Life List

While I am not really the “lister” type of birder, I do like to keep a life list. It is not my primary goal to see as many birds as possible or to seek out rarities, but I still find value in keeping a list of all the birds I have seen/identified. This is probably a good thing as I am not the best at keeping up with my life, either in my notebook or on eBird.

Birds of North America
ANATIDAE
Cackling Goose [BC], Canada Goose [BC], Mute Swan [BC], Trumpeter Swan [BC], Tundra Swan [BC], Wood Duck [BC], Eurasian Wigeon [BC], American Wigeon [BC], Mallard [BC], Blue-winged Teal [BC], Cinnamon Teal [BC], Green-winged Teal [BC], Northern Shoveler [BC], Northern Pintail [BC], Ring-necked Duck [AB], Tufted Duck [BC], Greater Scaup [BC], Lesser Scaup [BC], Harlequin Duck [BC], Surf Scoter [BC], Long-tailed Duck [BC], Bufflehead [BC], Common Goldeneye [BC], Barrow’s Goldeneye [BC], Hooded Merganser [BC], Common Merganser [BC], Ruddy Duck [BC], White-winged Scoter [BC]

ODONTOPHORIDAE
Indian Peafowl [BC], Spruce Grouse [BC], California Quail [BC], Ruffed Grouse [BC]

GAVIIDAE
Common Loon [BC]

PODICIPEDIDAE
Pied-billed Grebe [BC], Horned Grebe [BC], Red-necked Grebe [BC], Western Grebe [BC]

PHALACROCORACIDAE
Brandt’s Cormorant [BC], Pelagic Cormorant [BC], Double-crested Cormorant [BC]

ARDEIDAE
Great Blue Heron [BC], Black-crowned Night Heron [NY], Great Egret [NY]

CATHARTIDAE
Turkey Vulture [BC]

PANDIONIDAE
Osprey [BC]

ACCIPITRIDAE
Bald Eagle [BC], Cooper’s Hawk [BC], Red-tailed Hawk [BC], Golden Eagle [BC]

RALLIDAE
American Coot [BC]

HAEMATOPODIDAE
Black Oystercatcher [BC]

CHARADRIIDAE
Killdeer [BC], Semipalmated Plover [BC]

SCOLOPACIDAE
Greater Yellowlegs [BC], Lesser Yellowlegs [BC], Black Turnstone [BC], Whimbrel [BC], Western Sandpiper [BC]

ALCIDAE
Piegon Guillemot [BC], Marbled Murrelet [BC], Rhinoceros Auklet [BC]

LARIDAE
Bonaparte’s Gull [BC], Herring Gull [BC], Common Tern [NY], Ring-billed Gull [NY]

COLUMBIDAE
Rock Pigeon [BC], Band-tailed Pigeon [BC], Mourning Dove [BC]

STRIGIDAE
Great-Horned Owl [BC], Barred Owl [BC], Northern Saw-whet Owl [BC]

TROCHILIDAE
Anna’s Hummingbird [BC], Rufous Hummingbird [BC]

ALCEDINIDAE
Belted Kingfisher [BC]

PICIDAE
Red-breasted Sapsucker [BC], Downy Woodpecker [BC], Hairy Woodpecker [BC], Northern Flicker [BC], Pileated Woodpecker [BC]

FALCONIDAE
Peregrine Falcon [BC]

TYRANNIDAE
Olive-sided Flycatcher [BC], Eastern Kingbird [NY]

VIREONIDAE
Warbling Vireo [BC]

CORVIDAE
Gray Jay [BC], Steller’s Jay [BC], Clark’s Nutcracker [AB], Black-billed Magpie [BC], American Crow [BC], Northwestern Crow [BC], Common Raven [BC]

HIRUNDINIDAE
Purple Martin [BC], Tree Swallow [BC], Barn Swallow [BC], Violet-green Swallow [BC]

PARIDAE
Black-capped Chickadee [BC], Chestnut-backed Chickadee [BC]

AEGITHALIDAE
Bushtit [BC]

SITTIDAE
Red-breasted Nuthatch [BC], White-breasted Nuthatch [NY]

CERTHIIDAE
Brown Creeper [BC]

TROGLODYTIDAE
Pacific Wren [BC], Marsh Wren [BC], Bewick’s Wren [BC]

CINCLIDAE
American Dipper [BC]

REGULIDAE
Ruby-crowned Kinglet [BC]

TURDIDAE
Swainson’s Thrush [BC], American Robin [BC], Varied Thrush [BC], Hermit Thrush [BC]

MIMIDAE
Gray Catbird [NY]

STURNIDAE
European Starling [BC]

BOMBYCILLIDAE
Cedar Waxwing [BC]

PARULIDAE
Orange-crowned Warbler [BC], Common Yellowthroat [BC], Yellow Warbler [BC], Yellow-rumped Warbler [BC], American Redstart [NY]

EMBERIZIDAE
Spotted Towhee [BC], Chipping Sparrow [BC], Fox Sparrow [BC], Song Sparrow [BC], White-crowned Sparrow [BC], Golden-crowned Sparrow [BC], Dark-eyed Junco [BC], Savannah Sparrow [BC]

CARDINALIDAE
Black-headed Grosbeak [BC], Rose-breasted Grosbeak [NY], Northern Cardinal [NY]

ICTERIDAE
Red-winged Blackbird [BC], Brewer’s Blackbird [BC], Common Grackle [ON]

FRINGILLIDAE
Pine Grosbeak [BC], White-winged Crossbill [AB], American Goldfinch [BC], House Finch [BC]

PASSERIDAE
House Sparrow [BC]


total North America: 143

Birds of New Zealand
ANATIDAE
Black Swan, Canada Goose*, Paradise Shelduck (putangitangi), Mallard*, Mute Swan*

ODONTOPHORIDAE
California Quail*

COLUMBIDAE
Rock Pigeon*

ORVIDAE
Black-billed Magpie*

RALLIDAE
Pukeko, Weka

SPHENISCIDAE
Yellow-eyed Penguin (hoiho), Little Blue Penguin (korora)

MELIPHAGIDAE
Tui, Bellbird (korimako)

RHIPIDURIDAE
New Zealand Fantail (piwakawaka)

PASSERIDAE
House Sparrow*

STRIGOPIDAE
Kea


total New Zealand: 17 (10 not including duplicate species)
*birds that do not count toward life list as they are geographical duplicates

Life total species: 153

last updated: June 15, 2017