RBBP Species List

Dartford Warbler by Kev Joynes

For further information about this list see Data Submission.

A downloadable version of the species list (in MS Excel format) is also available: Download here.

In Ireland, the UK Rare Breeding Birds Panel is responsible for collating data on rare breeding species rare within the whole of the UK which breed or attempt to breed in Northern Ireland, but not those in the Republic or Ireland. The Irish Rare Breeding Birds Panel operates across the whole of the island of Ireland. More information on the Irish Rare Breeding Birds Panel can be found here ; this link includes the list of species covered in Ireland.

The list below is effective for data collated from 2016 onwards. The species on the list are divided into native and non-native breeding birds, and each of these groups are further sub-divided as follows. Species are divided into six categories, defined here: Classification of species.

The full criteria for species selection is available here: Species selection criteria. These criteria replace those documented in our 2009 report (British Birds 104:479-480). Note that species in the regular and occasional breeding categories have bred (confirmed breeding category) in the UK at least once since 1900, though a few occasional breeders as one of a mixed pair only.

Rare Breeding Birds in the UK - Regular Breeders  
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus
Garganey Anas querquedula
Shoveler Anas clypeata
Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope
Pintail Anas acuta
Common Pochard Aythya ferina
Common Scoter Melanitta nigra
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula
Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus
Common Quail Coturnix coturnix
Red-throated Diver Gavia stellata
Black-throated Diver Gavia arctica
Slavonian Grebe Podiceps auritus
Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris
Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus
Great White Egret Ardea alba
Little Egret Egretta garzetta
Osprey Pandion haliaetus
Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos
Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis
Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus
Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus
White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla
Great Bustard Otis tarda
Water Rail Rallus aquaticus
Corn Crake Crex crex
Spotted Crake Porzana porzana
Common Crane Grus grus
Stone-curlew Burhinus oedicnemus
Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta
Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius
Dotterel Charadrius morinellus
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa
Ruff Calidris pugnax
Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima
Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus
Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola
Greenshank Tringa nebularia
Mediterranean Gull Ichthyaetus melanocephalus
Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis
Little Tern Sternula albifrons
Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii
Arctic Skua Stercorarius parasiticus
Long-eared Owl Asio otos
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Dryobates minor
Merlin Falco columbarius
Hobby Falco subbuteo
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio
Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
Willow Tit Poecile montana
Bearded Tit Panurus biarmicus
Woodlark Lullula arborea
Cetti's Warbler Cettia cetti
Marsh Warbler Acrocephalus palustris
Savi's Warbler Locustella luscinioides
Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata
Firecrest Regulus ignicapilla
Fair Isle Wren Troglodytes troglodytes fridariensis
St. Kilda Wren Troglodytes troglodytes hirtensis
Short-toed Treecreeper Certhia brachydactyla
Fieldfare Turdus pilaris
Redwing Turdus iliacus
Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros
White Wagtail Motacilla alba alba
Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes
Common Redpoll Carduelis flammea
Parrot Crossbill Loxia pytyopsittacus
Cirl Bunting Emberiza cirlus
Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis
Rare Breeding Birds in the UK - Occasional & Former Breeders  
Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus
American Black Duck Anas rubripes
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca
Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
Greater Scaup Aythya marila
Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea
Northern Harrier Circus hudsonius
Black Kite Milvus migrans
Baillon's Crake Porzana pusilla
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus
Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii
Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius
Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus
Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus
Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica
Lesser Crested Tern Thalasseus bengalensis
Black Tern Chlidonias niger
Long-tailed Skua Stercorarius longicaudus
Barn Owl (dark-breasted race only) Tyto alba guttata
Snowy Owl Bubo scandiacus
European Bee-eater Merops apiaster
Hoopoe Upupa epops
Wryneck Jynx torquilla
Shore Lark Eremophila alpestris
Iberian Chiffchaff Phylloscopus ibericus
Icterine Warbler Hippolais icterina
Bluethroat Luscinia svecica
Yellow Wagtail (Blue-headed race only) Motacilla flava flava
Rock Pipit (Scandinavian race only) Anthus petrosus littoralis
Brambling Fringilla montifringilla
Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus
European Serin Serinus serinus
Lapland Bunting Calcarius lapponicus
Rare Breeding Birds in the UK - Colonising Breeders  
Rare Breeding Birds in the UK - Potential Breeders  
Bewick's Swan Cygnus columbianus
Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
Green-winged Teal Anas carolinensis
Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis
King Eider Somateria spectabilis
Velvet Scoter Melanitta fusca
Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis
Smew Mergellus albellus
Great Northern Diver Gavia immer
White-billed Diver Gavia adamsii
Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris
Barolo Shearwater Puffinus baroli
White Stork Ciconia ciconia
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus
Rough-legged Buzzard Buteo lagopus
Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica
Turnstone Arenaria interpres
Broad-billed Sandpiper Calidris falcinellus
Sanderling Calidris alba
Buff-breasted Sandpiper Tryngites subruficollis
Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos
Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus
Great Snipe Gallinago media
Slender-billed Gull Chroicocephalus genei
Eurasian Scops Owl Otus scops
Pallid Swift Apus pallidus
Gyr Falcon Falco rusticolus
Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor
Waxwing Bombycilla garrulus
Penduline Tit Remiz pendulinus
Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla
Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica
Western Bonelli's Warbler Phylloscopus bonelli
Pallas's Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus proregulus
Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus trochiloides
Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus
Blyth's Reed Warbler Acrocephalus dumetorum
Booted Warbler Hippolais caligata
Melodious Warbler Hippolais polyglotta
River Warbler Locustella fluviatilis
Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis
Asian Desert Warbler Sylvia nana
Marmora's Warbler Sylvia sarda
Spectacled Warbler Sylvia conspicillata
Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans
Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala
Thrush Nightingale Luscinia luscinia
Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola
Two-barred Crossbill Loxia leucoptera
Yellow-breasted Bunting Emberiza aureola
Rare Non-native Breeding Birds in the UK - Regular Breeders  
Bar-headed Goose Anser indicus
Snow Goose Anser caerulescens
Black Swan Cygnus atratus
Whooper Swan (naturalised) Cygnus cygnus
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea
Muscovy Duck Cairina moschata
Wood Duck Aix sponsa
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina
Common Goldeneye (naturalised) Bucephala clangula
Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
Golden Pheasant Chrysolophus pictus
Eagle Owl Bubo bubo
Monk Parakeet Myiopsitta monarchus
Rare Non-native Breeding Birds in the UK - Occasional & Former Breeders  
Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis
Emperor Goose Chen canagica
Swan Goose Anser cygnoides
Taiga Bean Goose Anser fabalis
Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus
White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons
Trumpeter Swan Cygnus buccinator
South African (Cape) Shelduck Tadorna cana
Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
Helmeted Guinea-fowl Numida meleagris
Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo
Silver Pheasant Lophura nycthemera
Reeves's Pheasant Syrmaticus reevesii
Green Pheasant Phasianus versicolor
Lady Amherst's Pheasant Chrysolophus amherstiae
Indian Peafowl Pavo cristatus
Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Harris's Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus
Blue-crowned Parakeet Thectocercus acuticaudatus
Alexandrine Parakeet Psittacula eupatria
Rosy-faced Lovebird Agapornis roseicollis
Red-winged Laughingthrush Trochalopteron formosum
Canary Serinus canaria
Rare Non-native Breeding Birds in the UK - Potential Breeders  
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus
Ringed Teal Callonetta leucophrys
Yellow-billed (Speckled) Teal Anas flavirostris
Northern Bobwhite Colinus virginianus
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
Red-rumped Parrot Psephotus haematonotus
Budgerigar Melopsittacus undulatus

NOTE: Currently there are no species categorised as Colonising (first bred in the UK in the most recent five years (2011-2015), or subsequently if known at the current time, and have bred each year since)

Revision date: 4th January 2018