The Life List

The Birder's Life List is a very important document. It is essentially one's checklist of birds, a list of all the birds you have ever seen. No proof is required to put a bird on your life list, and some birders don't care to take photos at all. It is a great triumph for some to simply see a bird and place in on the list. A large and well rounded life list is a measure of the success you have achieved in this hobby. The Amateurnithologist's life list, below, declares his amateur status. Pictures have been included where possible.


My Life List last updated 2/22/2017

Anhinga (Anhingidae)
Anhinga 
 

Auks, Murres, and Puffins (Alcidae)
Atlantic Puffin
Common Murre
Black Guillemot
Razorbill

Avocets and Stilts (Recurvirostridae) 
American Avocet
Black-necked Stilt

Barn Owl (Tytonidae)
Barn Owl 

Bitterns, Herons and Egrets (Ardeidae)
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Cattle Egret
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Little Blue Heron
Snowy Egret
Tricolored Heron

Blackbirds and Orioles (Icteridae)
Boat-tailed Grackle
Brewer's Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Common Grackle
Great-tailed Grackle
Red-winged Blackbird

Cardinals (Cardinalidae)
Northern Cardinal

Chickadees, Tits, and Titmice (Paridae)
Black-capped Chickadee
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee




Coots and Rails (Rallidae)
American Coot

Common Galinule
Purple Galinule
Purple Swamp Hen
Ridgeway's Rail
Sora

Cormorants (Phalacrocoracidae) 
Brandt's Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

Cranes (Gruidae)
Sandhill Crane 

Crows and Jays (Corvidae)
American Crow
Black-billed Magpie
Blue Jay
California Scrub Jay
Common Raven
Steller's Jay
Western Scrub-Jay
White-throated Magpie Jay
Yellow-billed Magpie

Cuckoos (Cuculidae)
Groove-billed Ani 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Ducks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae) 
American Wigeon
African Goose
Brant
Bufflehead
Canada Goose
Canvasback
Cayuga Duck
Cinnamon Teal
Common Eider
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Greater Scaup
Green-winged Teal
Greylag Goose
Lesser Scaup
Mallard
Muscovy Duck
Nene
Northern Pintail
Northern Shoveler
Ruddy Duck
Surf Scoter
Trumpeter Swan
Tufted Duck

Estrilid Finches (Estrildidae)
Java Sparrow

Falcons (Falconidae)
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon

Finches (Fringillidae)
'Apapane
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch

Flycatchers (Tyrannidae)
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Black Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe
Great Kiskadee
Say's Phoebe
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Grebes (Podicipedidae)
Pied-billed Grebe
Western Grebe

Guans, Cassowarys (Cracidae)
Crested Guan

Gulls, Terns, Skimmers (Laridae)
Atlantic Gull
Common Tern
Elegant Tern
Great Black-backed Gull
Heerman's Gull
Herring Gull (possibly)
Laughing Gull
Least Tern
Ring-billed Gull
Royal Tern
Western Gull
Yellow-Footed Gull (questionable)

Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)
Anna's Hummingbird
Costa's Hummingbird (?)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ibises (Threskiornithidae)
Glossy Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill
White Ibis

Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)
Belted Kingfisher

Kites, Eagles and Hawks (Accipitridae)
Bald Eagle
Cooper's Hawk
Golden Eagle
Red Shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Roadside Hawk
White-tailed Kite

Larks (Alaudidae)
Horned Lark

Limpkin (Aramidae)
Limpkin

Loons (Gaviidae)
Common Loon

Mockingbirds and Thrashers (Mimidae)
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird

Nuthatches (Sittidae)
Pygmy Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch

Osprey (Pandionidae)
Osprey

Ostriches (Struthionidae)
Common Ostrich


Owl (Strigidae)
Burrowing Owl

Oystercatchers (Haematopodidae)
Black Oystercatcher

Pelicans (Pelecanidae) 
American White Pelican
Brown Pelican

Penguins (Spheniscidae)
African Penguin

Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)
Eurasian Collared Dove
Inca Dove
Mourning Dove
Rock Dove
Spotted Dove

Plovers and Lapwings (Charadriidae)
Grey Plover
Snowy Plover

Quails (Odontophoridae)
California Quail

Sandpipers (Scolopacidae)
Black Turnstone
Greater Yellowlegs
Long-billed Curlew
Marbled Godwit
Sanderling
Willet

Silky-flycatchers (Ptiliogonatidae)
Phainopepla

Skimmers (Rynchopidae)
Black Skimmer

Sparrows (Emberizidae) 
California Towhee
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Green-tailed Towhee
House Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
White-crowned Sparrow

Starlings (Sturnidae)
European Starling

Storks (Ciconiidae)
Wood Stork

Swallows (Hirundinidae)
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Violet-green Swallow

Tanagers (Thraupidae)
Bay-headed Tanager
Red-legged Honeycreeper
Red-crested Cardinal
Rufuous-crowned Tanager
Safron Finch
Western Tanager
Yellow-billed Cardinal

Thrushes (Turdidae)
American Robin
Clay-colored Thrush
Varied Thrush
Western Bluebird

Toucans (Ramphastidae)
Keel-billed Toucan

Trogons and Quetzals (Trogonidae)
Black-headed Trogon

True Owls (Strigidae)
Great Horned Owl
Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl

True Parrots (Psittacidae)
Blue and Yellow Macaw
Monk Parakeet
Orange-fronted Parakeet
Red-masked Parakeet
Scarlet Macaw


Turkeys and Grouse (Phasianidae) 
Common Peafowl
Ring-necked Pheasant
Wild Turkey

Vultures (Cathartidae)
Black Vulture
California Condor
Turkey Vulture

Waxwings (Bombycillidae)
Cedar Waxwing

White-eyes (Zosteropidae)
Japanese White-eye

Woodpeckers (Picidae)
Acorn Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Red-breasted Sapsucker

Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)
American Redstart
Black-and-white Wabler
Common Yellowthroat
Hermit Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

Wrens (Troglodytidae)
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Rock Wren

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