Delaware State List

Delaware State List of Bird Species
and the Delaware Review List

The Delaware State List of Bird Species consist of the following 405 species of birds that have been accepted for Delaware by the Delaware Bird Records Committee (DBRC) as of January 1, 2010. We request documentation for the 83 boldfaced species marked with an asterisk - this is the Delaware Review List. Please note the subspecies and the reports that are presently being reviewed by the Committee in the Addendum. All of these and any other species not on the list currently require documentation. Reports should be sent to:

Frank Rohrbacher, DBRC Secretary, 5 Neva Court, Wilmington, DE 19810 (e-mail) or to the DOS, Bird Records Committee, PO Box 4247, Greenville, DE 19807.

Names and taxonomic sequence follow the American Ornithologists' Union Check-list of North American Birds. Click on highlighted family names to see photos of birds--look for the camera icon.
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This list represents all birds accepted for Delaware by the DBRC. Species requiring documentation by the committe are indicated in boldface and with an asterisk (*).
DUCKS, GEESE, SWANS   
*Black-bellied Whistling DuckDendrocygna autumnalis
*Fulvous Whistling-duckDendrocygna bicolor
*Pink-footed GooseAnser brachyrhynchus
Greater White-fronted GooseAnser albifrons
Snow GooseChen caerulescens
Ross's GooseChen rossii
BrantBranta bernicla
Cackling GooseBranta hutchinsii
Canada GooseBranta canadensis
Mute SwanCygnus olor
Tundra SwanCygnus columbianus
Wood DuckAix sponsa
GadwallAnas strepera
Eurasian WigeonAnas penelope
American WigeonAnas americana
American Black DuckAnas rubripes
MallardAnas platyrhynchos
Blue-winged TealAnas discors
*Cinnamon TealAnas cyanoptera
Northern ShovelerAnas clypeata
Northern PintailAnas acuta
*GarganeyAnas querquedula
Green-winged TealAnas crecca
CanvasbackAythya valisineria
RedheadAythya americana
Ring-necked DuckAythya collaris
*Tufted DuckAythya fuligula
Greater ScaupAythya marila
Lesser ScaupAythya affinis
King EiderSomateria spectabilis
Common EiderSomateria mollissima
Harlequin DuckHistrionicus histrionicus
Surf ScoterMelanitta perspicillata
White-winged ScoterMelanitta fusca
Black ScoterMelanitta nigra
Long-tailed DuckClangula hyemalis
BuffleheadBucephala albeola
Common GoldeneyeBucephala clangula
Hooded MerganserLophodytes cucullatus
Common MerganserMergus merganser
Red-breasted MerganserMergus serrator
Ruddy DuckOxyura jamaicensis
  
GROUSE, PHEASANTS, TURKEYS   
Ring-necked PheasantPhasianus colchicus
Wild TurkeyMeleagris gallopavo
  
NEW WORLD QUAIL   
Northern BobwhiteColinus virginianus
  
LOONS   
Red-throated LoonGavia stellata
Common LoonGavia immer
  
GREBES   
Pied-billed GrebePodilymbus podiceps
Horned GrebePodiceps auritus
Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegena
*Eared GrebePodiceps nigricollis
*Western GrebeAechmophorus occidentalis
  
SHEARWATERS 
Northern FulmarFulmarus glacialis
Cory's ShearwaterCalonectris diomedea
Greater ShearwaterPuffinus gravis
Sooty ShearwaterPuffinus griseus
Manx ShearwaterPuffinus puffinus
Audubon's ShearwaterPuffinus lherminieri
  
STORM-PETRELS   
Wilson's Storm-PetrelOceanites oceanicus
*White-faced Storm-PetrelPelagodroma marina
Leach's Storm-PetrelOceanodroma leucorhoa
*Band-rumped Storm-PetrelOceanodroma castro
  
GANNETS, BOOBIES   
Northern GannetMorus bassanus
  
PELICANS   
American White PelicanPelecanus erythrorhynchos
Brown PelicanPelecanus occidentalis
  
CORMORANTS   
Double-crested CormorantPhalacrocorax auritus
Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo
  
FRIGATEBIRDS   
*Magnificent FrigatebirdFregata magnificens
  
HERONS, EGRETS   
American BitternBotaurus lentiginosus
Least BitternIxobrychus exilis
Great Blue HeronArdea herodias
Great EgretArdea alba
*Little EgretEgretta garzetta
Snowy EgretEgretta thula
Little Blue HeronEgretta caerulea
Tricolored HeronEgretta tricolor
*Reddish EgretEgretta rufescens
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
Green HeronButorides virescens
Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax
Yellow-crowned Night-HeronNyctanassa violacea
  
IBISES, SPOONBILLS   
White IbisEudocimus albus
Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus
White-faced IbisPlegadis chihi
*Roseate SpoonbillPlatalea ajaja
  
STORKS   
*Wood StorkMycteria americana
  
NEW WORLD VULTURES   
Black VultureCoragyps atratus
Turkey VultureCathartes aura
  
HAWKS, KITES, EAGLES   
OspreyPandion haliaetus
*Swallow-tailed KiteElanoides forficatus
*Mississippi KiteIctinia mississippiensis
Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus
Northern HarrierCircus cyaneus
Sharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatus
Cooper's HawkAccipiter cooperii
Northern GoshawkAccipiter gentilis
Red-shouldered HawkButeo lineatus
Broad-winged HawkButeo platypterus
Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensis
Rough-legged HawkButeo lagopus
Golden EagleAquila chrysaetos
*Swainson's HawkButeo swainsoni
  
FALCONS   
American KestrelFalco sparverius
MerlinFalco columbarius
*GyrfalconFalco rusticolus
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus
  
RAILS, GALLINULES, COOTS   
*Yellow RailCoturnicops noveboracensis
Black RailLaterallus jamaicensis
Clapper RailRallus longirostris
King RailRallus elegans
Virginia RailRallus limicola
SoraPorzana carolina
*Purple GallinulePorphyrula martinica
Common MoorhenGallinula chloropus
American CootFulica americana
  
CRANES   
*Sandhill CraneGrus canadensis
  
LAPWINGS, PLOVERS   
*Northern LapwingVanellus vanellus
Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola
American Golden-PloverPluvialis dominica
*Pacific Golden-PloverPluvialis fulva
Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatus
Piping PloverCharadrius melodus
KilldeerCharadrius vociferus
*European Golden-PloverPluvialis apricaria
  
OYSTERCATCHERS   
American OystercatcherHaematopus palliatus
  
STILTS, AVOCETS   
Black-necked StiltHimantopus mexicanus
American AvocetRecurvirostra americana
  
SANDPIPERS, PHALAROPES, & ALLIES   
Spotted SandpiperActitis macularia
Solitary SandpiperTringa solitaria
Greater YellowlegsTringa melanoleuca
WilletCatoptrophorus semipalmatus
Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipes
Upland SandpiperBartramia longicauda
WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
*Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosa
Hudsonian GodwitLimosa haemastica
Marbled GodwitLimosa fedoa
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
Red KnotCalidris canutus
SanderlingCalidris alba
Semipalmated SandpiperCalidris pusilla
Western SandpiperCalidris mauri
*Red-necked StintCalidris ruficollis
*Little StintCalidris minuta
Least SandpiperCalidris minutilla
White-rumped SandpiperCalidris fuscicollis
Baird's SandpiperCalidris bairdii
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos
*Sharp-tailed SandpiperCalidris acuminata
Purple SandpiperCalidris maritima
DunlinCalidris alpina
Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferruginea
Stilt SandpiperCalidris himantopus
Buff-breasted SandpiperTryngites subruficollis
RuffPhilomachus pugnax
Short-billed DowitcherLimnodromus griseus
Long-billed DowitcherLimnodromus scolopaceus
Wilson's SnipeGallinago gallinago
American WoodcockScolopax minor
Wilson's PhalaropePhalaropus tricolor
Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatus
Red PhalaropePhalaropus fulicaria
*Wood SandpiperTringa glareola
  
SKUAS, GULLS, TERNS, SKIMMERS   
Laughing GullLarus atricilla
*Franklin's GullLarus pipixcan
Little GullLarus minutus
Black-headed GullLarus ridibundus
Bonaparte's GullLarus philadelphia
*Mew GullLarus canus
Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensis
*California GullLarus californicus
Herring GullLarus argentatus
*Thayer's GullLarus thayeri
Iceland GullLarus glaucoides
Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus
Glaucous GullLarus hyperboreus
Great Black-backed GullLarus marinus
*Sabine's GullXema sabini
Black-legged KittiwakeRissa tridactyla
*Ross's GullRhodostethia rosea
*Sooty TernSterna fuscata
Bridled TernSterna anaethetus
Least TernSterna antillarum
Gull-billed TernSterna nilotica
Caspian TernSterna caspia
Black TernChlidonias niger
*White-winged TernChlidonias leucopterus
*Whiskered TernChlidonias hybridus
*Roseate TernSterna dougallii
Common TernSterna hirundo
*Arctic TernSterna paradisaea
Forster's TernSterna forsteri
Royal TernSterna maxima
Sandwich TernSterna sandvicensis
Black SkimmerRynchops niger
*Great SkuaCatharacta skua
*South Polar SkuaCatharacta maccormicki
Pomarine JaegerStercorarius pomarinus
Parasitic JaegerStercorarius parasiticus
*Long-tailed JaegerCatharacta longicaudus
  
AUKS, MURRES, PUFFINS   
DovekieAlle alle
*Common MurreUria aalge
*Thick-billed MurreUria lomvia
RazorbillAlca torda
*Black GuillemotCepphus grylle
Atlantic PuffinFratercula arctica
  
PIGEONS, DOVES   
Rock PigeonColumba livia
*Eurasian Collared-doveStreptopelia decaocto
*White-winged DoveZenaida asiatica
Mourning DoveZenaida macroura
*Common Ground-DoveColumbina passerina
  
CUCKOOS, ROADRUNNERS, ANIS   
Black-billed CuckooCoccyzus erythropthalmus
Yellow-billed CuckooCoccyzus americanus
  
BARN OWLS   
Barn OwlTyto alba
  
TYPICAL OWLS   
Eastern Screech-OwlOtus asio
Great Horned OwlBubo virginianus
Snowy OwlNyctea scandiaca
Barred OwlStrix varia
Long-eared OwlAsio otus
Short-eared OwlAsio flammeus
Northern Saw-whet OwlAegolius acadicus
  
GOATSUCKERS   
Common NighthawkChordeiles minor
Chuck-will's-widowCaprimulgus carolinensis
Whip-poor-willCaprimulgus vociferus
  
SWIFTS 
Chimney SwiftChaetura pelagica
  
HUMMINGBIRDS   
Ruby-throated HummingbirdArchilochus colubris
*Broad-tailed HummingbirdSelasphorus platycercus
Rufous HummingbirdSelasphorus rufus
*Allen's HummingbirdSelasphorus sasin
  
KINGFISHERS   
Belted KingfisherCeryle alcyon
  
WOODPECKERS   
Red-headed WoodpeckerMelanerpes erythrocephalus
Red-bellied WoodpeckerMelanerpes carolinus
Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus varius
Downy WoodpeckerPicoides pubescens
Hairy WoodpeckerPicoides villosus
Northern FlickerColaptes auratus
Pileated WoodpeckerDryocopus pileatus
  
TYRANT FLYCATCHERS   
Olive-sided FlycatcherContopus cooperi
Eastern Wood-PeweeContopus virens
Yellow-bellied FlycatcherEmpidonax flaviventris
Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescens
Alder FlycatcherEmpidonax alnorum
Willow FlycatcherEmpidonax traillii
Least FlycatcherEmpidonax minimus
*Hammond's FlycatcherEmpidonax hammondii
*Gray FlycatcherEmpidonax wrightii
*Dusky FlycatcherEmpidonax oberholseri
Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebe
*Say's PhoebeSayornis saya
*Vermilion FlycatcherPyrocephalus rubinus
Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitus
*Western KingbirdTyrannus verticalis
Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannus
*Scissor-tailed FlycatcherTyrannus forficatus
*Fork-tailed FlycatcherTyrannus savana
*Ash-throated FlycatcherMyiarchus cinerascens
*Tropical KingbirdTyrannus melancholicus
  
SHRIKES   
*Loggerhead ShrikeLanius ludovicianus
*Northern ShrikeLanius excubitor
  
VIREOS   
White-eyed VireoVireo griseus
Yellow-throated VireoVireo flavifrons
Blue-headed VireoVireo solitarius
Warbling VireoVireo gilvus
Philadelphia VireoVireo philadelphicus
Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus
  
CROWS, JAYS   
Blue JayCyanocitta cristata
American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchos
Fish CrowCorvus ossifragus
  
LARKS   
Horned LarkEremophila alpestris
  
SWALLOWS   
Purple MartinProgne subis
Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolor
Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennis
Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonota
*Cave SwallowPetrochelidon fulva
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
  
CHICKADEES   
Carolina ChickadeePoecile carolinensis
Black-capped ChickadeePoecile atricapillus
*Boreal ChickadeePoecile hudsonicus
Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolor
  
NUTHATCHES   
Red-breasted NuthatchSitta canadensis
White-breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensis
Brown-headed NuthatchSitta pusilla
  
CREEPERS   
Brown CreeperCerthia americana
  
WRENS   
Carolina WrenThryothorus ludovicianus
*Bewick's WrenThryomanes bewickii
House WrenTroglodytes aedon
Winter WrenTroglodytes troglodytes
Sedge WrenCistothorus platensis
Marsh WrenCistothorus palustris
  
KINGLETS   
Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapa
Ruby-crowned KingletRegulus calendula
  
GNATCATCHERS   
Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caerulea
  
THRUSHES   
*Northern WheatearOenanthe oenanthe
Eastern BluebirdSialia sialis
VeeryCatharus fuscescens
Gray-cheeked ThrushCatharus minimus
Bicknell's ThrushCatharus bicknelli
Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatus
Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatus
Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelina
*FieldfareTurdus pilaris
American RobinTurdus migratorius
*Varied ThrushIxoreus naevius
  
MOCKINGBIRDS, THRASHERS   
Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensis
Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos
*Sage ThrasherOreoscoptes montanus
Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufum
  
STARLINGS   
European StarlingSturnus vulgaris
  
PIPITS   
American PipitAnthus rubescens
  
WAXWINGS   
Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorum
  
WOOD-WARBLERS   
Blue-winged WarblerVermivora pinus
Golden-winged WarblerVermivora chrysoptera
Tennessee WarblerVermivora peregrina
Orange-crowned WarblerVermivora celata
Nashville WarblerVermivora ruficapilla
Northern ParulaParula americana
Yellow WarblerDendroica petechia
Chestnut-sided WarblerDendroica pensylvanica
Magnolia WarblerDendroica magnolia
Cape May WarblerDendroica tigrina
Black-throated Blue WarblerDendroica caerulescens
*Black-throated Gray WarblerDendroica nigrescens
Yellow-rumped WarblerDendroica coronata
Black-throated Green WarblerDendroica virens
Blackburnian WarblerDendroica fusca
Yellow-throated WarblerDendroica dominica
Pine WarblerDendroica pinus
Prairie WarblerDendroica discolor
Palm WarblerDendroica palmarum
Bay-breasted WarblerDendroica castanea
Blackpoll WarblerDendroica striata
Cerulean WarblerDendroica cerulea
Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta varia
American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citrea
Worm-eating WarblerHelmitheros vermivorus
*Swainson's WarblerLimnothlypis swainsonii
OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapillus
Northern WaterthrushSeiurus noveboracensis
Louisiana WaterthrushSeiurus motacilla
Kentucky WarblerOporornis formosus
Connecticut WarblerOporornis agilis
Mourning WarblerOporornis philadelphia
Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
Hooded WarblerWilsonia citrina
Wilson's WarblerWilsonia pusilla
Canada WarblerWilsonia canadensis
Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virens
  
TANAGERS   
Summer TanagerPiranga rubra
Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivacea
  
EMBERIZID SPARROWS   
*Green-tailed TowheePipilo chlorurus
Eastern TowheePipilo erythrophthalmus
American Tree SparrowSpizella arborea
Chipping SparrowSpizella passerina
Clay-colored SparrowSpizella pallida
Field SparrowSpizella pusilla
Vesper SparrowPooecetes gramineus
*Lark SparrowChondestes grammacus
Savannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensis
Grasshopper SparrowAmmodramus savannarum
*Henslow's SparrowAmmodramus henslowii
*Le Conte's SparrowAmmodramus leconteii
Nelson's Sharp-tailed SparrowAmmodramus nelsoni
Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed SparrowAmmodramus caudacutus
Seaside SparrowAmmodramus maritimus
Fox SparrowPasserella iliaca
Song SparrowMelospiza melodia
Lincoln's SparrowMelospiza lincolnii
Swamp SparrowMelospiza georgiana
White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollis
*Harris's SparrowZonotrichia querula
White-crowned SparrowZonotrichia leucophrys
Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalis
Lapland LongspurCalcarius lapponicus
Snow BuntingPlectrophenax nivalis
  
CARDINALS & ALLIES   
Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalis
Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianus
*Black-headed GrosbeakPheucticus melanocephalus
Blue GrosbeakGuiraca caerulea
Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea
*Painted BuntingPasserina ciris
DickcisselSpiza americana
  
BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES, & ALLIES   
BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorus
Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus
Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magna
Yellow-headed BlackbirdXanthocephalus xanthocephalus
Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinus
*Brewer's BlackbirdEuphagus cyanocephalus
Common GrackleQuiscalus quiscula
Boat-tailed GrackleQuiscalus major
Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus ater
Orchard OrioleIcterus spurius
Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbula
  
CARDUELINE FINCHES   
*Pine GrosbeakPinicola enucleator
Purple FinchCarpodacus purpureus
House FinchCarpodacus mexicanus
Red CrossbillLoxia curvirostra
White-winged CrossbillLoxia leucoptera
Common RedpollCarduelis flammea
Pine SiskinCarduelis pinus
American GoldfinchCarduelis tristis
Evening GrosbeakCoccothraustes vespertinus
*Lesser GoldfinchCarduelis psaltria
  
OLD WORLD SPARROWS   
House SparrowPasser domesticus
  
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