Review List

IORC accepts for review bird records which, in general, do not occur annually in Illinois, or which are extremely rare in all but a few counties in the state. The committee also is interested in reviewing other records of significance including first state nesting records, unusual dates or locations of occurrence, etc. The review list is based on the current draft of the Illinois Checklist being prepared by IORC. Any species not included on the Illinois IORC checklist or not listed in the Birds of Illinois (Bohlen 1989) should be documented. The committee welcomes evidence+ in the form of a written documentation, sketch, photograph, video or specimen for any of the following species:

Pacific Loon

Long-tailed Jaeger

Varied Thrush

Yellow-billed Loon

Black-headed Gull

Sage Thrasher

Clark's Grebe

Mew Gull

Curve-billed Thrasher

Northern Gannet

California Gull

Sprague's Pipit

Brown Pelican

Slaty-backed Gull

Bohemian Waxwing

Neotropic Cormorant

Western Gull

Black-throated Gray Warbler


Glaucous-winged Gull

Townsend's Warbler

Magnificent Frigatebird

Ross' Gull

Kirtland's Warbler

Tricolored Heron

Ivory Gull

Swainson's Warbler

Reddish Egret

Gull-billed Tern

MacGillivray's Warbler

White Ibis

Royal Tern

Hepatic Tanager

Glossy Ibis

Sandwich Tern

Western Tanager

White-faced Ibis

Arctic Tern

Green-tailed Towhee

Wood Stork

Large-billed Tern

Cassin's Sparrow

Black Vulture**


Bachman's Sparrow

Fulvous Whistling-Duck

Ancient Murrelet

Brewer's Sparrow


Band-tailed Pigeon

Black-throated Sparrow

Eurasian Wigeon

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Lark Bunting


Common Ground-Dove

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Cinnamon Teal (females only)

Groove-billed Ani

Chestnut-collared Longspur

Tufted Duck

Barn Owl

Black-headed Grosbeak

King Eider

Northern Hawk Owl

Lazuli Bunting

Common Eider

Burrowing Owl

Painted Bunting

Harlequin Duck*

Boreal Owl

Great-tailed Grackle

Barrow's Goldeneye

Broad-billed Hummingbird

Bullock's Oriole

Swallow-tailed Kite

Rufous Hummingbird

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch

White-tailed Kite

Allen’s Hummingbird

Pine Grosbeak

Mississippi Kite**

Williamson’s Sapsucker

Hoary Redpoll

Swainson's Hawk***

Black-backed Woodpecker


Ferruginous Hawk

Western Wood-Pewee

*except Lake Michigan


Say's Phoebe

**except southern Illinois

Prairie Falcon

Vermilion Flycatcher

***except Kane and southern McHenry Cos.

Black Rail

Ash-throated Flycatcher

****except established breeding locations

Purple Gallinule

Steller's Jay


Whooping Crane

Western Scrub-Jay


Snowy Plover

Clark’s Nutcracker


Long-billed Curlew

Black-billed Magpie


Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

Violet-green Swallow


Purple Sandpiper

Boreal Chickadee


Curlew Sandpiper

Rock Wren



Northern Wheatear


Pomarine Jaeger

Mountain Bluebird


Parasitic Jaeger

Townsend’s Solitaire


+ All review list evidence and documentation forms should be sent directly to the IORC Secretary: David B. Johnson, 504 Crown Point Drive, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089 or to the IORC Secretary c/o of the Avian Ecology Program, Natural Heritage Div., DNR, Springfield IL 62701.