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. 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).

Categories of wild bird (as used by the Manx List and BBRC/BOU)

 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.

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 (v.2015)

[Br]  The species is known to have bred in the Isle of Man on at least one occasion.

*  Species for which a written description is required by the Manx Birds Rarities Committee (MBRC).

**  Species that are scrutinised by the British Birds Rarities Committee (BBRC).

How to submit your records

Please use the online submissions form to send us your records. For rare and scarce Manx birds (marked * and **), 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.

No.Common English nameCurrent BOU nameScientific nameCode
1Mute Swan [B]Cygnus olorAC
2Bewick's SwanTundra SwanCygnus columbianusA
3Whooper SwanCygnus cygnusA
4Bean Goose*Tundra/Taiga Bean GooseAnser fabalisB
5Pink-footed GooseAnser brachyrhynchusA
6White-fronted GooseGreater White-fronted GooseAnser albifronsA
7Greylag Goose [B]Anser anserAC
8Canada Goose [B]Greater Canada GooseBranta canadensisAC
9Barnacle GooseBranta leucopsisA
10Brent GooseBrant GooseBranta berniclaA
11Shelduck [B]Common ShelduckTadorna tadornaA
12WigeonEurasian WigeonAnas penelopeA
13American Wigeon*Anas americanaA
14GadwallAnas streperaAC
15Teal [B]Eurasian TealAnas creccaA
16Green-winged Teal*Anas carolinensisA
17Mallard [B]Anas platyrhynchosAC
18PintailNorthern PintailAnas acutaA
19Garganey*Anas querquedulaA
20Blue-winged Teal**Anas discorsA
21Shoveler [B]Northern ShovelerAnas clypeataA
22Red-crested Pochard*Netta rufinaA
23PochardCommon PochardAythya ferinaA
24Ring-necked Duck*Aythya collarisA
25Ferruginous Duck*Aythya nyrocaA
26Tufted Duck [B]Aythya fuligulaA
27ScaupGreater ScaupAythya marilaA
28Eider [B]Common EiderSomateria mollissimaA
29King Eider**Somateria spectabilisA
30Long-tailed DuckClangula hyemalisA
31Common ScoterMelanitta nigraA
32Surf Scoter*Melanitta perspicillataA
33Velvet ScoterMelanitta fuscaA
34GoldeneyeCommon GoldeneyeBucephala clangulaA
35Smew*Mergellus albellusA
36Red-breasted Merganser [B]Mergus serratorA
37GoosanderCommon MerganserMergus merganserA
38Ruddy Duck [B]Oxyura jamaicensisC*
39Quail [B]Common QuailCoturnix coturnixA
40Red-legged Partridge [B]Alectoris rufaC
41Red Grouse [B]Willow PtarmiganLagopus lagopusA
42Grey Partridge [B]Perdix perdixAC
43Pheasant [B]Common PheasantPhasianus colchicusC
44Red-throated DiverRed-throated LoonGavia stellataA
45Black-throated DiverBlack-throated LoonGavia arcticaA
46Great Northern DiverGreat Northern LoonGavia immerA
47White-billed Diver*Yellow-billed LoonGavia adamsiiA
48Fulmar [B]Northern FulmarFulmarus glacialisA
49Cory's Shearwater*Calonectris borealisA
50Great Shearwater*Puffinus gravisA
51Sooty ShearwaterPuffinus griseusA
52Manx Shearwater [B]Puffinus puffinusA
53Balearic Shearwater*Puffinus mauretanicusA
54Macaronesian Shearwater**Barolo ShearwaterPuffinus baroliA
55Storm PetrelEuropean Storm PetrelHydrobates pelagicusA
56Leach's PetrelLeach's Storm PetrelOceanodroma leucorhoaA
57GannetNorthern GannetMorus bassanusA
58Cormorant [B]Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carboA
59Shag [B]European ShagPhalacrocorax aristotelisA
60Magnificent Frigatebird**Fregata magnificensA
61Bittern*Eurasian BitternBotaurus stellarisA
62Little Bittern**Ixobrychus minutusA
63Night Heron*Black-crowned Night HeronNycticorax nycticoraxA
64Cattle Egret*Western Cattle EgretBubulcus ibisA
65Little EgretEgretta garzettaA
66Great White Egret*Great EgretArdea albaA
67Grey Heron [B]Ardea cinereaA
68Purple Heron*Ardea purpureaA
69White StorkCiconia ciconiaAE
70Spoonbill*Eurasian SpoonbillPlatalea leucorodiaA
71Little Grebe [B]Tachybaptus ruficollisA
72Great Crested GrebePodiceps cristatusA
73Red-necked Grebe*Podiceps grisegenaA
74Slavonian Grebe*Horned GrebePodiceps auritusA
75Black-necked Grebe*Podiceps nigricollisA
76Honey-buzzard*European Honey BuzzardPernis apivorusA
77Black Kite*Milvus migransA
78Red Kite*Milvus milvusAC*
79White-tailed Eagle*Haliaeetus albicillaB
80Marsh Harrier*Western Marsh HarrierCircus aeruginosusA
81Hen Harrier [B]Hen Harrier & Northern HarrierCircus cyaneusA
82Goshawk*Northern GoshawkAccipiter gentilisAC*
83Sparrowhawk [B]Eurasian SparrowhawkAccipiter nisusA
84Buzzard [B]Common BuzzardButeo buteoA
85Rough-legged Buzzard*Buteo lagopusA
86Golden Eagle*Aquila chrysaetosA
87OspreyWestern OspreyPandion haliaetusA
88Water Rail [B]Rallus aquaticusA
89Spotted Crake*Porzana porzanaB
90Baillon's Crake**Porzana pusillaB
91Corncrake* [B]Corn CrakeCrex crexA
92Moorhen [B]Common MoorhenGallinula chloropusA
93Coot [B]Eurasian CootFulica atraA
94Crane*Common CraneGrus grusA
95Stone-curlew*Eurasian Stone-curlewBurhinus oedicnemusA
96Avocet*Pied AvocetRecurvirostra avosettaA
97Oystercatcher [B]Eurasian OystercatcherHaematopus ostralegusA
98Golden Plover [B]European Golden PloverPluvialis apricariaA
99Grey PloverPluvialis squatarolaA
100Lapwing [B]Northern LapwingVanellus vanellusA
101Little Ringed Plover*Charadrius dubiusA
102Ringed Plover [B]Common Ringed PloverCharadrius hiaticulaA
103Kentish Plover*Charadrius alexandrinusA
104Dotterel*Eurasian DotterelCharadrius morinellusA
105WhimbrelNumenius phaeopusA
106Curlew [B]Eurasian CurlewNumenius arquataA
107Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosaA
108Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponicaA
109TurnstoneRuddy TurnstoneArenaria interpresA
110KnotRed KnotCalidris canutusA
111RuffCalidris pugnaxA
112Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferrugineaA
113Temminck's Stint*Calidris temminckiiA
114SanderlingCalidris albaA
115DunlinCalidris alpinaA
116Purple SandpiperCalidris maritimaA
117Baird's Sandpiper**Calidris bairdiiA
118Little StintCalidris minutaA
119White-rumped Sandpiper*Calidris fuscicollisA
120Buff-breasted Sandpiper*Calidris subruficollisA
121Pectoral Sandpiper*Calidris melanotosA
122Wilson's Phalarope**Phalaropus tricolorA
123Red-necked Phalarope*Phalaropus lobatusA
124Grey Phalarope*Red PhalaropePhalaropus fulicariusA
125Common Sandpiper [B]Actitis hypoleucosA
126Green Sandpiper*Tringa ochropusA
127Spotted Redshank*Tringa erythropusA
128GreenshankCommon GreenshankTringa nebulariaA
129Lesser Yellowlegs**Tringa flavipesB
130Wood Sandpiper*Tringa glareolaA
131Redshank [B]Common RedshankTringa totanusA
132Jack SnipeLymnocryptes minimusA
133Long-billed Dowitcher**Limnodromus scolopaceusA
134Woodcock [B]Eurasian WoodcockScolopax rusticolaA
135Snipe [B]Common SnipeGallinago gallinagoA
136Great Snipe**Gallinago mediaB
137Pomarine Skua*Stercorarius pomarinusA
138Arctic SkuaParasitic JaegerStercorarius parasiticusA
139Long-tailed Skua*Long-tailed JaegerStercorarius longicaudusA
140Great SkuaStercorarius skuaA
141Puffin [B]Atlantic PuffinFratercula arcticaA
142Black Guillemot [B]Cepphus grylleA
143Razorbill [B]Alca tordaA
144Great AukPinguinus impennisB2
145Little Auk*Alle alleA
146Guillemot [B]Common MurreUria aalgeA
147Bridled Tern**Onychoprion anaethetusA
148Little Tern [B]Sternula albifronsA
149Black Tern*Chlidonias nigerA
150Sandwich Tern [B]Sterna sandvicensisA
151Common Tern [B]Sterna hirundoA
152Roseate Tern*Sterna dougalliiA
153Arctic Tern [B]Sterna paradisaeaA
154Sabine's Gull*Xema sabiniA
155Kittiwake [B]Black-legged KittiwakeRissa tridactylaA
156Black-headed Gull [B]Chroicocephalus ridibundusA
157Little GullHydrocoloeus minutusA
158Mediterranean Gull*Larus melanocephalusA
159Common Gull [B]Mew GullLarus canusA
160Ring-billed Gull*Larus delawarensisA
161Lesser Black-backed Gull [B]Larus fuscusA
162Herring Gull [B]European Herring GullLarus argentatusA
163Yellow-legged Gull *Larus michahellisA
164Iceland GullLarus glaucoidesA
165Glaucous GullLarus hyperboreusA
166Great Black-backed Gull [B]Larus marinusA
167Pallas's Sandgrouse**Syrrhaptes paradoxusB
168Rock Dove/Feral Pigeon [B]Columba liviaA
169Stock Dove [B]Columba oenasA
170Woodpigeon [B]Common Wood PigeonColumba palumbusA
171Collared Dove [B]Eurasian Collared DoveStreptopelia decaoctoA
172Turtle Dove*European Turtle DoveStreptopelia turturA
173Mourning Dove**Zenaida macrouraA
174Great Spotted Cuckoo**Clamator glandariusA
175Cuckoo [B]Common CuckooCuculus canorusA
176Yellow-billed Cuckoo**Coccyzus americanusA
177Barn Owl [B]Western Barn OwlTyto albaA
178Scops Owl**Eurasian Scops OwlOtus scopsA
179Snowy Owl**Bubo scandiacusB
180Little Owl*Athene noctuaC*
181Tawny Owl*Strix alucoA
182Long-eared Owl [B]Asio otusA
183Short-eared Owl [B]Asio flammeusA
184Nightjar* [B]European NightjarCaprimulgus europaeusA
185Swift [B]Common SwiftApus apusA
186Alpine Swift*Apus melbaA
187HoopoeEurasian HoopoeUpupa epopsA
188Bee-eater*European Bee-eaterMerops apiasterA
189Roller**European RollerCoracias garrulusA
190Kingfisher [B]Common KingfisherAlcedo atthisA
191Wryneck*Eurasian WryneckJynx torquillaA
192Green WoodpeckerEuropean Green WoodpeckerPicus viridisA
193Great Spotted Woodpecker [B]Dendrocopos majorA
194Kestrel [B]Common KestrelFalco tinnunculusA
195Red-footed Falcon*Falco vespertinusA
196Merlin [B]Falco columbariusA
197Hobby*Eurasian HobbyFalco subbuteoA
198Gyr Falcon**GyrfalconFalco rusticolusB
199Peregrine [B]Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinusA
200Ring-necked ParakeetRose-ringed ParakeetPsittacula krameriC*
201Golden Oriole*Eurasian Golden OrioleOriolus oriolusA
202Red-backed Shrike*Lanius collurioA
203Great Grey Shrike*Lanius excubitorA
204Southern Grey Shrike**Lanius meridionalisA
205Woodchat Shrike*Lanius senatorA
206Chough [B]Red-billed ChoughPyrrhocorax pyrrhocoraxA
207Magpie [B]Eurasian MagpiePica picaA
208Jay*Eurasian JayGarrulus glandariusA
209Jackdaw [B]Western JackdawCorvus monedulaA
210Rook [B]Corvus frugilegusA
211Carrion Crow [B]Corvus coroneA
212Hooded Crow [B]Corvus cornixA
213Raven [B]Northern RavenCorvus coraxA
214Goldcrest [B]Regulus regulusA
215Firecrest*Common FirecrestRegulus ignicapillaA
216Blue Tit [B]Eurasian Blue TitCyanistes caeruleusA
217Great Tit [B]Parus majorA
218Coal Tit [B]Periparus aterA
219Marsh Tit*Poecile palustrisA
220Bearded Tit*Bearded ReedlingPanurus biarmicusA
221Woodlark*Lullula arboreaA
222Skylark [B]Eurasian SkylarkAlauda arvensisA
223Shore Lark*Horned LarkEremophila alpestrisA
224Calandra Lark**Melanocorypha calandraA
225Sand Martin [B]Riparia ripariaA
226Swallow [B]Barn SwallowHirundo rusticaA
227House Martin [B]Common House MartinDelichon urbicumA
228Long-tailed Tit [B]Aegithalos caudatusA
229Greenish Warbler*Phylloscopus trochiloidesA
230Pallas's Warbler*Pallas's Leaf WarblerPhylloscopus proregulusA
231Yellow-browed Warbler*Phylloscopus inornatusA
232Dusky Warbler*Phylloscopus fuscatusA
233Western Bonelli's Warbler**Phylloscopus bonelliA
234Wood Warbler* [B]Phylloscopus sibilatrixA
235Chiffchaff [B]Common ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybitaA
236Iberian ChiffchaffPhylloscopus ibericusA
237Willow Warbler [B]Phylloscopus trochilusA
238Blackcap [B]Eurasian BlackcapSylvia atricapillaA
239Garden Warbler [B]Sylvia borinA
240Barred Warbler*Sylvia nisoriaA
241Lesser Whitethroat [B]Sylvia currucaA
242Whitethroat [B]Common WhitethroatSylvia communisA
243Subalpine Warbler*Sylvia cantillansA
244Sardinian Warbler**Sylvia melanocephalaA
245Grasshopper Warbler [B]Common Grasshopper WarblerLocustella naeviaA
246Icterine Warbler*Hippolais icterinaA
247Melodious Warbler*Hippolais polyglottaA
248Aquatic Warbler**Acrocephalus paludicolaA
249Sedge Warbler [B]Acrocephalus schoenobaenusA
250Blyth's Reed Warbler*Acrocephalus dumetorumA
251Marsh Warbler*Acrocephalus palustrisA
252Reed Warbler*Eurasian Reed WarblerAcrocephalus scirpaceusA
253Great Reed Warbler **Acrocephalus arundinaceusA
254WaxwingBohemian WaxwingBombycilla garrulusA
255Nuthatch*Eurasian NuthatchSitta europaeaA
256Treecreeper [B]Eurasian TreecreeperCerthia familiarisA
257Wren [B]Eurasian WrenTroglodytes troglodytesA
258Starling [B]Common StarlingSturnus vulgarisA
259Rose-coloured Starling*Rosy StarlingPastor roseusA
260Dipper* [B]White-throated DipperCinclus cinclusA
261Ring Ouzel [B]Turdus torquatusA
262Blackbird [B]Common BlackbirdTurdus merulaA
263FieldfareTurdus pilarisA
264Song Thrush [B]Turdus philomelosA
265RedwingTurdus iliacusA
266Mistle Thrush [B]Turdus viscivorusA
267Spotted Flycatcher [B]Muscicapa striataA
268Robin [B]European RobinErithacus rubeculaA
269White-throated Robin**Irania gutturalisA
270Thrush Nightingale**Luscinia lusciniaA
271Nightingale*Common NightingaleLuscinia megarhynchosA
272Bluethroat*Luscinia svecicaA
273Red-breasted Flycatcher*Ficedula parvaA
274Pied Flycatcher*European Pied FlycatcherFicedula hypoleucaA
275Black RedstartPhoenicurus ochrurosA
276Redstart [B]Common RedstartPhoenicurus phoenicurusA
277Whinchat [B]Saxicola rubetraA
278Stonechat [B]European StonechatSaxicola rubicolaA
279Wheatear [B]Northern WheatearOenanthe oenantheA
280Desert Wheatear**Oenanthe desertiA
281Black-eared Wheatear**Oenanthe hispanicaA
282Dunnock [B]Prunella modularisA
283House Sparrow [B]Passer domesticusA
284Tree Sparrow [B]Eurasian Tree SparrowPasser montanusA
285Yellow Wagtail*Motacilla flavaA
286Grey Wagtail [B]Motacilla cinereaA
287Pied Wagtail [B]White WagtailMotacilla albaA
288Richard's Pipit*Anthus richardiA
289Tawny Pipit**Anthus campestrisA
290Olive-backed Pipit**Anthus hodgsoniA
291Tree Pipit* [B]Anthus trivialisA
292Pechora Pipit**Anthus gustaviA
293Meadow Pipit [B]Anthus pratensisA
294Red-throated Pipit**Anthus cervinusA
295Rock Pipit [B]Eurasian Rock PipitAnthus petrosusA
296Water Pipit*Anthus spinolettaA
297BramblingFringilla montifringillaA
298Chaffinch [B]Common ChaffinchFringilla coelebsA
299Hawfinch*Coccothraustes coccothraustesA
300Common Rosefinch*Erythrina erythrinaA
301Bullfinch*Eurasian BullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhulaA
302Greenfinch [B]European GreenfinchChloris chlorisA
303Linnet [B]Common LinnetLinaria cannabinaA
304Twite [B]Linaria flavirostrisA
305Lesser Redpoll [B]Common RedpollAcanthis cabaretA
306Common Redpoll*Acanthis flammeaA
307Arctic Redpoll*Acanthis hornemanniA
308CrossbillRed CrossbillLoxia curvirostraA
309Goldfinch [B]European GoldfinchCarduelis carduelisA
310Serin*European SerinSerinus serinusA
311Siskin [B]Eurasian SiskinSpinus spinusA
312Snow BuntingPlectrophenax nivalisA
313Lapland Bunting*Lapland LongspurCalcarius lapponicusA
314Song Sparrow**Melospiza melodiaA
315White-throated Sparrow**Zonotrichia albicollisA
316Yellowhammer [B]Emberiza citrinellaA
317Cirl Bunting*Emberiza cirlusB
318Ortolan Bunting*Emberiza hortulanaA
319Rustic Bunting**Emberiza rusticaA
320Little Bunting*Emberiza pusillaA
321Reed Bunting [B]Common Reed BuntingEmberiza schoeniclusA
322Black-headed Bunting**Emberiza melanocephalaA
323Corn Bunting* [B]Emberiza calandraA
324Baltimore Oriole**Icterus galbulaA
325Yellow-rumped Warbler**Myrtle WarblerSetophaga coronataA
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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