Washington State Checklist

Washington State official checklist
Compiled by the WOS Bird Records Committee. Updated December 2015.

Compiled through October 2015
by the Washington Bird Records Committee

The Washington Bird Records Committee considers the natural occurrence of the following birds to be adequately documented by specimens, photographs, sound recordings, and written reports. The state list now stands at 511 species. Twenty-four of these are sight records only, but which the Committee believes are valid. These are indicated by (s). Introduced species are indicated by (I). Four species have not been documented in the state during the past 60 years. These species have the year of the most recent record in parentheses.

Glaucous-winged Gull and Western Gull freely interbreed where their ranges overlap in the state, and hybrids breed widely along the entire coast. The status of Northwestern and American Crow in the state are greatly complicated by difficulties of identification and questions regarding their taxonomy. Townsend’s Warbler and Hermit Warbler hybridize freely where their breeding ranges overlap in Washington. Cordilleran Flycatcher may occur in extreme southeastern Washington, but evidence of hybridization with Pacific-slope Flycatcher and the lack of genetic studies for Washington populations have so far prevented the Committee from accepting this species for the state list.

Review List

Species in italics constitute the Review List (20 or fewer Washington records during the previous 10-year period). Written reports of any observations of these species, or of species not on the list, should be submitted, together with supporting evidence, by email (wbrc@wos.org), by using the Report Form (here), or by writing to: WBRC 12345 Lake City Way NE, #215 Seattle, WA 98125.

Names and taxonomic arrangement follow the American Ornithologists’ Union Checklist (7th ed., 1998) and supplements (2000-2015).

 Fulvous Whistling Duck (1905)
Taiga Bean Goose
Greater White-fronted Goose
Emperor Goose
Snow Goose
Ross’s Goose
Cackling Goose
Canada Goose
Trumpeter Swan
Tundra Swan
Whooper Swan
Wood Duck
Falcated Duck
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
Blue-winged Teal
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Baikal Teal
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Tufted Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Steller’s Eider
King Eider
Common Eider
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Mountain Quail
California Quail (I)
Northern Bobwhite (I)
Chukar (I)
Gray Partridge (I)
Ring-necked Pheasant (I)
Ruffed Grouse
Greater Sage-Grouse
Spruce Grouse
White-tailed Ptarmigan
Dusky Grouse
Sooty Grouse
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Wild Turkey (I)
Red-throated Loon
Arctic Loon
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Yellow-billed Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
Clark’s Grebe
White-capped Albatross
Laysan Albatross
Black-footed Albatross
Short-tailed Albatross
Northern Fulmar
Providence Petrel
Murphy’s Petrel
Mottled Petrel
Hawaiian Petrel
Cook’s Petrel

Pink-footed Shearwater
Flesh-footed Shearwater
Great Shearwater
Wedge-tailed Shearwater

Buller’s Shearwater
Sooty Shearwater
Short-tailed Shearwater
Manx Shearwater
Wilson’s Storm-Petrel (s)
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel
Leach’s Storm-Petrel
Ashy Storm-Petrel
Red-billed Tropicbird (1941)
Magnificent Frigatebird
Blue-footed Booby
Brown Booby

Brandt’s Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Red-faced Cormorant (s)
Pelagic Cormorant
American White Pelican
Brown Pelican
American Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron

Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
White Ibis
Glossy Ibis

White-faced Ibis
Turkey Vulture
California Condor (s)
White-tailed Kite
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Northern Goshawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Swainson’s Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Ferruginous Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Golden Eagle
Yellow Rail
Virginia Rail
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Black Oystercatcher
Black-bellied Plover
American Golden-Plover
Pacific Golden-Plover
Lesser Sand-Plover
Snowy Plover
Wilson’s Plover
Common Ringed Plover (s)

Semipalmated Plover
Piping Plover
Mountain Plover
Eurasian Dotterel

Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Gray-tailed Tattler
Wandering Tattler
Spotted Redshank(s)
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Wood Sandpiper
Upland Sandpiper
Little Curlew (s)

Bristle-thighed Curlew
Long-billed Curlew
Hudsonian Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Black Turnstone
Great Knot (s)
Red Knot
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Temminck’s Stint
Red-necked Stint

Rock Sandpiper
Baird’s Sandpiper
Little Stint
Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
Jack Snipe (s)
Wilson’s Snipe
Wilson’s Phalarope
Red-necked Phalarope
Red Phalarope
South Polar Skua
Pomarine Jaeger
Parasitic Jaeger
Long-tailed Jaeger
Common Murre
Thick-billed Murre
Pigeon Guillemot
Long-billed Murrelet
Marbled Murrelet
Kittlitz’s Murrelet
Scripps’s Murrelet
Guadalupe Murrelet
Ancient Murrelet
Cassin’s Auklet
Parakeet Auklet
Whiskered Auklet (s)
Rhinoceros Auklet
Horned Puffin
Tufted Puffin
Black-legged Kittiwake
Red-legged Kittiwake
Ivory Gull

Sabine’s Gull
Bonaparte’s Gull
Black-headed Gull
Little Gull
Ross’s Gull
Laughing Gull

Franklin’s Gull
Black-tailed Gull
Heermann’s Gull
Mew Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Western Gull
California Gull
Herring Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Iceland Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Slaty-backed Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Glaucous Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Least Tern

Caspian Tern
Black Tern
Common Tern
Arctic Tern
Forster’s Tern
Elegant Tern
Rock Pigeon (I)
Band-tailed Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove (I)
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
 Black-billed Cuckoo
Barn Owl
Flammulated Owl
Western Screech-Owl
Great Horned Owl
Snowy Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
Northern Pygmy-Owl
Burrowing Owl
Spotted Owl
Barred Owl
Great Gray Owl
Long-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Boreal Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Common Nighthawk
Common Poorwill
Black Swift
Vaux’s Swift
White-throated Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (s)
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Costa’s Hummingbird
Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird
Allen’s Hummingbird (1894)
Calliope Hummingbird
Broad-billed Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Lewis’s Woodpecker
Acorn Woodpecker
Williamson’s Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Red-naped Sapsucker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
White-headed Woodpecker
Am. Three-toed Woodpecker
Black-backed Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Crested Caracara
Eurasian Kestrel

American Kestrel
Eurasian Hobby
Peregrine Falcon
Prairie Falcon
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Greater Pewee (s)
Western Wood-Pewee
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Alder Flycatcher

Willow Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Gray Flycatcher
Dusky Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe
Say’s Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Variegated Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Western Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Fork-tailed Flycatcher

Loggerhead Shrike
Northern Shrike
White-eyed Vireo (s)
Bell’s Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo

Cassin’s Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Hutton’s Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo (s)
Red-eyed Vireo
Gray Jay
Pinyon Jay
Steller’s Jay
Blue Jay
Western Scrub-Jay
Clark’s Nutcracker
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Sky Lark (I)
Horned Lark
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
N. Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Boreal Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Pygmy Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Rock Wren
Canyon Wren
House Wren
Pacific Wren
Marsh Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
American Dipper
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Northern Wheatear
Western Bluebird
Mountain Bluebird
Townsend’s Solitaire
Gray-cheeked Thrush (s)
Swainson’s Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Dusky Thrush (s)

American Robin
Varied Thrush
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Sage Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling (I)
Siberian Accentor
Eastern Yellow Wagtail
White Wagtail
Red-throated Pipit (s)

American Pipit
Bohemian Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing
Phainopepla (s)
Lapland Longspur
Chestnut-collared Longspur
Smith’s Longspur
McCown’s Longspur (s)

Snow Bunting
McKay’s Bunting

Northern Waterthrush
Golden-winged Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Tennessee Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler
Lucy’s Warbler(s)
Nashville Warbler
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Mourning Warbler (s)
Kentucky Warbler (s)

Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
American Redstart
Cape May Warbler
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler (s)

Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler

Palm Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Prairie Warbler (s)

Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Hermit Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Canada Warbler

Wilson’s Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Green-tailed Towhee
Spotted Towhee
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Clay-colored Sparrow
Brewer’s Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Black-throated Sparrow
Sagebrush Sparrow
Lark Bunting
Savannah Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Le Conte’s Sparrow
Nelson’s Sparrow (s)

Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Harris’s Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Rustic Bunting
Summer Tanager

Western Tanager
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Black-headed Grosbeak
Lazuli Bunting
Indigo Bunting
Painted Bunting

Red-winged Blackbird
Tricolored Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Western Meadowlark
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird
Brewer’s Blackbird
Common Grackle
Great-tailed Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Hooded Oriole

Bullock’s Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Scott’s Oriole

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch
Pine Grosbeak
House Finch
Purple Finch
Cassin’s Finch
Red Crossbill
White-winged Crossbill
Common Redpoll
Hoary Redpoll
Pine Siskin
Lesser Goldfinch
Lawrence’s Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
Evening Grosbeak
House Sparrow (I)