingaleLuscinia megarhynchosAMBRC
11300White-throated RobinIrania gutturalisAMBRC (BBRC)
11360Pied FlycatcherFicedula hypoleucaAMBRC
11410Red-breasted FlycatcherFicedula parvaAMBRC
11440Black RedstartPhoenicurus ochrurosA
11470RedstartPhoenicurus phoenicurusABr
11540WhinchatSaxicola rubetraABr
11550StonechatSaxicola rubicolaABr
11620WheatearOenanthe oenantheABr
11660Desert WheatearOenanthe desertiAMBRC
11690Black-eared WheatearOenanthe hispanicaAMBRC (BBRC)
11760DipperCinclus cinclusABrMBRC
11820House SparrowPasser domesticusABr
11850Tree SparrowPasser montanusABr
11940DunnockPrunella modularisABr
12000Yellow WagtailMotacilla flavaAMBRC
12100Grey WagtailMotacilla cinereaABr
12120Pied WagtailMotacilla albaABr
12170Richard's PipitAnthus richardiAMBRC
12190Tawny PipitAnthus campestrisAMBRC (BBRC)
12200Meadow PipitAnthus pratensisABr
12210Tree PipitAnthus trivialisABrMBRC
12230Olive-backed PipitAnthus hodgsoniAMBRC
12250Pechora PipitAnthus gustaviAMBRC (BBRC)
12270Red-throated PipitAnthus cervinusAMBRC (BBRC)
12300Water PipitAnthus spinolettaAMBRC
12320Rock PipitAnthus petrosusABr
12370ChaffinchFringilla coelebsABr
12400BramblingFringilla montifringillaA
12440HawfinchCoccothraustes coccothraustesAMBRC
12500BullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhulaAMBRC
12560Common RosefinchCarpodacus erythrinaAMBRC
12590GreenfinchChloris chlorisABr
12620TwiteLinaria flavirostrisABr
12650LinnetLinaria cannabinaABr
12690Common RedpollAcanthis flammeaAMBRC
12720Lesser RedpollAcanthis cabaretABr
12730Arctic RedpollAcanthis hornemanniAMBRC
12790CrossbillLoxia curvirostraABr
12840GoldfinchCarduelis carduelisABr
12880SerinSerinus serinusAMBRC
12900SiskinSpinus spinusABr
13170Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronataAMBRC (BBRC)
13260Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbulaAMBRC (BBRC)
13310Corn BuntingEmberiza calandraABrMBRC
13330YellowhammerEmberiza citrinellaABr
13390Ortolan BuntingEmberiza hortulanaAMBRC
13410Cirl BuntingEmberiza cirlusBMBRC
13440Little BuntingEmberiza pusillaAMBRC
13460Rustic BuntingEmberiza rusticaAMBRC (BBRC)
13500Black-headed BuntingEmberiza melanocephalaAMBRC (BBRC)
13550Reed BuntingEmberiza schoeniclusABr
13580Song SparrowMelospiza melodiaAMBRC (BBRC)
13610White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollisAMBRC (BBRC)
13630Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalisPending (2016)MBRC (BBRC)
13760Lapland BuntingCalcarius lapponicusAMBRC
13800Snow BuntingPlectrophenax nivalisA
Categories D and E

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

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