The Irish List up to the most recent Irish Rare Bird Report on 31st December 2019 is available to download as a PDF by following the link in the right-hand panel. The Irish List consists of all species included in Categories A, B & C (see below for a description of the Category system) in the geographical area covered by the IRBC and the NIRBC. The sequence and scientific nomenclature largely follows the IOC World List version 9.1 (Gill F & D Donsker (Eds) 2019. IOC World Bird List (v9.1). doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.9.1), replacing the previously referenced BOU British List (British Ornithologists’ Union 2013).
New species are added to the Irish List following their publication in the Irish Rare Bird Report and a full list of subspecies will be included in the next update. Species may occasionally be removed from the Irish List when the evidence no longer supports their inclusion. In addition, changes are made to the Irish List as the IOC (a taxonomy and nomenclature standard now widely used across the world) recommend the splitting or lumping of existing species as well as revising the list order. Details of any changes in the Irish List are included in the Announcement pages.
Please note that the Irish List includes four records which are not specifically identified, i.e. Band-rumped/Monteiro's/Cape Verde Storm-petrel, Zino's, Fea's or Desertas Petrel, Frigatebird species and Black or White-crowned Wheatear. When known, the relevant subspecies is included in the Irish List.
At sea records are those that are observed outside of 30 km (approx. 16.2 nautical miles) from the nearest point of land but within the Exclusive Economic Zone which extends to approximately 370 km (200 nautical miles) offshore or where relevant, the median point between Ireland and Great Britain are assessed and published by the IRBC in the Irish Rare Bird Report, but are excluded from the main Irish List.
Species and subspecies added to the Irish List since 2000
Category D and 'At sea' records not included.
|Species or subspecies||Date||Location||Reference|
|† Indicates the bird was found dead.|
|§ Indicates the bird is also a first Western Palearctic record.|
|¤ Indicates the finder's account is available through the Gallery Notes page.|
|Taiga Flycatcher||21st October 2018||Galley Head, Cork||Irish Birds 42: 90|
|Veery||17th October 2018||Cummer, Cape Clear Island, Cork||Irish Birds 42: 88|
|Brown Booby||13th August 2016||Southwest of Skellig Islands, Kerry||Irish Birds 10: 404|
|Greater Sand Plover||20th July 2016||Tacumshin Lake, Wexford||Irish Birds 10: 404|
|Vega Gull||10th January 2016||Duncannon, Wexford||Irish Birds 10: 404|
|Glaucous-winged Gull||2nd January 2016||Castletownbere, Cork||Irish Birds 10: 404|
|Hudsonian Godwit ¤||22nd July 2015||Inishdawros, Ballyconneely, Galway||Irish Birds 10: 404|
|Black Scoter ¤||8th January 2015||Off Mountain Stage, near Rossbeigh, Kerry||Irish Birds 10: 394|
|Slaty-backed Gull||8th February 2014||Waterside, Galway||Irish Birds 10: 250|
|American Purple Gallinule †||2nd February 2014||Carne Golf Links, Belmullet, Mayo||Irish Birds 10: 243|
|Ruby-crowned Kinglet||27th October 2013||Cotter's Garden, Cape Clear Island, Cork||Irish Birds 10: 92|
|Eastern Yellow Wagtail||12th October 2013||Tory Island, Donegal||Irish Birds 10: 256|
|Wilson's Warbler||18th September 2013||Dursey Island, Cork||Irish Birds 10: 99|
|Bulwer's Petrel||1st August 2013||Off Galley Head, Cork||Irish Birds 10: 397|
|Lesser Sand Plover ¤||27th July 2013||Pilmore Strand, Cork||Irish Birds 10: 81|
|Eastern Kingbird §||5th October 2012||Kilmurvey, Inishmore, Aran Islands, Galway||Irish Birds 9: 596|
|Collared Flycatcher||29th May 2012||West Town, Tory Island, Donegal||Irish Birds 9: 605|
|Pallid Harrier||22nd April 2011||Ballyvergan Reedbed, Ballymacoda, Cork||Irish Birds 9: 459|
|White-winged Scoter||1st February 2011||Off Rossbeigh, Kerry||Irish Birds 9: 453|
|Central Asian Lesser Whitethroat||13th January 2011||Westcourt, Drogheda, Louth||Irish Birds 10: 94|
|Northern Harrier||29th October 2010||Tacumshin Lake, Wexford||Irish Birds 9: 292|
|Iberian Chiffchaff||16th June 2010||Brownstown Head, Waterford||Irish Birds 9: 306|
|Coue's Arctic Redpoll||1st May 2010||Dursey Island, Cork||Irish Birds 9: 487|
|Baikal Teal||19th February 2010||Tacumshin Lake, Wexford||Irish Birds 9: 288|
|Dresser's Eider §||2nd January 2010||Glasagh Bay, Fanad Head, Donegal||Irish Birds 9: 288|
|Red-flanked Bluetail||10th November 2009||The Waters, Dursey Island, Cork||Irish Birds 9: 276|
|Cedar Waxwing||14th October 2009||Inishbofin, Galway||Irish Birds 9: 275|
|Royal Tern||7th June 2009||Off Ring Pier, Clonakilty, Cork||Irish Birds 9: 268|
|Pacific Diver||12th January 2009||Off Tawin Island, Galway||Irish Birds 9: 454|
|Little Blue Heron||24th September 2008||Barnaderg Bay, near Letterfrack, Galway||Irish Birds 9: 87|
|Mourning Dove||20th October 2007||Inishbofin, Galway||Irish Birds 8: 600|
|Eastern Subalpine Warbler||3rd May 2007||Termon, Mullet Peninsula, Mayo||Irish Birds 10: 253|
|Black-headed Wagtail||24th April 2007||Longfield Point, Lough Foyle, Londonderry||Irish Birds 8: 604|
|Blyth's Reed Warbler||20th October 2006||Lough Errul, Cape Clear Island, Cork||Irish Birds 8: 604|
|Canada Warbler||8th October 2006||Kilbaha, Clare||Irish Birds 8: 414|
|Cirl Bunting||8th May 2006||Mizen Head, Cork||Irish Birds 8: 414|
|Barrow's Goldeneye||20th November 2005||Quoile Pondage, near Downpatrick, Down||Irish Birds 8: 376|
|Rough-legged Hawk||11th October 2005||Tulla, near Ennis, Clare||Irish Birds 8: 379|
|Green Heron||11th October 2005||Schull Harbour, Cork||Irish Birds 8: 377|
|Great Knot||25th July 2004||Swords, Malahide Estuary, Dublin||Irish Birds 8: 113|
|Hume's Leaf Warbler ¤||18th December 2003||Knockadoon Head, Cork||Irish Birds 7: 567|
|Semipalmated Plover||10th October 2003||Leabgarrow, Arranmore Island, Donegal||Irish Birds 7: 557|
|Common Yellowthroat ¤||3rd October 2003||Loop Head Lighthouse, Clare||Irish Birds 7: 573|
|Booted Warbler||27th September 2003||East Town, Tory Island, Donegal||Irish Birds 7: 565|
|Redhead||12th July 2003||Lough Errul, Cape Clear Island, Cork||Irish Birds 7: 552|
|White-crowned Sparrow||20th May 2003||Ballinacarraige, West Beara, Cork||Irish Birds 7: 573|
|Sooty Tern||23rd July 2002||Off Bridges of Ross, Clare||Irish Birds 7: 403|
|Balearic Woodchat Shrike||3rd June 2002||Mizen Head, Cork||Irish Birds 7: 570|
|Baltimore Oriole||7th October 2001||Horseshoe Cove, Baltimore, Cork||Irish Birds 7: 238|
|Cetti's Warbler||21st May 2001||Ballyvergan Reedbed, Ballymacoda, Cork||Irish Birds 7: 407|
|Isabelline Shrike||20th November 2000||Begerin House, North Slob, Wexford||Irish Birds 7: 105|
|Blue-winged Warbler §||4th October 2000||Cotter's Garden, Cape Clear Island, Cork||Irish Birds 7: 107|
|Taiga Merlin||29th September 2000||Low Road, Cape Clear Island, Cork||Irish Birds 8: 590|
National List Category System
The Association of European Rarities Committees (AERC) recommend the use of categories when compiling national lists of species. Many European rare bird committees now follow this practice including the IRBC. The following is a list of the categories in use and their significance:
- Category A
Species that have been recorded in an apparently natural state in Ireland at least once since 1st January 1950.
- Category B
Species that have been recorded in an apparently natural state in Ireland at least once up to 31st December 1949, but have not been recorded subsequently.
- Category C1
Species that, although originally introduced by man, have established feral breeding populations in Ireland which apparently maintain themselves without necessary recourse to further introduction.
- Category C2
Species that have occurred, but are considered to have originated from established naturalised populations outside Ireland.
- Category D1
Species that would otherwise appear in Categories A or B except that there is a reasonable doubt that they have ever occurred in a natural state.
- Category D2
Species that have arrived through ship or other human assistance.
- Category D3
Species that have only ever been found dead on the tideline.
- Category D4
Species that would otherwise appear in Category C1 except that their feral populations may or may not be self-supporting.
- Category E
Species that have been recorded as introductions, transportees or escapes from captivity.
The category breakdown of the Irish list on 31st December 2019 was as follows:
|Total Irish List||
Species in Category D are not included in the main Irish List. Whenever a species is assigned to more than one category, the higher category only is included in the statistics. Category A is regarded as the highest.
British Ornithologists’ Union 2013. The British List: a Checklist of Birds of Britain (8th Edition). Ibis 155: 635-676.